Modern nuclear attack submarines

With the episode of the cancellation of the contract for conventionally powered Shortfin Barracuda submarines by Australia in favor of American-British nuclear-powered submarines, nuclear-powered attack submarines have experienced, these recent months, a relatively contradictory media over-exposure with the mission by nature discreet of these oceanic Leviathans which constitute, even today, among the most complex human constructions ever carried out. As fast as they are stealthy, nuclear attack submarines yes SNA, whose missions go from intelligence gathering to anti-surface warfare, but also to hunting other submarines, are today the prerogative exclusive to the navies of the 5 major world nuclear powers…

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As in 2021, the Russian Navy will receive 3 new nuclear submarines in 2022

For more than 2 decades, the Russian Navy was the poor relation of the country's armed forces, unable even to finance the maintenance in operational condition of its fleet inherited from the Soviet Union. From 2012, however, the political orientations changed with the return of Vladimir Putin to the Kremlin and the arrival of Sergei Shoigu at the Ministry of Defense, and a vast plan of financing and modernization of the means but also of the Russian naval infrastructures was implemented. This plan is now bearing fruit, since despite a shaky economy and a nominal GDP barely higher than that of Spain, the…

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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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Russia continues efforts to modernize its naval force

After the collapse of the Soviet Union, the Russian Navy experienced a long period of scarcity, seeing its unmaintained ships and new units arrive in dribs and drabs, when they did arrive. At the end of the 2000s, the operational situation was even catastrophic, with a majority of ships unfit for combat, if not for navigation. It was at this point that Moscow made the decision to start modernizing its fleet, first by acquiring new models of well-armed patrol boats and corvettes, such as the Buyan and Buyan-M, and conventional submarines Improved Kilo, while undertaking a vast plan of…

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Russian military naval production now surpasses Europe

On August 23, President Vladimir Putin announced the launch of the construction of 6 new ships for the Russian military fleet during his visit to the ARMY-2021 exhibition which is being held at Patriot Park in the suburbs of Moscow. Thus, these are 2 new nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarines of the Borei-A class, 2 conventionally powered Project 636.3 improved Kilo submarines and 2 light frigates whose exact model has not been announced (22380 or 22385 ) which will be built at the shipyards of Severodvinsk, St. Petersburg and Komsomolsk-on-Amur. In recent months, Vladimir Putin has become accustomed to this type of announcement concerning…

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DARPA is again interested in Ekranoplan

In September 2020, three American officers from the US Navy and Marine Corps published a flamboyant article on the website of the very serious US Naval Institute. Captain of the Marines Walker D. Mills, Lieutenant-Commander Phillips-Levine and Captain of the US Navy Joshua Taylor presented, in fact, a remarkable analysis on the opportunity for the American armies to develop and deploy a fleet of 'Ekanoplan, also Wing in Ground effect or WIG across the Atlantic, to evolve and strengthen the strategic transport capabilities of US forces in the face of the challenges posed by specific geography and the denial of Chinese access to the Pacific. Obviously,…

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With the 3M22 Tzirkon anti-ship missile, the Russian Navy wins in Europe

Left uncultivated for almost 20 years after the collapse of the Soviet Union, the reconstruction of Russian maritime power, as well as the country's military naval industry, is now beginning to show the fruits of Moscow's efforts. these last 10 years. With the entry into service of the new Project 22350 Admiral Gorshkov frigates, Project 20380 Steregushchyi and Project 20385 Gremyashchyi corvettes, Project 636.3 Improved Kilo conventional submarines, and Project 885-M Iassen-M and project 955 Boreï-A with nuclear propulsion, it now has ships that have nothing to envy to their Western counterparts, quite the contrary. But a weapon, whose...

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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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NATO re-invests the North Atlantic against Russia

In 1986, the writer Tom Clancy and his sidekick Larry Bond, to whom we owe the famous naval simulation game Harpoon, published the novel “Red Storm Rising”, in French “Tempête Rouge”. The fascinating story presented in the book addresses, in particular, the key role for NATO that Iceland represented in the potential mastery of the North Atlantic to maintain a logistical flow between the United States and Europe in the event of a conflict with the Soviet Union. The novel so marked the minds that NATO decided to strengthen its presence on the Icelandic air base of Keflavik, by permanently deploying a squadron of F15 fighters. After…

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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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