In the early 1980s, the Lazurit Central Design
Bureau developed a Project 1855 for the Prize rescue submarine of the third generation,
chief designer E.V. Krylova. Apparatus of this type are designed to rescue crews
from emergency submarines by docking to emergency exits of submarines. In total,
4 units were built for this project.
The titanium hulled vessels are 13,5
m long, 3,8 m wide and 4,6 m high, with a displacement of 55 tonnes. Capable of
operating at depths up to 1000 metres, they have a range of 21 nautical miles
(39 km), at a top speed of 2,3 knots. With a crew of four, they can stay submerged
for up to 120 hours, but with the crew and a full complement of 20 passengers
aboard this is reduced to 10 hours. The Priz vessels are equipped with manipulators
that can lift up to 50 kg. The Priz rescue submarines are carried by submersible
support ships of Project 05360 or Project 05361, which can carry up to two of
the submarines. The ships are equipped with special equipment to deploy Priz in
Deep-submergence rescue vehicle AS-18 laid down in January
1982 at the Krasnoe Sormovo Shipyard named after A.A.Zhdanov, Gorky (yard No.1),
launched on 10 December 1985, commissioned on 12 August 1986 and was assigned
to the Pacific Fleet.
From July 2006 to April 2008, AS-28 was modernized
according to the Project 18551.
In January 2016 the rescue submarine was
transferred to the Black Sea Fleet.
Now in service.
| Displacement (tons):|
nmi (2,3 knots)|
|Diving depth (m):|
|Electronics:|| MGA-19 Krilyon
sonar, MGS-22 Gletcher sonar, MGA-25 Protey-6 underwater communications system,
MSTA-M-AS navigation complex|