The Arctic Has a New Master - Icebreaker Makes Its Debut Voyage From Baltic to Kola Bay.
Vesti News Jan 3, 2018
A new icebreaker, the Ilya Muromets, built for the Northern Fleet, arrived at its duty station. The crew made its first passage from the Baltic to Kola Bay. The Ilya Muromets is a multifunctional vessel of a new generation. The icebreaker can escort other ships, as well as engage in research and hydrographic work.
Post by TsarSamuil on Jan 17, 2018 11:09:39 GMT -5
Can't trust this western press
Russia has an underwater nuclear drone capable of carrying a 100-megaton warhead, leaked Pentagon report says.
By SARA MALM FOR MAILONLINE 11:14 GMT, 15 January 2018
Russia possesses a drone submarine capable of carrying the world's largest nuclear warheads, a leaked Pentagon report claims.
The existence of the underwater nuclear carrier has been rumoured in the past, but the leaked draft of Pentagon's Nuclear Posture Review confirmed this.
The Pentagon report warns of Russia's determination to continue to boost its nuclear weapons reserve while the U.S. had been scaling down.
The drone submarine is able to carry 100-megaton warheads, the largest such weapons available, according to Newsweek.
The draft of the report, first published by the Huffington Post, contains a graphic illustrating new nuclear delivery vehicles developed in the US, Russia, North Korea and China respectively since 2010.
Among Russia's five new sea-based nuclear delivery vehicles is 'Status-6 AUV', meaning that it is a drone submarine or and 'autonomous underwater vehicle'.
The Status-6 drone, code-named Kanyon by the Pentagon, has been rumoured to be in existence since 2016.
The submarine is reported to have a range of up to 6,200 miles with top speeds of 56 knots, and an ability to carry nuclear warheads within range of the US.
US security officials detected a test on November 27, 2016 after it was launched from a separate Sarov-class submarine, according to news website Washington Free Beacon.
The report states that while Russia 'initially followed America's lead' and reduced its strategic nuclear forces, it kept many of its non-strategic nuclear weapons which they are now modernizing.
The document adds later on that 'In addition to modernizing "legacy" Soviet nuclear systems, Russia is developing and deploying new nuclear warheads and launchers.
'These efforts include multiple upgrades for every leg of the Russian nuclear triad of strategic bombers, sea-based missiles and land-based missiles.
'Russia is also developing at least two new intercontinental range systems, a hypersonic glide vehicle and a new intercontinental, nuclear-armed undersea autonomous torpedo.'
Last month, NATO warned that it had 'serious concern' regarding a a Russian cruise missile system, which allegedly enables Moscow to launch a nuclear strike on Europe at short notice.
NATO claimed in a statement that the U.S had found that the missile system may be in violation of a the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty.
Moscow denied the allegations made by NATO and the U.S.
President Putin: Unmanned Long-Range Silent Submarines Are Future of Russian Navy.
Vesti News Mar 1, 2018
Russia: 'Quicker than any existing surface ship' - Putin on new underwater drone [Poseidon].
Ruptly Mar 2, 2018
Russian President Vladimir Putin stated that Russia's newly developed unmanned underwater vehicle is "quicker than any existing surface ships today," during the All-Russia People's Front (ONF) media forum in Kaliningrad on Friday.
Navy Chief Lifts Veil on Capabilities of Russia's New Stealth Underwater Drone.
Sputnik RUSSIA 06:01 04.03.2018
Vladimir Korolyov, commander in chief of the Russian navy, shed some light on the country’s new underwater drone, calling the new machine practically invincible.
The new unmanned sea vehicle, equipped with a new nuclear engine, is virtually impossible to intercept, Korolyov told a recent press conference.
He said that the new apparatus will have an effectively unlimited travel range and will feature a low noise profile and high maneuverability. This all will allow the new weapon to stealthily approach targets.
"The new targeting system being developed specifically for this weapon will allow for the underwater devices to autonomously approach targets and destroy them with high precision," he said.
The weapon "will allow the navy to complete a wide spectrum of tasks in remote maritime zones and in water areas in the vicinity of enemy territory." The drone will be introduced into the navy once all testing is complete, the navy chief said. Testing is underway and "there are no doubts that [Russian] engineers, scientists and military-industrial workers will successfully complete the task."
