The U.S. State Department has approved Germany’s purchase of three C-130J transport aircraft and three KC-130J tanker aircraft. Germany will use them in a combined French-German squadron where France also contributes with four C-130Js.
Ukraine has adopted the pennant number system from NATO. This means that Ukrainian warships will get a letter that matches their type according to NATO’s system. Incidentally there now is a Ukrainian training vessel with the same pennant number as the Danish royal yacht.
Siil 2018 is the largest military exercise in Estonia to date. More than 15,000 troops take part, including 2,000 from other countries. It takes place on 2-14 May.
Russia has 4,350 functional nuclear warheads. 1,600 of these are deployed and ready for use, and 2,750 are in reserve. These are just some of the numbers that can be found in Kristensen and Norris’ great overview of Russia’s nuclear forces.
Details have started emerging about the attending ships at this year’s naval day celebration in Saint Petersburg. Not quite the same display of everything related to “the biggest in the world” as last year, but still an impressive collection of warships.
Article recommendation: Liam Collins identifies a good list of lessons to be learned from the war in Ukraine about war with a near-pear adversary. Some of the items are old skills that counter-insurgency focused thinking has caused Western armies to forget. Others are truly new.
The delivery of Russia’s first Borei-A class nuclear submarine, Knyaz Vladimir, is postponed to 2019. Borei-A is an improved version of the Borei-class which is Russia’s modern strategic nuclear missile submarine.
Did Russian diesel submarines really hunt down a British nuclear submarine and prevent it from launching missiles on Syria? Or did the British successfully keep the Russians occupied with a submarine which was never intended to launch missiles in the first place?
Article recommendation: Ukraine renounced its nuclear weapons after the collapse of the Soviet Union. Budjeryn and Sinovets have identified some interesting insights that are relevant for future nonproliferation cases. Deals are still possible, but the price has increased.
Frigate Yaroslav Mudry and tanker Lena are headed for the Mediterranean, and the landing ship Minsk is returning home.