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[*] posted on 27-4-2018 at 07:24 PM


Russian Navy to upgrade Kuznetsov

Reuben F Johnson, Berlin - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly

26 April 2018


The Russian Navy aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov in the North Sea in October 2016. The ship's announced refit is likely to leave Russia without an aircraft carrier until at least 2021. Source: Norwegian MoD

Key Points

- A contract has reportedly been signed to upgrade Admiral Kuznetsov : Russia's sole aircraft carrier
- However, only a limited upgrade is envisaged

A contract has been signed for a modernisation of the Russian Navy’s sole aircraft carrier, Admiral Kuznetsov , Russian news sources have reported.

The project will cost between RUB55 billion and RUB62 billion (USD887 million and USD1 billion) and will involve more than 1,000 engineers and technicians. The sum is described by Russian defence industry sources as “more than modest”, but also not sufficient enough to carry out a serious modernisation of the ship.

The modernisation work is to be carried out by the 35th Ship Repair Plant in Murmansk, which is a satellite facility of the Zvezdochki Ship Repair Centre in Severodvinsk. Russia’s deputy defence minister for procurement, Yuri Borisov, stated in April that the entire re-fit would be complete by the end of 2020 and the ship back in service in 2021.

The most basic area of the ship’s design to be addressed is its power plant. The current engines were built in Ukraine and replacements could only be sourced from there or the United States – both politically untenable – so the ship’s eight boilers will instead be replaced with more modern and reliable ones.

Secondly, the carrier will receive a new suite of onboard electronic systems. Kuznetsov is currently fitted with the Mars-Passat (NATO codename ‘Sky Watch’) radar system: a first-generation, phased-array system based on Soviet-era passive array developments. However, the Mars-Passat system has never functioned to specifications – not even in Soviet times – and is completely outdated today. The ship will thus receive a current-generation Almaz-Antei Poliment-Redut radar system, which operates with the relatively new S-350 Vityaz naval surface-to-air missile variant.

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[*] posted on 29-4-2018 at 10:20 PM


With what money and how?

The ship's more likely to rust out while waiting on the slipway for the money to become available.




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[*] posted on 30-4-2018 at 09:04 AM


More grandiose schemes not backed by any kind of reality................
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[*] posted on 8-5-2018 at 07:48 PM


Russia’s LST Landing Ship Ivan Gren Completes Acceptance Sea Trials

Posted On Tuesday, 08 May 2018 08:51

Russia’s Project 11711 large amphibious assault ship Ivan Gren built by the Yantar Shipyard in west Russia has completed its sea trials and returned to the shipyard, shipyard spokesman Sergei Mikhailov said. The Yantar Shipyard is a subsidiary of Russia’s United Shipbuilding Corporation (USC).


Russia’s Project 11711 large amphibious assault ship Ivan Gren. Yantar Shipyard picture.

"On May 3, the ship Ivan Gren completed the sea stage of its state trials. During the sea trials, the Defense Ministry’s state acceptance commission checked the operation of shipborne systems and mechanisms," Mikhailov said, adding that the trials had been held in the Baltic Sea and attended by shipbuilders and the ship’s crew. The ship Ivan Gren is currently staying at the shipyard. Its equipment is being checked and the finishing work is currently under way. "The ship is planned to be delivered to the customer before the end of May," Mikhailov said.

As it was reported earlier, the state tests of the ship started in November 2017 but were suspended by the customer in late December to resolve the technical problems detected. In March, all the problematic issues were resolved, considering the conclusion made by a Russian Navy special expert commission. This made it possible to resume the state trials of the ship on April 3, 2018.

The Project 11711 lead ship Ivan Gren was developed by the Nevskoye Design Bureau in St. Petersburg in northwest Russia. It was laid down by the Yantar Shipyard in Kaliningrad in west Russia in December 2004 on order of the Russian Defense Ministry and launched in May 2012.

The Yantar Shipyard is building another Project 11711 ship, the Pyotr Morgunov, for the Defense Ministry. The ship is expected to be delivered to the customer in late 2018.

The large amphibious assault ship Ivan Gren carries 13 main battle tanks, 36 armored personnel carriers or infantry fighting vehicles, or 300 Marines.

The ship can deliver a reinforced Marine company with organic military hardware and land it on pontoons.