"I'd like to underscore that all elements of the system are manufactured using only Russian parts," Korolyov also noted.
On March 1, Russian President Vladimir Putin gave his annual state-of-the-nation address to the bicameral Parliament, the Federal Assembly, in which he presented a set of new Russian weapons, including hypersonic missiles, extremely long-range intercontinental ballistic missiles, weaponized lasers and an underwater drone.
Last Edit: Mar 23, 2018 17:47:50 GMT -5 by TsarSamuil
Next Generation Heavy-Duty Icebreakers - Nuclear Powered Atomic Fleet in the Works for Russia.
Vesti News Mar 3, 2018
Construction of a new heavy-duty icebreaker of a new generation, the development of Russia's first industrial fast-neutron reactor with a capacity of 1200 megawatts, and the physical launch of the Akademik Lomonosov floating nuclear station. Vladimir Putin discussed today all of these large-scale projects with the head of Rosatom, Alexey Likhachev.
Post by TsarSamuil on Mar 17, 2018 11:46:35 GMT -5
Russian nuclear subs quietly reached US coast & left undetected – Navy officer.
RT.com 16 Mar, 2018 08:13
Russian nuclear-powered submarines conducted an exercise near American military bases with the objective of avoiding detection as they came close to the US coast, a submarine squadron commander told a Russian military TV channel.
The stunning revelation was made in a military TV series set to air on Zvezda (‘Star’), the Russian Defense Ministry’s official broadcaster. The episode focuses on Akula-class Shchuka-B nuclear-powered attack submarines.
According to a submarine officer filmed in the show, the Navy command ordered to take position in the vicinity of US military bases during exercises.
“This mission has been accomplished, the submarines showed up in the set location in the ocean and returned to base,” the commander of the submarine squadron, Sergey Starshinov, told Zvezda.
Asked if the submarines had managed to stay off the radar during the mission, Starshinov replied: “Yes. This is our objective – to come and go undetected.” The Navy commander said the Russian vessels came “close enough” to American shores but did not violate US maritime borders, remaining in neutral waters.
The date and location of the covert mission have not been disclosed, but the channel said the Russian nuclear-powered submarines “reached the very coastline of the US.”
Shchuka-B submarine has been commissioned for the Soviet Navy in 1986. The nuclear-powered sub is capable of launching Kalibr or Granat cruise missiles, engaging underwater targets with its 553mm torpedoes, and staying submerged for up to 100 days, according to open sources.
As with many Russian nuclear submarines, the information of their status as well as current and past deployments is sparse. It is understood that several submarines of this class are being operated by the Russian Navy or undergoing modernization. One Shchuka-B submarine was leased to India, where it entered service under the name INS ‘Chakra’.
In 2016, a senior US Navy official complained the military branch cannot ensure full awareness of Russian submarine deployments which were at the level unseen since the Cold War.
“The submarines that we're seeing are much more stealthy,” Admiral Mark Ferguson, commander of US Naval Forces in Europe at the time, told CNN. The Russians “have more advanced weapons systems, missile systems that can attack land at long ranges,” and their operational capabilities were getting better “as they range farther from home waters.”
Post by TsarSamuil on Mar 20, 2018 15:15:18 GMT -5
What a Day for Navies: US Commissions 1 Nuclear Sub, Russia 3.
Sputnik MILITARY & INTELLIGENCE 14:53 18.03.2018
The world’s two biggest naval powers, Russia and the United States, have almost simultaneously upgraded their submarine forces.
Three Borei-class nuclear submarines have been delivered to the Russian Navy which is currently in the process of launching a new class of ballistic missile submarines, forming the basis of the country’s naval strategic nuclear deterrence.
In a radio interview on Saturday, Russia’s naval commander, Admiral Vladimir Korolyov, said that the new arrivals were the Yuri Dolgoruky, Alexander Nevsky and Vladimir Monomakh missile-carrying submarines.
“We currently maintain two submarine groups in the Northern and Pacific Fleets, and the Borei-class fourth-generation nuclear-powered underwater cruisers will become part of these groups,” Korolyov told Echo Moskvy Radio.
The admiral added that in addition to their main goal of defending the nation, the nuclear submarines were seen as a factor in Russia’s claim to its continental shelf in the Arctic.
