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The Soviet Union/Russian Navy Project 705 (Лира/Lira, "Lyre") was a class of hunter/killer nuclear-powered submarines. The class is also known by the NATO reporting name of Alfa. They were the fastest class of military submarines built, with only the prototype K-222 (NATO Papa class) exceeding them in submerged speed. The Lira was a unique design among submarines. In addition to the revolutionary use of titanium for its hull, it used a powerful lead cooled fast reactor as a power source, which greatly reduced the size of the reactor compared to conventional designs, thus reducing the overall size of the submarine, and allowing for very high speeds. However, it also meant that the reactor had a short lifetime and had to be kept warm when it was not being used. As a result, the Liras were used as interceptors, mostly kept in port ready for a high-speed dash into the North Atlantic.

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Shipyard Launched Commissioned Status
K-64 Admiralty (Sudomekh), Leningrad 22-Apr-69 31-Dec-71 Decommissioned August 19, 1974 for scrapping
K-123 SEVMASH, Severodvinsk 4-Apr-76 12-Dec-77 Decommissioned July 31, 1996 for scrapping
K-316 Admiralty (Sudomekh), Leningrad 25-Jul-74 30-Sep-78 Decommissioned April 19, 1990 for scrapping
K-432 SEVMASH, Severodvinsk 3-Nov-77 31-Dec-78 Decommissioned April 19, 1990 for scrapping
K-373 Admiralty (Sudomekh), Leningrad 19-Apr-78 29-Dec-79 Decommissioned April 19, 1990 for scrapping
K-493 SEVMASH, Severodvinsk 21-Sep-80 30-Sep-81 Decommissioned April 19, 1990 for scrapping
K-463 Admiralty (Sudomekh), Leningrad 30-Mar-81 30-Dec-81 Decommissioned April 19, 1990 for scrapping

 

Any service era or vessel configuration - We can build a model of them all - your pick.

We offer our Soviet Navy Alpha Class Submarine Models in several popular size/scale offerings for easy ordering and selection.  However, if you would like your model made in a size other than those sizes listed, please contact us with your request. Custom orders are our specialty!

Our submarine models are made-to-order, meaning that we do not stock any pre-made models.  Only when a customer tells us the size and/or scale desired do we build the model. Each model is exquisitely crafted by our master model builders and comes fully assembled with a solid hull - hand carved from kiln-dried mahogany.  Other parts are made from a variety of woods, putty, resin and metals. Every model includes  pedestals, a polished mahogany base board, and a name plate.  Options include keel block mounting, waterline models, ships seals and ribbons, and weathering paint schemes.

The model build time is generally 24 weeks from receipt of the order and deposit. The normal procedure is a 50% deposit with the commissioning, with the balance due prior to shipping.  Note that prior to shipping, we take a series of photos of the model and send them to you for final review and approval – so you know exactly what your model will look like and allow for any necessary modifications. Once you have approved your model, we’ll collect the final balance and she will be shipped in a robust shipping crate and insured for your protection.

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Shipping costs outside the USA will depend on the model size ordered and shipping destination. You will be responsible for any applicable taxes or duties, based on the commercial invoice value for the model.

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Alpha Class Submarine Models

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