Addressing a session of the Defense Ministry board on April 21, 2017, Russian Defense Minister Army General Sergei Shoigu said that multipurpose frigates such as Admiral Gorshkov are to be the backbone of the Russian Navy and «raise its combat potential by 30 %»...
While the arms control regime is going through the hardest times ever, a superweapons arms race is on. This month, the US demonstrated its capability to deliver long-range precision strikes in Syria. It also used its most powerful non-nuclear bomb in Afghanistan. The GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast can obliterate everything within a 1,000-yard radius.
The Northern Fleet’s crews of Kamov Ka-27M modernized multipurpose helicopters started their special training in March. Last December, the Russian naval aviation received the first eight upgraded rotary wing aircraft capable of detecting all ships and submarines currently in service with other navies. Today, the helicopters are operated by the Black Sea and Northern Sea fleets as well as the Yeysk naval aviation training center.
On March 30, the Russian Navy launched Kazan, the second upgraded Yasen-class project 885M submarine. The Navy will take delivery of the vessel in 2018. A total of seven Yasen class nuclear attack submarines are to be built by 2023. Kazan is an upgraded Project 885M design – an advanced version that is in many ways much more capable than the lead ship of the class, Severodvinsk, the first submarine in the series, entered service in 2016.
The Yasen-M nuclear attack boat (SSGN) Kazan (Project 885M) will be launched by the end of this year. The SSGNs of this class can be deployed in anti-submarine warfare, anti-surface warfare, surveillance operations and special missions...
The Knyaz Pozharsky SSBN (Ship Submarine Ballistic Nuclear) was launched on December 23, 2016 to enter service in 2018. It was laid down in 2012 to become the fourth submarine in the series of eight Borei-class SSBNs and the first submarine of the improved Borei-A (Borei-II) Project...
According to the plans announced on January 10, the new Sovershenny corvette (project 20380) – the newest ship of this class in the Russian Navy - will be commissioned the in the first half of 2017 to join the Pacific Fleet. The Steregushchy-class ship was laid down at the Amur shipbuilding yards in the Far East of Russia back in 2006 and launched in 2015. At present it is going through sea trials...
The US is mulling a major overhaul of its nuclear triad. The Air Force is working on a new version of the intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) and the Long Range Strike-Bomber (LRS-B) program. The Navy is studying the plans to replace the Ohio-class submarines. According to the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments, the plans to recapitalize the nuclear triad will cost more than $700 billion over the next 25 years...
Russia’s dispatch of a ten-ship flotilla to the Syrian Coast has raised some outrage and sneers aplenty in the West. Particularly when one of its embarked MiG-29K fighters crashed on takeoff from Russia’s sole carrier, the obsolescent Admiral Kuznetsov which lacks catapults.
Admiral Grigorovich, the most modern frigate of the Russian Navy, has joined the Russian naval task force deployed near Syria’s shore. She arrived off the Syrian coast on November 4, adding to the Russian naval capability in the Mediterranean, including the Admiral Kuznetsov battle group. The arrival heralds a significant enhancement of the operation against terrorists...