“As a rule, materials about accidents on nuclear submarines are classified for 25 years, it will not be long to wait”
Experts continue to comment on the statement of the former commander of the Northern Fleet, Admiral Vyacheslav Popov, that that the nuclear submarine K-141 “Kursk” was lost after a collision in the Barents Sea with a NATO submarine. His version of the tragic events that took place on August 12, 2000, was presented to MK by the chairman of the St. Petersburg club of submariners, captain of the 1st rank reserve Igor Kurdin.
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– Today, November 22, Admiral Vyacheslav Alekseevich Popov turns 75 years old. Perhaps this became an informational occasion for interviewing him. Although the correspondent did not even congratulate him on his birthday and did not mention it. I listened attentively to Admiral Popov's interview, which lasted about an hour; naturally, he did not ignore the sinking of the Kursk submarine either. I want to say that many experts, including high-ranking admirals of the Navy, support the version of Admiral Popov, believing that the main reason for the death of the Kursk was a collision with a foreign submarine. I would also like to draw your attention to the very prompt statement of the Kremlin official. Dmitry Peskov referred to the fact that an investigation was carried out, a conclusion was drawn, therefore, they do not consider it necessary to comment on the appearance of any other hypotheses.
Igor Kurdin says that due to the current military-political situation and the relations that we have developed with NATO, Admiral Popov's statement sounded very timely. Our country has thus reminded Americans of old debts.
Kurdin has been conducting his own investigation for many years. Last year he published a book “Kursk. 20 years later”. The captain of the 1st rank met and talked with many people – with the designers of the submarine, the shipbuilders who built it, with the admirals and officers who prepared the Kursk, including for participation in these exercises, as well as with rescuers. divers.
– I would like to draw your attention to the opinion of the rescuers, who immediately after the accident carried out an examination not only of the submarine lying on the ground, but also of the entire adjacent area, – says Igor Kurdin, – They were given a clear task: to find evidence that there was a foreign submarine. They, as they say, “dug the bottom with their noses,” but did not find any evidence in favor of this version. Each of us can express any version, 20 years ago, for example, there were more than 20.
As a result, a government commission led by the Attorney General came to the conclusion that a man-made disaster had occurred. On “Kursk” torpedo 65-76A exploded in torpedo tube No. 4 due to leakage of fuel components. The resulting fire entailed the detonation of the torpedoes located in the 1st compartment. Two minutes later, a second explosion occurred, which led to the destruction of several compartments of the submarine.
Of course, I would not discount the version about the involvement of foreign submarines in the downing of the Kursk. What I wrote about in the book. If Admiral Popov says that he has evidence of the involvement of foreign submarines in the sinking of the Kursk, the Chief Military Prosecutor's Office should be interested in them. But after all, an investigation was carried out. I repeat that in the materials of the criminal case that I have, no facts and evidence are given in favor of this version.
We know that the Kursk was at periscope depth on the day of its sinking, for quite a long time it was sailing with a constant course and speed. That foreign submarines could track him is absolutely true. That's why they were in this area. The fact that a foreign submarine could lose contact with the Kursk may also be, although it is unlikely. The boat, sailing at periscope depth, is well bugged. Well, let's say that a foreign submarine has lost the Kursk, what is she doing? Goes to the point of loss of contact in order to restore it. To collide with the Kursk, she had to be at the same depth or hit our submarine from below. However, experts who examined the Kursk hull before and after the ascent did not find any marks. Even during the explosion, some traces could be found, but they could not be found.
– In the conclusion of the investigation it is said that there is no real confirmation of this fact. Or we don't know about it. The SOS signal is not just three dots, three dashes, three dots. It is delivered over a special communication line, on a specific international frequency that everyone can hear. The coordinates are automatically specified.
– Project 667BDRM submarine “Dolphin”, which I once commanded, also participated in these exercises, conducted rocket fire. At the same time, she was at a fairly large distance from the Kursk. The submarine commander, my former assistant, told me that, being at a depth of 45 meters, at a certain moment they felt a powerful water hammer. He perfectly understood that at this time, in this area, there could be no icebergs. No surface ship or vessel has such a draft to collide with a submarine. And they rightly assumed that they had collided with a foreign submarine, which they reported. Then it turned out that their submarine was at a distance of more than 80 kilometers from the Kursk. This water hammer was from the second explosion, when the cruiser had already hit the ground.
Agree, if a foreign submarine had hit the Kursk, it would have been several tens of meters from our cruiser. The impact on it would be like the explosion of a huge depth charge. And to say that it lay on the ground, and then the submariners managed to fix it, restore the course, it went further, and our aviation found it in the Norwegian Sea, somehow it is not logical.
As a rule, materials about accidents on nuclear submarines are classified for 25 years. There is not long left to wait, and, quite possibly, we will learn about some facts that indicate that we were mistaken, and foreign nuclear submarines were really involved in the sinking of the Kursk.