"I am not among those who fear the people. They and not the rich, are our dependence for continued freedom." -- Thomas Jefferson, 1816 "[F]acts are before ideas." -- Mikhail Bakunin, 1882
It's not the ship that the U.S. Navy is scared of, it's the 16 SS-N-12 Sandox supersonic anti ship missiles traveling at Mach 2.5 skimming just above the water with a 2,000 lb. semi armor piercing warhead.
Remember that the Slava's don't operate alone, they have AA, ASW escorts and attack subs as escorts.
Paired P-500/SS-N-19 Bazalt/Sandbox Launchers
>" While most missiles launchers that have been converted to fire standard missiles, these launchers retained the original missile that they were designed for. The missile launchers fire P-500 Bazalt/SS-N-12 Sandbox missiles. The missile is similar to the original model but the guidance systems have been improved on the missiles. The missiles are the predecessor to the Shipwreck missile carried on the Kirov class The missiles can be fired be fired at either ground or surface targets but cannot be targeted on air targets. The ships has 16 Sandbox missiles in paired launch systems on the sides of the ship. The missiles are considered smart missiles (+5 to strike, +4 to dodge, and 2 attacks per melee until they strike their target or run out of fuel) and can be launched at multiple targets simultaneously. The missiles travel at a speed of Mach 2.2 (1657 mph/ 1440 knots/ 2667 kph). This calculates to a speed of 7.5 miles (6.5 nautical miles / 12 km) per melee. Missiles can withstand 40 MDC before being destroyed.
Maximum Effective Range: 288 miles (250 nautical miles / 463 km)
Mega-Damage: 2D4x100 per missile (Blast radius of 80 feet / 24.4 meters)
Rate of Fire: One at a time or in volley of 2, 3, or 4 (including all launchers) in any combinations and at multiple target at the same time.
Payload: 16 Shipwreck Missiles (2 per paired set of launchers)..."<
16 cruise missiles could never swamp the air defenses of a carrier battle group.
A single Burke class escort alone could launch FOUR Standard II missiles to intercept for each anti ship missile the Slava launched.
A massed missile attack with Backfire bombers would probably be the only way you could swamp the defenses of a CBG.
There are many in the naval community who believe that we should have a mixture of nuclear powered and diesel electric subs. Diesel electric subs like the Russians Kilo class are blue water subs. All of the subs during WW ll on all sides were diesel electric and operated in a blue water evironment.
What your confused with is the range that was stated, the 437 mile range is submerged running on the batteries. It can run at a faster speed but it would reduce it's range without recharging the batteries. Snorkeling, the Kilo class subs have over a 7,000 mile range submerged.
I am a former submariner, in addition to a surface warfare officer trained in ASW in the Navy.
As for WWII, submarines had to be in FRONT of the target and let the target come to them simply because they cannot make any speed while submerged and if surfaced they were sitting ducks.