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Re: The Russian Military Merged Thread- Navy
« Reply #250 on: July 01, 2016, 07:38:41 »
Meanwhile, with RUS's Team Baltic ...
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The admiral in charge of Russia’s Baltic Fleet has been fired along with his senior officers over unspecified flaws, a sweeping purge that has no precedent in the nation’s post-Soviet history.

Online news portal Fontanka.ru reported Thursday that 50 senior officers of the fleet were fired alongside its chief. It said the purges followed alleged cover-up of a submarine accident, flaws in recruitment and military construction projects.

The Defense Ministry announced the purge in a terse statement late Wednesday. It said the fleet commander, Vice Adm. Viktor Kravchuk, his chief of staff, Rear Adm. Sergei Popov, and an undisclosed number of other senior officers of the fleets have been fired over serious flaws in combat training and their failure to take proper care of personnel ...
RUS Info-machine bio for the outgoing boss in English is still up - for now, anyway (archived copy here) -- more on the Baltic Fleet boss' demise here via Google News.

The new boss - Vice-Admiral Alexander Nosatov - seems to be coming up from D/Comd of Black Sea Fleet.
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Re: The Russian Military Merged Thread- Navy
« Reply #251 on: July 01, 2016, 19:44:44 »
Meanwhile, with RUS's Team Baltic ...
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The admiral in charge of Russia’s Baltic Fleet has been fired along with his senior officers over unspecified flaws, a sweeping purge that has no precedent in the nation’s post-Soviet history.

Online news portal Fontanka.ru reported Thursday that 50 senior officers of the fleet were fired alongside its chief. It said the purges followed alleged cover-up of a submarine accident, flaws in recruitment and military construction projects.

The Defense Ministry announced the purge in a terse statement late Wednesday. It said the fleet commander, Vice Adm. Viktor Kravchuk, his chief of staff, Rear Adm. Sergei Popov, and an undisclosed number of other senior officers of the fleets have been fired over serious flaws in combat training and their failure to take proper care of personnel ...
RUS Info-machine bio for the outgoing boss in English is still up - for now, anyway (archived copy here) -- more on the Baltic Fleet boss' demise here via Google News.

The new boss - Vice-Admiral Alexander Nosatov - seems to be coming up from D/Comd of Black Sea Fleet.
And who's taking over Team Baltic in the interim?
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Former Ukrainian admiral, who joined Russian army during the illegal annexation of Crimea, has allegedly become a new chief of Russia’s Baltic fleet. Sergey Yeliseyev has temporarily replaced Viktor Kravchuk, earlier sacked for incompetency and misinformation about current state of affairs.

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Before joining Russia, Yeliseyev was the deputy chief of Ukraine’s Naval forces. Fontanka.ru said, this was the first time a former Ukrainian officer was assigned as a commander in Russian army.

Yeliseyev is a wanted man in Ukraine. Kyiv accuses him of treason, desertion and several other crimes. According to the country’s Prosecution, he will be put on trial in absentia in Ukraine’s court in the nearest future.
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Russian carrier Kuznetsov heads to Syrian waters
« Reply #252 on: July 05, 2016, 09:58:59 »
Naval purges aside, will we finally see the Russians conducting carrier-based air strikes against ISIS as well?

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Russia to send its largest warship to Syria as Putin prepares final push to destroy ISIS

    Admiral Kuzetnov battleship is equipped with fighter helicopters and jets
    Aircraft carrier will be based close to Syria so troops can attack and return
    Move comes in the wake of attacks on the weekend in Baghdad and Dhaka
    The 305m ship will lead Russia's Navy presence in the Mediterranean Sea

By Gareth Davies For Mailonline

Published: 10:29 GMT, 4 July 2016 | Updated: 12:56 GMT, 4 July 2016

VLADIMIR Putin is preparing to send Russia's biggest battleship to Syria to crush ISIS at source.

The Admiral Kuzetnov is poised for dispatch in the autumn equipped with jet fighters and armoured helicopters ready to fight the terrorist group.

The move comes after the attacks on Bangladesh, where 20 hostages were hacked to death in a Dhaka restaurant, and Baghdad where 125 people were killed in a car bomb in the Iraqi capital.

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Re: The Russian Military Merged Thread- Navy
« Reply #253 on: July 05, 2016, 11:33:31 »
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....as Putin prepares final push to destroy ISIS

      :rofl:     Yep, that should do it. 

