The large signals intelligence ship Ivan Khurs has now been delivered to the Russian Navy. Ivan Khurs will join the Black Sea Fleet to replace the smaller ship Liman which sank last year. The commissioning ceremony took place in Saint Petersburg, and Ivan Khurs must be expected to leave the Baltic Sea shortly.
Sweden replaces the intelligence ship Orion with a larger and more modern version. Signals intelligence is an important part of naval operations during peacetime and in the phases of conflict before a war breaks out. The new ship will be ready in 2020.
Estonia has signed a new contract for Mistral missiles with French manufacturer MBDA. This gives Estonia a more robust air defense. There are still many shortcomings in the Baltic air defense, but the new short-range missiles are an important step to building a more credible deterrent.
Russia’s defense minister shows new sides of himself as an artist. While Putin has created an image of himself as the embodiment of masculinity, Shoigu appeals to a more reflective segment with his art exhibition.
Jon Paris makes a compelling case that the U.S. Navy needs to change its education system and introduce specialized career paths for engineering and operations. This step is well overdue. The idea that one can have the responsibility of either engineering or navigation of a large warship with a one-size-fits-all educational background is just mind boggling.
Russia’s new landing ship Ivan Gren is finally ready for delivery. It has been an unending saga of delays, but now the government has approved the results of the sea trials.
An often used reference to the GDP of Spain says nothing about Russia’s military potential. Instead, Russia’s defense budget gives them the same purchasing power as Germany, France, and the United Kingdom combined.
Russia has decided to build six more Borei-A submarines. This will give Russia a total of 14 modern strategic nuclear submarines. The development of the Borei-B class has been canceled.
Israel destroyed a Syrian Pantsir-S1 air defense system last week. Did this modern piece of Russian weapon technology fail, or is there another explanation? Poor tactics and neglect on the part of the Syrian soldiers have probably played an important role.
Russia introduces rules to limit phone use in the military. The purpose is to save money on phone bills and to improve information security. The consequence may well be the opposite – worse security and wasted money on bureaucratic control.