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[*] posted on 9-5-2018 at 08:04 PM


First Project 22800 Karakurt-class Corvette Uragan to Start Trials in mid-May

Posted On Wednesday, 09 May 2018 11:16

The first Project 22800 Karakurt-class corvette Uragan will start its shipbuilders trials in Lake Ladoga in mid-May, Chief of the Russian Navy’s Shipbuilding Department Rear-Admiral Vladimir Tryapichnikov said.


Russia’s First Project 22800 corvette Uragan. March 2018 picture.

"The Project 22800 lead ship Uragan will start its shipbuilders trials in Lake Ladoga on May 15 or, maybe, even on May 14," Tryapichnikov said. According to him, the ship will go to Baltiysk in west Russia in future and continue its trials there.

The Project 22800 corvette was designed by Russia’s Almaz Central Marine Design Bureau. The ship has a displacement of about 800 tons and a speed of 30 knots. It is armed with Kalibr (SS-N-27 Sizzler) missiles and advanced artillery systems. It also has Russian-made propulsion units. The seaworthiness of the ship has been improved due to the hull design, which allows it to operate on the high seas.

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[*] posted on 9-5-2018 at 08:12 PM


This really is where the Russian Navy is at for Surface Warships right now, small frigates and corvettes that carry a 76mm main gun, 2 x Kalibr missiles, and the combo missile/gatling gun mount......................the fact this is the first one of the "Russian-made" propulsion systems, which begs the question, what's going to happen to the rest of the Navy that is still using Ukrainian turbines and diesels???
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[*] posted on 9-5-2018 at 08:47 PM


Given their financial state, its probably a moot point. They will probably be able to come up with their own solution by the time their economy recovers enough for building larger ships to be an option again.



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[*] posted on 14-5-2018 at 09:49 PM


Frigate Admiral Makarov to join Russia’s Black Sea Fleet in 3rd quarter

Posted On Monday, 14 May 2018 10:59

3,620 tonnes is a small frigate by modern standards............

The third Project 11356 frigate, ‘Admiral Makarov’, (NATO reporting name: Krivak V) will arrive at its Black Sea Fleet permanent base in the third quarter of 2018, Navy Commander-in-Chief Admiral Vladimir Korolyov said in a telegram to congratulate the Black Sea Fleet on its 235th anniversary.


Flag raising ceremony on the project 11356 frigate "Admiral Makarov" in Kaliningrad, 27.12.2017 (c) Vitaly Nevar / "New Kaliningrad" / www.newkaliningrad.ru

"There are plans that the third Project 11356 frigate Admiral Makarov will arrive at its Black Sea Fleet permanent base in the third quarter of the current year," Korolyov said. "The Black Sea Fleet will start to receive ships of an absolutely new type in the imminent future," he added.

Project 22160 corvettes are among them. Besides, the Black Sea Fleet will receive a series of Project 21631 corvettes (Buyan-class). "The gradual renewal of all of the Black Sea Fleet’s elements will take place in the near and the long terms," the admiral said.


Flag raising ceremony on the project 11356 frigate "Admiral Makarov" in Kaliningrad, 27.12.2017 (c) Vitaly Nevar / "New Kaliningrad" / www.newkaliningrad.ru

The ‘Admiral Makarov’ frigate was laid down at the Yantar Shipyard in Kaliningrad on February 29, 2012 and launched on September 2, 2015. This is the third ship in a series of Project 11356 frigates developed by the Severnoye Design Bureau and built for the Black Sea Fleet. The first two ships of the series, ‘Admiral Grigorovich’ and ‘Admiral Essen’ were handed over to the Russian Navy in 2016. Both ships were issued to the Black Sea Fleet. They attacked objects of terrorists in Syria, using the Kalibr cruise missiles.

The Project 11356 frigates are designed to engage enemy's surface and underwater combatants and to repel air attacks both independently and as part of a task force. The ships are armed with an A-190 100 mm naval gun, strike missiles, surface-to-air (SAM) missiles (including the Kalibr and the Shtil), and torpedoes. The frigates can carry a Ka-27-type helicopter. The ships have a displacement of 3,620 t, a length of 124.8 m, a full speed of 30 knots and a cruise range of 4,850 nautical miles.