Of course, the overwhelming percentage of their airstrikes to date haven't been against ISIS anyway, but on Western-trained, anti-Assad troops.  I doubt if they've swapped out any targeteers.

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« Reply #254 on: July 12, 2016, 07:49:15 »
Putin fires every CO in the Baltic Fleet for refusing to confront Western ships.  Full story and photos at link below.

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Vladimir Putin has sacked every single commander in Russia's Baltic fleet in what has been described as a 'Stalin-style' purge.

Up to 50 officers of the fleet were fired alongside Vice Admiral Viktor Kravchuk and his chief of staff Rear Admiral Sergei Popov after they reportedly refused to follow orders to confront Western ships.

Reports in Russia also suggested the purges followed an alleged cover-up of a submarine accident, flaws in recruitment and military construction projects.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3685805/Putin-sacks-commander-Baltic-fleet-Stalin-style-purge-brass-refusal-follow-orders-confront-Western-ships.html#ixzz4EC6gXARv
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Re: Russia in the 21st Century
« Reply #255 on: July 12, 2016, 09:44:50 »
Putin fires every CO in the Baltic Fleet for refusing to confront Western ships.
And now we know, (at least a bit more of) the REST of the story -- thanks for sharing the latest.
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Re: The Russian Military Merged Thread- Navy
« Reply #256 on: July 25, 2016, 16:34:20 »
Major responsibility for CP-140s/Halifax-class--eventually CSCs; will two RCN east-coast subs be relevant?

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USN “Admiral Warns: Russian Subs Waging Cold War-Style ‘Battle of the Atlantic’”–and RCN?
https://cgai3ds.wordpress.com/2016/06/03/mark-collins-usn-admiral-warns-russian-subs-waging-cold-war-style-battle-of-the-atlantic-and-rcn/

guess what country is overlooked by a major US think tank...
https://cgai3ds.wordpress.com/2016/07/25/mark-collins-nato-and-russian-sub-threat-world-needs-more-canada/

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Re: The Russian Military Merged Thread- Navy
« Reply #257 on: July 25, 2016, 18:24:05 »
Major responsibility for CP-140s/Halifax-class--eventually CSCs; will two RCN east-coast subs be relevant?

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I have no doubt that SSK's would be quite relevant now sufficient numbers that is another question entirely.   
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Re: The Russian Military Merged Thread- Navy
« Reply #258 on: July 25, 2016, 19:31:49 »
Indeed number(s) the question.  Which also leads to question of what vessels--subs and surface--should be based east coast vs west in terms of assessed threats rather than politics of bases.

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Re: The Russian Military Merged Thread- Navy
« Reply #259 on: July 25, 2016, 20:09:34 »
Russia's ace in the whole,its small auxiliary submarine force.Deep diving subs armed with ballistic missiles.One of these ships is the Losharik,which can dive several thousand meters.They are not operated by the Navy.


https://www.yahoo.com/finance/news/most-shadowy-part-russias-navy-162100226.html


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Re: The Russian Military Merged Thread- Navy
« Reply #260 on: July 30, 2016, 03:20:37 »
The new Gorshkov class frigate has been delayed due to problems with its SAM's.

http://nationalinterest.org/blog/the-buzz/russias-answer-the-aegis-missile-defense-system-big-trouble-17199

There have long been reports that the ongoing delays with the commissioning of the Admiral Gorshkov frigate have to do with defects in its air defense systems. These were thought to be primarily related to problems with integration of the Poliment Redut air defense missile system. The Poliment system was designed to be Russia’s answer to AEGIS, with four phased array antennas that are able to track 16 targets at the same time. The Redut system consists of four or eight vertical launch systems that launch three types of missiles. The 9M100 is the short-range missile, with a range of up to 15km. The 9M96M is the medium-range missile, with a range of 40-50km. Finally, the 9M96 long-range missile is supposed to have a range of up to 150km.

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Re: The Russian Military Merged Thread- Navy
« Reply #261 on: August 18, 2016, 11:23:39 »
A new SLBM for the Husky class SSBNs?

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Russia ordered the development of a new SLBM submarine-launched ballistic missile
 
Russia’s defense industry is developing a sophisticated submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM), according to the Izvestia daily. The Makeyev State Missile Center has landed a contract for the development of a new ballistic missile. In all probability, the missile is intended to equip future fifth-generation submarines (Huksy-class).
   

