The Russian Navy will not order the second batch of 6 corvettes of the Vasily Bykov class

Disappointed with some of the performance observed in combat situations, the Russian Admiralty has reportedly decided not to order the second batch of Vasily Bykov-class corvettes, of which 4 units currently form the backbone of the Black Sea Fleet. In addition, the first 4 corvettes in service will all be equipped with a Tor-M2MK anti-aircraft system already seen on the first unit of the class. The first 4 Vasily Bykov class corvettes are today one of the main operational pillars of the Russian Black Sea Fleet. By their capacity to implement 8 Kalibr-NK cruise missiles, these ships…

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The Russian Navy embeds TOR anti-aircraft systems on its corvettes in the Black Sea

A snapshot posted on social media shows the Vasily Bykov corvette of project 22160 along the coast of Crimea sailing with a land-based Tor M2KM modular anti-aircraft system installed on its helicopter platform, probably to strengthen its anti-aircraft and anti-aircraft defense capabilities. -missile. Since the loss of the cruiser Moskva on April 14, 2022, sunk by two Ukrainian P360 Neptune anti-ship missiles, the Russian Black Sea Fleet, which until now considered itself invulnerable in these waters, has profoundly changed its doctrine, its ships no longer evolving according to pre-defined and repetitive trajectories, and above all by keeping a good distance from the coasts under Ukrainian control.…

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Ukrainian forces sank a Russian assault ship in the port of Berdyansk

In recent days, the Ukrainian armed forces have had some success, pushing back the Russian armies more than 30 km from Kyiv to the east of the city at the end of Bovary, while the Ukrainian forces have started a maneuver to try to encircle, or at least cut off the supply lines, of the Russian forces west of the city. Other Ukrainian counter-offensives in the north of the country, but also in the south around the town of Mykolaiev, also obtained certain results, without however being decisive. But today, Ukraine has succeeded in an attack which, by its audacity but also its…

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Unprecedented naval force deployments in the Mediterranean

Despite French and European mediation attempts, tensions between Russia, Ukraine and NATO have continued to intensify in recent days. In addition to the uninterrupted deployment of new troops along the Ukrainian border in Russia, Crimea and Belarus, the Russian armies are said to have undertaken to move the powerful 2nd Guards Combined Arms Combined Army, the mainstay of the Central Military District, to the West, this contributing to the massive reinforcement noted for several days of the Russian offensive device on its western borders. To these deployments of land and air forces, are now added those of many naval units, creating an unprecedented tension since the…

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Ukrainian and Western intelligence fear Russian winter offensive in Ukraine

The scenario is well known by now. According to satellite observations and Ukrainian and Western intelligence services, Russia is in fact massing a considerable armed force of nearly 100.000 men and around a hundred combat battalions on the Ukrainian border, facing Donbass and in Crimea. And once again, as was the case in March 2021, but also in 2019 and 2020, the fear of seeing Moscow launch an offensive against Ukraine reappears quite logically. According to the American intelligence services, the Russian armed forces would indeed already have more than sixty BTG (Battalion Tactical group),…

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US Forces in Europe on High Alert Amid Russian-Ukrainian Crisis

The command of the American Forces in Europe, the US European Command, placed all of its forces on Wednesday morning at the highest level of alert, the “Potential Imminent Crisis” level, after observing very significant troop movements. Russians on the Russian-Ukrainian border and in Crimea. Many videos published by Russian social networks also attest to these troop movements. According to American experts, this deployment of force could initially suggest a large-scale regional exercise, but the lack of withdrawal and the arrival of new forces are now worrying American strategists, like their Ukrainian counterparts who have also ordered…

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Turkey at the heart of a node of polymorphic crises in the Eastern Mediterranean

By misuse of language, reference is generally made to the strong tensions between Greece and Cyprus and Turkey when it comes to the crisis in the Eastern Mediterranean. This theater concentrates, in reality, a large number of actors, all with different objectives, and yet all in tension as a result of the out-of-control behavior of the Turkish president in the area. France, Russia, Egypt, Israel, European Union, all are today involved in a crisis which could have considerable implications. President Erdogan has indeed launched, in recent years, a series of military operations and troop movements that have led all of his neighbors, such as…

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The second corvette of the Russian Karakurt class starts his tests

The Sovetsk corvette, hull number 252, the second representative of the Karakurt 22800 light missile corvette project, was transferred to Lake Lagoda, to begin its builder tests, before being transferred to the Baltic fleet, to carry out its State tests, to be admitted to service before the end of 2019. The Karakurt class buildings weigh only 800 tons, for a length of 67m, are characteristic of the "Mosquito fleet" that the Russian Navy constitutes in order to control the inland seas, such as the Baltic, the Black Sea and the Caspian Sea. Although very small in size, these corvettes are…

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