“All sails”: the National Interest about the rapid modernization of the Russian fleet

Parade on Navy Day reflected the rapidly changing face of the Russian fleet, writes The National Interest. As the magazine notes, the absence in the event of a large number of large ships, as well as the presence of small and flexible ships suggests that Moscow relies primarily on “lean” fleet of rapid response.

«На всех парусах»: National Interest о стремительной модернизации российского флота

ReutersКогорта new Russian ships on the annual Day of the Navy in St. Petersburg demonstrated the rapidly changing face of the fleet that sail moves to implement its ambitious modernization program, writes The National Interest.

This holiday appeared in 1939 “to mobilize the broad masses of working people around the issues of building worker-Peasant Navy of the USSR“. In 1980, the Navy Day was canceled. The status of the feast were returned to him in 2006 by presidential decree of Vladimir Putin. However, only in 2017 Saint Petersburg became the permanent venue for the naval parade, which has since served as a platform for demonstration of the Russian fleet. Primarily noticeable absence of some of the ships. It is not surprising that the parade was the Russian “aged and distressed” aircraft carrier “Admiral Kuznetsov”, as it, according to some information, is a major overhaul after the incident with the dry dock. Much more interesting was the lack of a cruiser “Peter the Great” — the world’s largest surface warship and the stars of the parade in 2017. However, according to the journal, the fact that the ship did not take part in the event, completely logical in the context of the parade, which Moscow has tried to show that the Russian Navy is gradually transformed into a “lean fleet of rapid-response local-range“. At the head of the parade was the second class frigate “Admiral Gorshkov” — “Admiral Kasatonov” — a displacement of 4,500 tons and carrying on Board of a unique and anti-submarine torpedo of the Russian system “Package-NK”. In addition, the event was attended by new Corvette “Rumbling”, which is the development of the impressive “Guarding”. Surprisingly, continues The National Interest that all of prototype submarines, which could participate in the parade, the Russian Navy chose the submarine “Kronstadt” project “Lada”. It is possible that this is an allusion to the fact that the Central design Bureau for marine engineering “Rubin” progressing in the development of airindependent propulsion system. At the same time, participation in the events of “Kronstadt” can only be a tribute to the fact that the parade started on the same naval base. In his statement Vladimir Putin also did not forget to mention the new line of Russian small missile ships, and not without reason: in a compact and highly maneuverable ships, many see the future of the Russian delivery systems, such as cruise and anti-ship missiles. As noted on this occasion, the captain in resignation Leonid Dudnikov, “the problem is solved by surface ships due to the accelerated construction of small missile ships; such that using cruise missiles carried out the successful shots of the terrorists in Syria“. “Modern missile weapons, but this first cruise missiles of the “Caliber” has become compact, while the range of these missiles covers very good distance, up to 2-2. 5 thousand kilometers. They are very convenient to place on small military ships due to the fact that these ships are good and seaworthy. They can be territorial waters, and in small ponds where there are conditions for their operation“, he added. It is this pragmatic focus on small, efficient vehicles, and supports an ambitious program of modernization of the Russian Navy. In addition, in his statement, Putin said that “the share of modern weapons in the Russian Navy was over 62 per cent“. The devil however is always in the detail, as the major part of these 62% are more Soviet ships, which have received modern weaponry or electronics. “At the same time small and lean front line 2019 says that in the last few decades the Russian Navy has taken serious — if not painful steps to pave the way for new projects, writing off a significant portion of its Soviet heritage“, concludes The National Interest.Source

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