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[*] posted on 15-5-2018 at 07:24 PM


Russian Project 22160 Corvettes to be fitted with BPV-500 VTOL UAVs

Posted On Monday, 14 May 2018 18:57

Russian Project 22160 corvettes will be fitted with unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) for searching for submarines, and surveillance of surface vessels and shoreline. Also, UAVs will provide target designation to ship-based armament systems and, in the future, may be used for strike missions, the newspaper Izvestia reports.


BPV-500 VTOL UAV.

The Navy Commander-in-Chief’s directorate revealed to Izvestia that a modular unmanned aerial system (UAS) has been developed for Project 22160 corvettes and is now being prepared for trials. All the equipment, including the operator’s work station, is accommodated in one or two standard cargo containers that can be placed on deck of a ship.

The UAS suite includes two coaxially built BPV-500 helicopter type UAVs. A model of this UAV for the armed forces was displayed at the International Maritime Defense Show in 2017. Its tests started in the autumn of that year. The UAV takeoff weight is 500 kg, the body measures 5 m in length, the payload is 150 kg. The vehicle can remain in flight up to 5.5 hours and operate at a distance of 320 km from its carrier.


Russian Navy Corvette (local designation: large patrol ship) Project 22160 "Vasily Bykov" during the transition from LLC "Shipyard Zaliv" in Kerch to Novorossiysk for further testing. Picture taken on 03/03/2018 by Igor Aleksandrov (via forums.airbase.ru)

The system is designed for aerial monitoring of large areas, including for on-ice reconnaissance, support of search and rescue operations, patrolling, guarding and anti-terrorist missions. Over time, UAVs may be armed with missiles and bombs, which will enable them to perform combat duties. The coaxial design ensures the BPV-500’s higher hovering accuracy, making them less vulnerable to wind blasts, which is essential in landing onto a small ship. An optronic system and onboard radar are used for gathering information.

The data are transmitted to the ship in real time. UAV can operate in an autonomous mode (flying by a preset route) or controlled by an operator.

Project 22160 corvettes have a low radar signature. The specific feature of these ships is their modular design. However, due to their relatively small size and displacement, the corvettes have no hangar for aviation equipment. Normally they are fitted only with a landing pad on the stern. Therefore permanent basing of helicopters on them is impossible, which compromises their combat abilities. However, this problem can be resolved by using containerized UAVs.

Denis Fedutinov, an expert on UAVs, believes that in reconnaissance, drones can replace conventional helicopters on small displacement ships. "The use of such UAS on Project 22160 corvettes stems from the need to effectively gather information without risk to the crew. Thus a single ship can monitor a much larger water area," the expert noted

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[*] posted on 24-5-2018 at 04:55 PM


Russia’s Nuclear Submarine Successfully Test-Fires Bulava Missiles

(Source: TASS; published May 22, 2018)

SEVEROMORSK, Russia --- Russia’s Project 955 Borei-class strategic nuclear submarine Yuri Dolgoruky has successfully test fired four Bulava intercontinental ballistic missiles from the White Sea to hit designated targets at the Kura range in the Far Eastern Kamchatka region, the press service of the Russian Northern Fleet said on Tuesday.

"On May 22, the Project 955 Borei-class lead strategic nuclear submarine Yuri Dolgoruky made a successful test salvo launch of four Bulava ballistic missiles from the designated area in the White Sea to targets at the Kura range on the Kamchatka Peninsula," the press service said.

According to the press service, the missiles were launched from a submerged position. It was the first salvo fire from this type of submarines.

"The test confirmed combat readiness of the Project-955 Borei strategic submarine and the Bulava missile system," the press service stressed.

VIDEO: https://youtu.be/VUdIUdouLv0

Russia's ministry of defense said the submarine fired a salvo of four Bulava missiles for the first time. A previous video posted here only showed two missiles being fired.

The previous Bulava test launch from the Yuri Dolgoruky submarine was conducted on June 26, 2017 from the Barents Sea and an experimental salvo launch of two such missiles was carried out on September 27, 2016. The launch was performed from the White Sea towards the Kura practice range in the Russian Far East.

The warheads of the first missile performed a full cycle of the flight program and successfully hit the designated targets at the practice range. The second missile self-liquidated after performing the first stage of the flight program.

The submarine Yuri Dolgoruky is the Project 955 Borey-class lead vessel. The underwater cruiser is armed with a set of Bulava sea-launched intercontinental ballistic missiles and also with torpedoes. The sub can be armed with cruise missiles. It has a full displacement of 24,000 tonnes, is about 160 meters long and 13 meters wide.