In an almost parallel development, the US Navy’s newest attack submarine, the USS Colorado, joined the fleet on Saturday in a ceremony at a naval submarine base in New London, Connecticut. The 377-foot-long and 33-foot wide Virginia-class sub displaces about 7,800 tons and boasts a speed of up to 34 knots (28.7 miles an hour) while submerged.
The 15th member of the Virginia class of submarines, the Colorado can fight submarines and surface ships, conduct surveillance and can deliver special operations troops and engage in mine sweeping operations.
Virginia-class submarines have four tubes and carry 26 torpedoes each.
They are manned by crews of between 100 and 120 sailors.
Ministry of Defense Declassifies Name of Russian Navy's Cat Sailor.
Sputnik LIFE 21:49 03.05.2017
The Russian Ministry of Defense has released new photos of 'Sergei Ivanovich', an orange tabby cat taking part in the voyage of Russian naval vessels to the Syrian coast. The MoD revealed the cat's name after complaints by social media users over the fact that his name had not been disclosed.
Sergei Ivanovich, the orange tabby onboard the Moskva missile cruiser, became an overnight star among Russian social media users earlier this week after the Russian Defense Ministry published a photo of him on its Facebook page.
Caving to public pressure and posting more photos of the honorary 'Seaman' on Tuesday night, the Defense Ministry also revealed his name, a combination of two of the most popular Russian names, Sergei, and the patronymic variant of Ivan.
Social media users have already jumped on the new information, with some saying the valiant sailor deserves an increase in rank. Others have suggested that Sergei Ivanovich may be a false name, given to protect the cat's real identity.
The Moskva, flagship of the Russian Black Sea Fleet, has repeatedly gone on duty in the eastern Mediterranean to provide naval cover for the Russian airbase in Hmeymim, Syria amid Russia's ongoing counterterrorism mission in that war-torn country.
The lead ship of the Project 1164 Atlant class of guided missile cruisers, the Moskva, originally named the Slava ('Glory') was recommissioned and moved to Sevastopol in 2000. The warship, nicknamed the 'carrier killer' back in Soviet days, has been modernized with cutting-edge sensor, navigation, radar, and electronic warfare systems, and is armed with some of Russia's most advanced anti-ship, air defense, and anti-sub missiles, mortars and torpedoes.
New Russian Kalibr cruise missile-capable corvette heads for sailing tests (VIDEO)
RT.com 20 May, 2018 15:11
Cutting-edge corvette ‘Uragan’ has been deployed to Lake Ladoga for tests before joining Russia's Baltic Fleet. The ship will boast Kalibr and Onyx missiles, as well as modern electronic equipment.
The ‘Uragan’ corvette has been towed to Lake Ladoga from the Pella shipyard in the city of St. Petersburg, Russia's Defense Ministry said on Friday. The vessel then proceeded to the sailing tests on its own.
The ship will undergo a full set of checks during its deployment to Lake Ladoga, which will involve thorough tests of its survivability systems, the Defense Ministry said. The ship was launched last July and has been receiving final factory tuning at the Pella shipyard on the Neva river since then. Specialists from the shipyard will be present abroad the ship alongside its crew during the tests on the Ladoga.
‘Uragan’ is the maiden vessel of the new project 22800 Karakurt-class missile corvettes. It can be fitted with Kalibr cruise missiles or Onyx anti-ship missiles, while it also has modern artillery systems. Future corvettes in the series are also expected to receive Pantsir-M anti-aircraft defenses.
The new ships are seen as successors to the Buyan-class corvettes line, boasting higher maneuverability and better seafaring characteristics. The new corvette series also has cutting-edge electronic equipment, as well as improved architecture of the hull and superstructure, designed to provide low radar visibility.
Arctic stronghold: Might of Russia’s Northern Fleet shown in anniversary video.
RT.com 1 Jun, 2018 21:37
The Northern Fleet, which is arguably the most powerful Russian naval force, is celebrating 285 years of operations. Its anniversary video shows state-of-the-art vessels and unique installations in the Russian Arctic region.
Established back in 1733, the Northern Fleet comprises some of Russia’s most remarkable military hardware, with 41 submarines, 37 surface vessels and ground troops making it a “cross-branch strategic force”, as the Russian Defense Ministry puts it in a Twitter post. Its anniversary video shows various military exercises staged by the Northern Fleet forces, including submarines firing cruise and ballistic missiles, Tu-95 strategic bombers flying training sorties and military divers holding underwater firing drills.