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Re: The Russian Military Merged Thread- Navy
« Reply #262 on: August 19, 2016, 10:16:58 »
Russia's ace in the whole,its small auxiliary submarine force.Deep diving subs armed with ballistic missiles.One of these ships is the Losharik,which can dive several thousand meters.They are not operated by the Navy.


https://www.yahoo.com/finance/news/most-shadowy-part-russias-navy-162100226.html



In the past, vessels able to dive miles underwater were used for research purposes, but Russia's Losharik is carried by a converted SSBN ballistic-missile submarine.

basically it carries a specialist sub in lieu of the missiles. It's tasks are likely to take out listening systems, telecommunication, rescue and potential to deploy mines in deep water that could later be activated. 

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Re: The Russian Military Merged Thread- Navy
« Reply #263 on: August 30, 2016, 21:02:43 »
Pics of mobile coastal defense artillery units at the link below:

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Russia to Activate a Coastal Defense Division Across from Alaska in 2018
 
The Russian Defense Ministry is planning the activation of a coastal defense division in Chukotka in 2018, the minister, Sergei Shoigu, has told journalists. "A coastal defense division is planned for activation in the Chukotka area of operations in 2018," he said.

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Re: The Russian Military Merged Thread- Navy
« Reply #264 on: September 16, 2016, 00:49:13 »
Priboi class LHDs??  ???

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Krylov: Russian Navy needs four general-purpose LHD amphibious assault ships
 
The Russian Navy is in need of four versatile amphibious assault ships, of which one is needed for the standing naval force in the Mediterranean, Yuri Yeryomin, chief, Military-Technical Cooperation Dept., Krylov State Research Center, believes.
       
"The Northern Fleet needs a ship like that, and the Pacific Fleet needs two. Given the growing importance of the Mediterranean basin, where we have a standing naval force, one ship should be afforded to the Black Sea Fleet, even though she is unnecessary to the fleet itself. There is no sense in building a ship in the class for the Baltic Fleet either," Yeryomin said at the Army 2016 forum.

The Krylov Center has worked out the concept of the Priboi amphibious landing ship with an estimated displacement of 23,000 tons. The ship is to carry 900 Marines with their kit and an air wing of 16 assault helicopters.
   
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Re: The Russian Military Merged Thread- Navy
« Reply #265 on: November 06, 2016, 18:21:04 »
The UK has suddenly woke up to the revolutionary design of the Armata.Maybe the next gen tank that the West build will be more like Armata or perhaps better.

http://www.newsmax.com/Newsfront/russian-tank-armata-revolutionary-design/2016/11/06/id/757323/



Maybe an antigravity tank

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Re: The Russian Military Merged Thread- Navy
« Reply #266 on: November 08, 2016, 02:15:54 »
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Russia’s Naval Battle Group Moves to Syria: Demonstrating Power Projection Capability

NATO is concerned about the movement of Russian naval battle group on its way to the Mediterranean.

The ships are being carefully monitored by NATO ships and aircraft.

Media in NATO countries have raised ballyhoo about it.

The reaction is negatively emotional.

The ships’ movement is covered like an unexpected event, though the news was first announced this summer.

Perhaps, many believed that Russia’s maritime power projection capability should not be taken seriously. Now those who thought so are proven wrong.

Reuters cited a diplomat saying on condition of anonymity


«They are deploying all of the Northern fleet and much of the Baltic fleet in the largest surface deployment since the end of the Cold War».

«This is not a friendly port call. In two weeks, we will see a crescendo of air attacks on Aleppo as part of Russia’s strategy to declare victory there», the diplomat said.

The Russian aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov is sailing to Syria to serve as a platform for carrying out airstrikes against terrorists until at least February 2017. The ship can carry more than 50 aircraft. This time the air group’s configuration includes 15 Sukhoi Su-33 all-weather air superiority jets and Mikoyan MiG-29K/KUB multirole fighters, and 10 Kamov Ka-52K, Ka-27, and Ka-31 helicopters.

The NATO diplomat’s affirmation that “all of the Northern Fleet” joined by Baltic Fleet ships is on the way to the Mediterranean is an exaggeration, to put it mildly. The flattop is escorted by seven other ships as part of battlegroup, including Pyotr Velikiy nuclear battlecruiser, two large anti-submarine warships – the Severomorsk and Vice-Admiral Kulakov – and four support vessels.