The R-30 Bulava is a solid-propellant ballistic missile developed specially for Project 955 submarines. It can deliver 10 warheads of 150 kilotonnes each to a distance of 10,000 kilometers.

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[*] posted on 2-6-2018 at 12:32 PM


Russia has plans for its future nuclear subs, and it involves hypersonic missiles

By: Matthew Bodner   6 hours ago


The Russian nuclear submarine Dmitrij Donskoj sails through Danish waters on July 21, 2017, on its way to St. Petersburg. (Michael Bager/AFP via Getty Images)

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MOSCOW ― Russia’s next generation of multipurpose nuclear submarines, reportedly known as the Husky class, will be armed with hypersonic missiles, with the lead boat slated for launch in 2027, according to an unidentified Russian defense industry official quoted by the TASS news agency on Thursday.

“Zircon hypersonic anti-ship missiles will become the main armament of the newest multipurpose submarine,” the source said, referring to a Russian sea-based hypersonic missile project intended to replace the P-700 Granit anti-ship missiles that are common among Russia’s heavier-hitting warships.

Little is known about the Husky-class submarines. They’re called fifth-generation multipurpose submarines in the Russian press and are being designed by the Malakhit design bureau in St. Petersburg, but there is not yet a finalized version of the boat’s design. According to TASS, the Husky class will feature a typical ― or rather typical for Russian subs ― dual-hull design, with a 12,000-ton displacement.

This places the Husky in a similar weight class to the old Soviet-built Akula submarines that the Husky is intended to replace, and the newer Yasen-class multipurpose nuclear boats currently under construction in Russian yards. Yasen began as a late Soviet design that was delayed by the collapse of the Soviet Union and the subsequent decade of economic turbulence in Russia.

The addition of tubes for hypersonic missiles aboard the Husky-class submarines would, if true, come as no surprise. In March, Russian President Vladimir Putin demonstrated an affinity for hypersonic weapons as a means to counter current and future American missile defenses. It seems Russia, with its skill in missile design, is pursuing hypersonic technology as an offset.

Naval rearmament has been a key focus of Russian military rearmament for the past decade, with a strong emphasis on rejuvenating the aging nuclear submarine fleet. These efforts have so far focused on completing construction of the Borei-class ballistic missile submarines and Yasen-class multipurpose submarines.

Four Borei-class submarines have been completed, with four more on the way.

Two Yasen-class boats have also been launched, and five more are under construction. Construction of the lead boat in the Husky class, according to TASS, is expected to begin in 2023 in Severodvinsk and be completed by the end of 2027. This is likely an optimistic target.
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[*] posted on 10-6-2018 at 01:01 PM


Russian Special Mission Submarine BS-64 Podmoskovye Spotted with Dorsal Payload Cradle

Posted On Saturday, 09 June 2018 10:50

The Russian Navy BS-64 Podmoskovye nuclear-powered submarine was recently spotted with its dosral payload cradle attached. The submarine is capable of rescuing a crew from a major depth. The operation is completely secret and can be carried out under the ice. No other country currently possesses such technologies. Experts believe the new vessel will accelerate assistance to submariners in distress, the Izvestia daily writes.


BS-64 Подмосковье (Podmoskovye = ‘Moscow Oblast’) is a Project 09787 DELTA-IV STRETCH ballistic missile submarine which has been converted into a host submarine for nuclear powered midget-subs. This rare spotted photo shows its dorsal payload cradle attached. Picture via Reddit.com /u/PainStorm14

The Defense Ministry told the newspaper the Podmoskovye submarine was upgraded for the Navy. It got a special superstructure with AS-40 Bester underwater craft. The BS-64 Podmoskovye nuclear-powered submarine was built by project 667BRDM (Delta-IV by NATO reporting name). Now it has been upgraded by project 09787 (Delta-IV Stretch) into a deep-water special-designation craft. Zvyozdochka shipyard completed the modernization of the submarine in late 2016.


Artist's impression showing LOSHARIK midget sub below the hull and a SHELF nuclear reactor pod as payload. Image via Covert Shores

AS-40 Bester has a titanium alloy hull. Full displacement is 50 tons. The operational submergence depth is 720 meters and maximum depth is 790 meters. The craft can submerge to the operational depth at a speed of 0.5 knots. Electric batteries are mounted outside and can power 4-5 dives to maximum depth. Bester has a crew of six men. Three are staying in the bathyscaphe and guide it. The rest are onboard the Podmoskovye to ensure the dive. The craft has TV cameras and a panel with sensitive joystick to increase precision.

