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.
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.
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?
Frigate Yaroslav Mudry and tanker Lena are headed for the Mediterranean, and the landing ship Minsk is returning home.
A helicopter crash in the Baltic Sea has cost the lives of two Russian pilots. They were practicing deck landings on a new landing ship which will be delivered to the Navy in May. The helicopter crash is a sad culmination of a long series of bad luck with the ship which has been under construction for 14 years.
Entertaining case where an American website makes a silly listicle about bad aircraft carriers, and the Russian media rolls out a team of military experts to discredit the story.