They will join some 10 other Russian vessels already off Syria. The Baltic Fleet ships are not going to the Mediterranean. Two new Steregushchiy class Project 20380 corvettes –Boikiy and Stoikiy – just joined the group for joint exercises in the Northern Sea – nothing special, it’s a routine procedure for an ocean going navy.

Russian Zvezda TV channel reported that several submarines would probably move from the Atlantic to escort the battle group.

Strategic aviation will boost the group’s air cover capability while on the move.

True, the Air Space Forces have shouldered the burden of the operation in Syria striking most of the targets with aircraft either based in Syria or flying from bases in Russia itself. But the Navy also has a role to play in the war effort. The operation in Syria has highlighted advances in integration among the branches of the military.

The Navy provided sealift, as well as long-range air defense with the S-300 system carried by Slava-class cruiser Moskva, the Black Sea Fleet’s flagship, in the first half of the campaign. Much has been said about the demonstrated capability of Russian warships to fire long range cruise missiles at land targets in Syria from both the Caspian Sea and the Mediterranean. So far, the naval missions have been mainly carried out by the Black Sea Fleet. The group sailing to Syria is homeported in the Northern Fleet.

This will be the first ever combat deployment of Admiral Kuznetsov and the battlecruiser – the largest surface ship in the world, excluding aircraft carriers. Deployed near the Syrian shore, the multi-mission naval group will beef up the air strike power by increasing the number of jets and provide extra capabilities to counter air and submarine threats. Sea-based MIG-29K warplanes will also go through their first combat trial.

The carrier’s naval aircraft may test the new X-38 missiles in combat action. Unlike NATO ships of the same type, Admiral Kuznetsov is well armed with anti-ship, air defense, artillery and anti-submarine warfare systems. Russia is the only country in the world with such a heavily armed aircraft carrier, which does not need many escort ships – it can defend itself against a wide range of threats. More importantly, when the battle group reaches Syria, the Russian Navy will rival the firepower of the US Sixth Fleet in the region.

Few nations in the world possess the capability to deploy an aircraft carrier group at great distances from their shores. It makes Russia a member of the elite club to include the US and France and, to a limited extent, India and China. Some countries have amphibious and other air-capable ships, that can launch some aircraft, but they are no match for aircraft carriers.

Other nations will closely watch the Admiral Kuznetsov’s performance. India will reportedly shortly announce a tendering procedure for building its fourth aircraft carrier. This year, the Krylov State Research Centre, a Russian shipbuilding institute, held talks with Indian partners about eventually buying a version of Moscow’s future nuclear-powered carrier (image left), known as Project 23000E.

The project was first revealed to the public in June at the Army-2015 show near Moscow, where a scale model of the ship was exhibited. Russia will have many more chances if Admiral Kuznetsov and its sea-borne aircraft prove to be effective in combat conditions. If signed, the deal will become a boon for Russia’s ship-building industry.

Russian warships became a very rare sight after the dissolution of the Soviet Union. Overseas deployments were marked as signal events because of their rarity. Those days have become history now with the Navy ensign, the St. Andrew’s Cross, increasingly seen in the world’s harbors as a sign of Russia’s clearly visible expanded ocean presence.

Before Syria the Russian Navy had already acquired combat experience fighting pirates in the Indian Ocean near the Somalia’s coast. Today, the nation’s naval power is on the rise making great strides ahead to showcase drastic advances in its ability to carry out expeditionary operations.
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Re: The Russian Military Merged Thread- Navy
« Reply #267 on: January 02, 2017, 10:53:50 »
Russia's Squall torpedo is once again in the news.Very fast.Very noisy.It may also have been the cause of the Kursk disaster.

http://nationalinterest.org/blog/the-buzz/russia-has-super-torpedo-kills-submarines-200-miles-per-hour-18917


Imagine the sudden revelation of a weapon that can suddenly go six times faster than its predecessors. The shock of such a breakthrough system would turn an entire field of warfare on its head, as potential adversaries scrambled to deploy countermeasures to a new weapon they are defenseless against. While a lull in great power competition delayed the impact of this new technology, the so-called “supercavitating torpedo” may be about to take the world by storm.
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Re: Re: The Russian Military Merged Thread- Navy
« Reply #268 on: January 02, 2017, 11:20:45 »
This article is a rehash of some pretty old information.