The flagship of the fleet is a nuclear-powered battlecruiser the ‘Pyotr Velikiy,’ one of the biggest nuclear-propelled ships in the world. The ‘Admiral Kuznetsov,’ Russia’s only serving aircraft carrier, which took part in the fight against Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) terrorists in Syria in 2016, is also part of the Northern Fleet.
The naval force also has some of Russia’s most advanced nuclear-powered multipurpose submarines equipped with cruise and ballistic missiles. Two state-of-the-art submarines – a Yasen-M class vessel the Severodvinsk, carrying as many as 32 Onyx and Kalibr supersonic cruise missiles, and a Borei-class submarine the Yury Dolgorukiy, equipped with 16 Bulava nuclear ballistic missiles – are already in service in the fleet, while another Yasen-M class submarine, the Kazan, is currently undergoing sea trials.
The strategic force, which is particularly tasked with “defending Russia’s national interests in the Arctic,” also controls some unique military bases within the Polar circle. Of particular interest is Russia’s northernmost military base, called Arctic Shamrock.
The unique base is the world’s only permanent infrastructure facility built in the area located 80 degrees of latitude north of the Equator. The autonomous complex, which occupies an area of 14,000 square meters, allows up to 150 people to live and work there for as long as 18 months without any external support.
The Russian infrastructure in the Polar region is “unmatched” by any other country, the country’s Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu said, in December 2017.
Russian Navy strengthened by 3 advanced warships & 49 Kalibr cruise missiles (PHOTOS)
RT.com 22 Jul, 2018 15:15
Three advanced warships and 49 Kalibr cruise missiles were among the hardware added to the Russian Navy in the first six months of the year, Russia’s Defense Ministry has revealed.
The new naval acquisitions included “three newly built combat ships, two support vessels, and one warship that had undergone repairs, as well as the Bastion coastal defense missile system,” Deputy Defense Minister Aleksey Krivoruchko said.
A total of 49 Kalibr tactical cruise missiles and four anti-ship missiles also entered service in 2018, he added. Kalibr missiles can hit ships, submarines and coastal facilities. They travel at subsonic speeds, with several of its versions being capable of performing a supersonic sprint in the final phase of the attack, giving the target’s defense systems less time to react.
One of the new ships, medium reconnaissance vessel ‘Ivan Khurs,’ is currently docked at a base in Kronshtadt at Kotlin Island in the Gulf of Finland, where it is preparing for the main Navy Day parade. It’s fully ready to “accomplish its assigned missions,” which include providing for communications and the fleet’s command and control, carrying out radio-technical reconnaissance, and conducting electronic warfare, Captain 1st Rank Grigory Chernetsky, commander of the 13th Brigade of the Baltic Fleet’s Leningrad naval base, told TASS.
Missile corvette ‘Vyshny Volochyok’ was assigned to the Black Sea Fleet, which has its headquarters in the Crimean city of Sevastopol. “The warship is furnished with modern strike, missile, air-defense and artillery systems, and has successfully passed all types of trials in the Black Sea,” said Captain 1st Rank Igor Vorobyov, commander of the 41st Brigade of Missile Boats of the Black Sea Fleet’s Crimean Navy.
The Russian Navy is also expected to receive lead frigate ‘Admiral Gorshkov’ in time for the main Navy Day parade on July 29. Armed with Kalibr and Oniks cruise missiles, the Project 22350 warship displaces 4,500 tons and can hit speeds of 29 knots (around 58kph). Russia expects to put six frigates of this type into service by 2025.
The main Navy Day parade is traditionally held in St. Petersburg on the last Sunday in July. Warships and vessels of the Baltic, Pacific, Northern and Black Sea Fleets will take part in this year’s show.
Yasen-M: Destroyer of the Depths. Potent electronic weapons & supersonic missiles.
RT Documentary Aug 5, 2018
The Yasen-M submarine is equipped with a new array of electronic weaponry and state-of-the-art missiles that can take out any warship in one strike. After being redesigned from the keel up, this rapid, yet silent vessel can be considered an entirely new class of submarine. Some are even calling it an ‘underwater fighter jet’.
