Figure 1. AS-12/AS-31 Losharik tentative schema.
On 1 July 2019, fourteen Russian sailors died in a fire during the testing of a secret Russian military submarine. The type of vessel is believed to be an AS-12/AS-31 “Losharik” deep-diving nuclear sub. While the Russian government insists, they were just surveying the ocean floor for science, the high military ranks of the participating sailors show that the spy capabilities to include taping and severing undersea communication cables are the p