While the skval may be useful in a close range knife fight where you pretty much can't miss what you are shooting at (they had better not miss, because a very accurate datum has just been created) if there is a dipping helo or an MPA anywhere close, they are dead after taking that shot.

Not the end of the world.
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Re: The Russian Military Merged Thread- Navy
« Reply #269 on: January 16, 2017, 13:28:50 »
Battle of the Atlantic redux--RCN?:

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Navy facing heaviest Russian activity since Cold War says First Sea Lord

The Royal Navy is facing its greatest challenge from Russian submarines and warships for more than 25 years, the First Sea Lord has told his sailors.

Adml Sir Philip Jones said the Navy was dealing with the highest level of activity from Vladimir Putin’s fleet since the end of the Cold War, even as it has to make “difficult” cuts to equipment.

The message from the head of the Royal Navy comes as British warships are again being readied to escort the Russian carrier Admiral Kuznetsov past the UK as it returns from its bombing campaign against Syrian rebels.

But naval sources said high-profile deployments by Russia’s surface fleet were of far less concern than a sharp increase in Russian submarine missions in waters north of Scotland.

British frigates and submarines, backed by Nato allies, are waging an increasingly intense cat-and-mouse game trying to find and track the Russian vessels.

Russia analysts fear the jump in submarine activity to levels not seen since the 1980s is accompanied by increased efforts to spy on Britain’s nuclear deterrent vessels, based at Faslane.

In a New Year message to the Navy, Sir Philip said: “In northern Europe and the Baltic, we are responding to the highest level of Russian naval activity since the end of the Cold War.”..


The frigate HMS Kent shadowing the Russian submarine Stary Oskol Credit: MoD

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Re: The Russian Military Merged Thread- Navy
« Reply #270 on: March 05, 2017, 18:22:55 »
Russia is working on a new 100 megaton Tsunami nuke. :o

http://www.nextbigfuture.com/2017/03/russias-developing-100-megaton-dirty.html

"The Russian government daily Rossiyskaya Gazeta reported that to achieve ‘extensive radioactive contamination' the weapon ‘could envisage using the so-called cobalt bomb, a nuclear weapon designed to produce enhanced amounts of radioactive fallout compared to a regular atomic warhead,'" Schneider said.

Retired Air Force Gen. Robert Kehler, former commander of the U.S. Strategic Command, has said development of the underwater nuclear strike vehicle is one element of a "troubling" Russian strategic nuclear buildup.

Rep. Mike Rogers (R., Ala.), chairman of the House subcommittee on strategic forces, has said that the Russians assert the nuclear drone submarine will be used to target coastal areas and inflict "unacceptable damage to a country's territory by creating areas of wide radioactive contamination that would be unsuitable for military, economic, or other activity for long periods of time."

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Re: The Russian Military Merged Thread- Navy
« Reply #271 on: March 05, 2017, 18:43:32 »
Legitimate question...

Wouldn't a weapon designed to maximize radiation-related damage & radioactive fallout actually have significant negative effects worldwide?

If we look at the aftermath of Fukushima, we've found evidence of radioactive contamination/isotopes even in waters here in Canada.  And that was from a reactor that, as far as I know, was permanently damaged & unable to be restarted.

If the damage from this type of incident can still be found creeping up throughout the rest of the world several years later, wouldn't a nuclear weapon such as this also have an adverse effect on Russia also?  (Water flows, wind blows...only a matter of time until your breathing & drinking your own radioactive fallout)

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Re: The Russian Military Merged Thread- Navy
« Reply #272 on: March 05, 2017, 19:28:56 »
Things like supercavitating torpedoes, massive nuclear weapons and ultra deep diving submariens seem almostr to be artifacts of the Cold War being trotted out yet again to confuse or demoralize Western audiences. Supercavitation has been u8nder active investigation by the USN as well, including such things as specially shaped bullets allowing helicopters to fire at targets (like mines) underwater. I recall a flurry of articles coming out in the 2000's(?) touting supercavitation as the "next big thing", but practical issues like guiding the beast once it has entered the bubble still seem to defy practical solutions.

