The United States fears the trivialization of Russian and Chinese “blackmail to deterrence”

Barely a few days after the start of military operations in Ukraine, Vladimir Putin ordered, in a very publicized manner, his Chief of Staff and his Minister of Defense to put the Russian strategic forces on high alert, in response the first round of sanctions from the United States and Europe against Russia in response to this aggression. Since then, Moscow has repeatedly repeated its strategic threats in an attempt to prevent the West from interfering in the ongoing conflict, and to provide growing support to the Ukrainians. If this did not prevent the United States, Great Britain and many European countries from delivering armaments...

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The Russian-Ukrainian conflict after 36 hours of fighting

While the Russian offensive against Ukraine began a little over 36 hours ago, the information concerning the conduct of operations by the two belligerents, but also the reality of the fighting relayed by the OSINT community and by the few journalists who remain on the spot, already make it possible to draw the first lessons of this war, but also of the operational capacities of the two armies. More than 160 ballistic and cruise missiles fired in 24 hours If the Russian forces implemented Kalibr cruise missiles fired from corvettes and submarines positioned in the Black Sea and…

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3M22 Tzirkon hypersonic missile tested from Severodvinsk nuclear submarine

While the Tzirkon 3M22 hypersonic anti-ship missile test campaign was crowned with success in September with the 10th successful firing from the Admiral Gorshkov frigate after a campaign started in February 2020, the Russian authorities announced that the tests of implementation of the new missile from submarine would begin in October. It will hardly have been necessary to be patient since on October 4, the Russian Navy announced that it had carried out the first two firings of this test phase, both from the nuclear missile submarine Severodvinsk, the first unit of the Iassen class. of project 885,…

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With Admiral Nakhimov, Russia will have the most powerfully armed cruiser in 2023

The Soviet Kirov-class nuclear cruisers were, when they entered service in 1980, considered the most powerful surface naval units in existence, with the exception of aircraft carriers, and forced the US Navy to recommission 4 Missouri-class WWII battleship, to try to balance things out. Heavily armed, with nuclear propulsion and a crew of 800 officers and sailors, these ships had unparalleled firepower until the collapse of the Soviet Union. Over the next 30 years, two of the cruisers, the Kirov renamed Admiral Ushakov, and the Frunze renamed Admiral Lazarev, were retired…

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Russia's new cruise missiles can hit the United States directly

It is true that for the past two years, the vast majority of the Pentagon's attention has focused on China and the rapidly changing situation in the Western Pacific. But for General Glen D. Vanheck, commander of the US Northern Command in charge of protecting North America, the greatest threat that could hit the United States today would not come from Beijing and its ballistic missiles, but of Moscow and its new cruise missiles, capable of reaching American territory directly from its own soil now. On the occasion of an online forum organized by the Center for Strategic and International…

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Will the Kazan nuclear missile submarine be the nightmare of Western navies?

According to the Russian Ministry of Defense, the new Kazan nuclear missile submarine, second unit of the Iassen class but first unit of the project 885-M Iassen-M variant, would have been admitted to active service this Friday, May 7, and would have joined the Russian Navy to be deployed within the Northern Fleet. Despite the construction delays and a delivery postponed for 2 years, the arrival of this new submarine seems to worry the Western General Staff, concerned about the offensive capabilities of the new submersible, but also about its great discretion. And indeed, the Kazan, along with the other 7 submarines of the Iassen-M variant at…

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Russia orders 6 new corvettes for the Pacific fleet

The Russian Ministry of Defense announced, via the TASS agency, a new order for corvettes of the 20380 family, in order to strengthen and modernize the Pacific fleet between 2024 and 2028. Two of these ships will be Steregushchiy class corvettes of project 20380, while the 4 others will be of the Gremyashchiy class of project 20385, in both cases ships with significant firepower, and able to significantly strengthen Russian naval capabilities on its Pacific coast. The Steregushchiy class corvettes, 6 of which are already in service with the Baltic fleets and…

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Vladimir Putin wants to revive the INF treaty on short and medium range missiles

It won't have dragged on. In our article devoted to Moscow's accusations against Berlin vis-à-vis the non-respect of the treaty on the non-proliferation of nuclear weapons, we wondered about Moscow's objectives for seizing today this file which has existed for more than of 40. A clue may have been given by Vladimir Putin himself today, when he tabled an offer of nuclear arms control over the European Theater, independent of other theatres. This is a profound break in Russian positions, and an offer that could largely appeal to Europeans. Vladimir Putin's proposal is simple: he...

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Russia simultaneously begins construction of 2 frigates, 2 nuclear submarines and 2 assault helicopter carriers

We know that the Russian Defense is skilful when it comes to communication, and that it is not stingy with symbols. In this regard, this July 16, 2020 will be a milestone for the Russian Navy, since the keel-laying ceremonies of two frigates from the extended Admiral Gorshkov project 22350, two nuclear submarines from the 885-M Iassen, and two project 23900 assault helicopter carriers. In a single day, the Russian Navy launches 6 major ocean-going ships, which is as much, if not more, than many Western navies have. and European. In recent decades, the Navy...

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With Laika class, Russia wants a non-nuclear deterrent submarine

In an interview published by the Russian Armed Forces newspaper Krasnaya Zvezda (Red Star), Admiral Nikolai Yevmenov provides an update on the developments of the new class of 5th generation attack submarines which will enter service during the next decade in the Russian Navy. Designated Laika class, named after the first dog to be sent into space, this program, previously identified by the name "Husky", is set to become the central model of the Russian nuclear submarine range for several decades. . The program is only in the general design phase, and it is obviously far too early to…

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