Last Edit: Aug 9, 2018 11:42:47 GMT -5 by TsarSamuil
‘Perpetual’ reactor for next-gen nuclear subs trialled in Russia.
RT.com 7 Aug, 2018 12:41
A Rosatom subsidiary said it has developed and successfully tested a “perpetual reactor” capable of powering Russia’s newest nuclear submarines during their entire lifetime – without having to be refueled.
The new nuclear reactor will be able to run during the whole lifecycle of a next-generation submarine, Afrikantov Design Bureau, a Rosatom subsidiary, said in an annual report. It said the company upgraded and tested newer design of the so-called ‘active zone’ – a heart of every reactor – allowing it to generate more power than its predecessors.
While being enormously efficient in terms of generated energy, a submarine-mounted nuclear reactor has to be refueled after several years in service. Normally, refueling means a lengthy and costly procedure which involves replacement of exhausted nuclear fuel as well as fix-ups, renovation and sometimes an upgrade of the entire vessel.
Now, with the new invention coming into use, Russian submarines will no longer need to undergo refueling and a reactor overhaul. Admiral Vladimir Popov, previously a Northern Fleet commander, suggested the “perpetual reactor” will see a rapid increase in the Navy’s capabilities, according to RIA Novosti.
He said that nuclear refueling is called “a number one operation” in the navy, which takes more than a month. During this time, the vessel – a nuclear-powered sub or a warship – is effectively taken out as a fighting unit and is unable to set sail.
Russia has unveiled other nuclear-related innovations over the past few months. Previously, President Vladimir Putin spoke of a strategic cruise missile with an almost unlimited range.
According to Putin, this is achieved due to a highly-efficient on-board miniaturized nuclear reactor, which powers the projectile. Such a missile can fly low enough to avoid early detection, can change course to avoid enemy anti-missile assets along its route, and maneuver to pierce the anti-missile systems protecting its target.
He also said at the time that miniaturizing a reactor boosted the design of another advanced weapons system – a high-endurance underwater drone. The drone can allegedly dive deep and travel through oceans at a speed that is several times higher than that of a submarine, a modern torpedo or even a surface ship.
Russia completed trials of a seaborne nuclear reactor in December 2017. The reactor is “100 times smaller” than those used by nuclear-propelled submarines and generates more power, Putin claimed. It can also reach its peak power 200 times faster than a conventional nuclear power plant.
Post by TsarSamuil on Sept 21, 2018 16:22:38 GMT -5
Russia’s new ‘invisible’ submarine launched in St. Petersburg (PHOTOS)
RT.com 20 Sep, 2018 14:20
A new Russian diesel-electric attack submarine is capable of firing cruise missiles in volleys, according to the Defense Ministry. The vessel emits extremely low noise, which makes it virtually ‘invisible’ to the enemy.
The ‘Kronstadt’ submarine was launched in St. Petersburg on Thursday. The sub is said to be ‘invisible’ because its advanced equipment prevents it from being spotted – and heard – underwater, says Viktor Chirkov, Russia’s former Baltic Fleet commander and now a chief adviser at the state shipbuilding company.
The submarine itself is designed to be capable of detecting low-noise targets at long distance, the Defense Ministry said in a statement. The vessel packs a number of high-precision cruise missiles, as well as torpedoes and naval mines. Submarines of this type are capable of firing cruise missiles in volleys, which leaves little chance for the naval targets to counter them.
The submarine is capable of defending naval bases, conducting reconnaissance missions and engaging enemy ships and other submarines.
Top-Tier 4th Gen Russian Sub Takes Its First Dive: It Doesn’t Get More State of the Art Than This!
Vesti News Sep 21, 2018
The launch ceremony of the state-of-the-art Kronstadt submarine took place in St. Petersburg. It's the fourth generation of submarines of the 677 Lada project. Their main feature is the ability to fire a high-precision torpedo salvo at any waterborne target.
Last Edit: Sept 21, 2018 19:28:25 GMT -5 by TsarSamuil
The K-433 underwater cruiser is part of Project 667, a BDR Kalmar-class (Delta III) submarine carrying 16 missiles each with a range of 9,000-kilometres. Combat Approved takes a look at life and work aboard this veteran Russian sub.
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