Massive devices like the Tsar Bomba are huge resource hogs with fairly limited utility (if the lead casing had been replaced by a uranium one, the estimated yield would have been 100 megatons, but the bomber could barely carry it and escape the blast as it was. Apparently the largest "real" weapons in the Russian inventory were 20 megaton ICBM warheads carried on a regiment of SS-18 "Satan" missiles, who's sole military purpose was to turn Cheyenne Mountain into Cheyenne lake.

Ultra fast and ultra deep diving Russian submarines have excited naval observers since the "Alpha" class submarine in the late 1970's, but they have long been retired and replaced by fairly conventional SSN's, suggesting the gains were rather marginal compared to the costs associated with these boats.

Anyway, people looking for Russian military porn can always pull up NextBigFuture to see the flurry of new systems being announced by Russia. One can only wonder how this is being paid for as a minimum, since Russia's GDP is about the same as Italy. More sensible announcements, like Russia is rebuilding their T-90 tank fleet to maintain the striking power of their armed forces without the expense of buying new Armata tanks or other things like the PAK-FA stealth fighter being delayed yet again because of deficient engines don't seem to get quite the same headlines or levels of attention, somehow....
Dagny, this is not a battle over material goods. It's a moral crisis, the greatest the world has ever faced and the last. Our age is the climax of centuries of evil. We must put an end to it, once and for all, or perish - we, the men of the mind. It was our own guilt. We produced the wealth of the world - but we let our enemies write its moral code.

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Re: The Russian Military Merged Thread- Navy
« Reply #273 on: March 05, 2017, 21:07:47 »
Things like supercavitating torpedoes, massive nuclear weapons and ultra deep diving submariens seem almostr to be artifacts of the Cold War being trotted out yet again to confuse or demoralize Western audiences. Supercavitation has been u8nder active investigation by the USN as well, including such things as specially shaped bullets allowing helicopters to fire at targets (like mines) underwater. I recall a flurry of articles coming out in the 2000's(?) touting supercavitation as the "next big thing", but practical issues like guiding the beast once it has entered the bubble still seem to defy practical solutions.

Massive devices like the Tsar Bomba are huge resource hogs with fairly limited utility (if the lead casing had been replaced by a uranium one, the estimated yield would have been 100 megatons, but the bomber could barely carry it and escape the blast as it was. Apparently the largest "real" weapons in the Russian inventory were 20 megaton ICBM warheads carried on a regiment of SS-18 "Satan" missiles, who's sole military purpose was to turn Cheyenne Mountain into Cheyenne lake.

Ultra fast and ultra deep diving Russian submarines have excited naval observers since the "Alpha" class submarine in the late 1970's, but they have long been retired and replaced by fairly conventional SSN's, suggesting the gains were rather marginal compared to the costs associated with these boats.

Anyway, people looking for Russian military porn can always pull up NextBigFuture to see the flurry of new systems being announced by Russia. One can only wonder how this is being paid for as a minimum, since Russia's GDP is about the same as Italy. More sensible announcements, like Russia is rebuilding their T-90 tank fleet to maintain the striking power of their armed forces without the expense of buying new Armata tanks or other things like the PAK-FA stealth fighter being delayed yet again because of deficient engines don't seem to get quite the same headlines or levels of attention, somehow....

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Every year seems to have it's revolutionary weapon in the spotlight, but the ones that actually seem to be purchased and used seem to be much more evolutionary.

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Re: The Russian Military Merged Thread- Navy
« Reply #274 on: March 06, 2017, 08:27:07 »
First the A2/AD threat from China and now its Russia's turn to carve out their domains to deny those areas to NATO navies. The US or any of its allies could do the same in reverse. The Turks dont have the money or weapons to deny Russia,I suspect thats where NATO comes in. But we want a Turkey that will be a partner noy when it suitd them.

http://nationalinterest.org/feature/russia-turkey-the-black-sea-a2-ad-arms-race-19673

While the Chinese A2/AD “bubble” in the South China Sea gives headaches to the United States and its allies in the Asia-Pacific region, further to the north, the newest Russian “bubble” is about to go online against Japan in the disputed Kuril Islands. Meanwhile, on the other end of Eurasia, in Russia’s Kaliningrad enclave, another A2/AD zone challenges NATO’s position in Eastern Europe.

Now, two more Russian “bubbles” in the Black Sea and Syria are threatening Turkey and NATO’s southeastern flank.