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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Arleigh Burke, Kongo, Super Gorshkov: Modern Destroyers - Part 2

This article follows the article “Hobart, Type 52D, Sejong le Grand: modern destroyers – Part 1” published on May 24, 2021, which presented the Hobart (Australia), Type 052D/DL (China), Sejong le Grand (South Korea) and Kolkata (India). The second part completes this panel of the 8 main classes of Modern Destroyers, with the Kongo class (Japan), Arleigh Burke (United States), Daring (United Kingdom) and 22350M Super Gorshkov (Russia). Kongo class (Japan, 4+2+2 units) The Japanese Naval Self-Defense Forces are considered the most powerfully armed 3rd fleet in the world, on par with Russia and second only to the US Navy…

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Type 31, FDI, Gorshkov: What are the frigates worth today?

Today, the frigate represents the surface combat ship of excellence for first-class navies, combining the versatility of their sensors with advanced weapon systems to ensure a wide range of missions, from escort to control of maritime spaces, and sometimes even denial of access and land strikes. In this article, we are going to study some of the main classes of modern medium tonnage frigates, destined to become the backbone of many navies in the world, in order to compare them with each other but also to refine the perception of the technological balance of power and military in the field...

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The Russian Navy wants more class 22350 frigates Admiral Gorshkov

Since the entry into service of the first frigate of project 22350, the frigate Admiral Gorshkov, announcements follow one another to increase the number. Initially planned for only 4 units, the class has been continuously extended, first in April 2019 by the construction of 2 additional units, this time equipped not with 16 but with 24 UkSK silos that can accommodate missiles as long as the P-800 Onyx, the hypersonic 3M22 Tzirkon, and the 9M54 Kalibr cruise missile, while retaining the 32 silos for the anti-aircraft missiles of the Poliment-Redut system. A few months later, in September 2019, the Ministry of Defense…

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Modern Russian deep sea combat ships

While the Russian Navy often makes the news about its submarine fleet, its surface combat fleet is now undergoing a full revival, and has new capabilities that are likely to pose significant problems for NATO and its naval force of foreground. This overview of the high seas surface combat units of the Russian Navy will allow us to understand their capabilities and the challenges. Kirov class cruisers (2) The entry into service of the Kirov cruiser in 1980 so worried the US Navy that it decided to reactivate the 4 Iowa class battleships inherited from the Second World War, to rebalance the balance of power…

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Vladimir Putin traces the trajectory for the modernization of the Russian Navy in the years to come

On the occasion of the 14th meetings of La Défense, held in Sochi, the President of the Russian Federation, Vladimir Putin, defined the main axes for the modernization of the Russian Navy in the years to come, coming under the the current programming law from 2019 to 2027. During the previous periods, the Russian Navy had been somewhat neglected, investments having been concentrated on the construction of patrol boats and light missile-launching corvettes, 636.3 Improved Kilo submarines, the development of the Borei program and the Bulava strategic missile. With the disappearance of the INF Treaty, Russia will have less recourse to this…

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The Admiral Gorshkov Frigates mark the renewal of the naval industry and the Russian Navy

After a construction that will have taken nearly 10 years, the Admiral Kasanotov frigate, the first production unit of the Admiral Gorshkov class project 22350, has begun its sea trials for the Russian Navy, before entering service which should take place before the end of the year. After nearly three decades of lean cows and difficulties, the forthcoming entry into service of the new frigate marks the return of the Russian military naval industry to the market for high seas units, and allows the Russian Navy to begin the renewal of its ships inherited from the Soviet period. With a gauge...

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The "Super Gorshkov" program becomes clearer

According to an article by the TASS agency, the future "heavy" frigates of the 22350M "Super Gorshkov" project will be equipped with 48 "long" missiles, namely a mix of Kalibr cruise missiles, Onyx anti-ship missiles, and Zirkon hypersonic missiles, as well as a Poliment-Redut system, a naval version of the S350 which enters service this year in the Russian forces, equipped with 100 missiles. If these values ​​are confirmed, these frigates will therefore be equipped with almost 150 missiles in a silo, for a building weighing "only" 7000 tons, i.e. the equivalent of the Horizon frigates of the French Navy, which carry 48 Aster anti-aircraft missiles in silos and…

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When the Russian Defense Minister takes stock of his action

The Russian Defense Minister, Sergei Shoigou, presented, during a speech to the Defense Committee of the lower house of the Duma, an assessment of the developments undertaken and effective in the Russian armies since 2012, i.e. at the time of taking office. And this assessment is positive to say the least, not to say flattering. Thus, while in 2012, the Russian combat forces were limited to 16 brigades, themselves often partially staffed, it now has 136 battalions out of 200 made up of military personnel under contract, i.e. more than 65 brigades and regiments. During the same period, the armies will have perceived…

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