Bester has a docking system. Differential pressure tightly fixes it to the docking unit of the submarine. The craft can thus evacuate the crew in distress in a dry way which is considered to be the safest. The bathyscaphe can rescue 22 men at a time.


BS-64 Подмосковье (Podmoskovye = ‘Moscow Oblast’) is a Project 09787 DELTA-IV STRETCH ballistic missile submarine which has been converted into a host submarine for nuclear powered midget-subs. This rare spotted photo shows its dorsal payload cradle attached. Picture via Reddit.com /u/PainStorm14

The Podmoskovye is currently engaged in transportation trials of the rescue craft. If everything is successful, other submarines can get the special superstructure, veteran submariner Vladimir Ashik said.

"Such a symbiosis of a submarine and a rescue craft was planned yet in the 1970s. Each submarine had to have special superstructure and operate as a rescue craft, if necessary. Submarines operate far from the home port of call and it takes over three days to deliver rescue equipment in case of an incident. It was planned to airlift the craft to the closest airfield to the naval base to be carried by road to the base. It would then be loaded on a submarine for delivery to the accident area," he said.

The Soviet Union created project 940 rescue submarines to evacuate crews from major depths. One was produced for the Northern fleet and another for the Pacific fleet. The underwater craft could operate at a depth of 300 meters. They could surface and even tow wrecked submarines. They had to rescue people only once. It was the crew of S-178 submarine which sank after colliding with a trawler in October 1981, the Izvestia writes.

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[*] posted on 12-6-2018 at 02:31 PM


"No other country currently possesses such technologies"

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[*] posted on 21-6-2018 at 07:05 PM


Russian Caspian corvettes enter Mediterranean

Tim Ripley, London - IHS Jane's Defence Weekly

21 June 2018

This is why the Russians have built the Corvettes and Frigates, small warships carrying a few ballistic missiles, suddenly everyone gets scared............:no:

Russia’s Caspian Flotilla has deployed two long-range missile corvettes to the Mediterranean, its Ministry of Defence (MoD) confirmed on 17 June.

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A still from a video released by the Russian MoD on 19 August 2016 shows a Kalibr cruise missile being launched from a Buyan-M at a target in Syria. (Russian Ministry of Defence)

The Buyan-M (Project 21631) corvettes Veliki Ustyug and Grad Sviyazhsk were photographed by ship-watchers in Istanbul passing through the Bosphorous towards the Mediterranean on 16 June.

The MoD statement released two days later said the ships had reached the Mediterranean, where they will be part of Russia’s permanent naval presence.

Both ships have served with the Caspian Flotilla since they were commissioned in 2014 and went into action for the first time in October 2015, when they launched Kalibr cruise missiles at targets in Syria.
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[*] posted on 21-6-2018 at 07:25 PM


I'm surprised Russia isn't pushing for a larger fleet of cruise missile armed small corvettes. Given the extent of Russia's internal river system, it is an easy way to blanket Russia's borders with cruise missiles launched from platforms that will be hard to detect and counter, and all of it falls within INF restrictions.



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[*] posted on 21-6-2018 at 08:05 PM


They cannot afford it, for one, and they are already building a series of at least three types, albeit building slowly. Then, of course, there is the missiles themselves, which are also not cheap.............
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[*] posted on 22-6-2018 at 06:20 PM


Second Project 18280 Reconnaissance Ship Ivan Khurs Completes Acceptance Trials

Posted On Friday, 22 June 2018 09:32

The Ivan Khurs communications vessel of project 18280 built at the Northern Shipyard, finished acceptance trials, the yard’s press service reports.


The Project 18280 communication vessel (medium reconnaissance ship) Ivan Khurs, built for the Russian Navy at PJSC Shipbuilding Plant Severnaya Verf, seen here during builder trials in the Baltic.

"An acceptance certificate has been signed at the Northern Shipyard for commissioning Project 18280 communications ship. The certificate was signed by captain first rank Vyacheslav Makhorin, chairman of the ship acceptance commission," the press service reports.

The Ivan Khurs will soon go into service with the Russian Navy. The ship was laid down on 14 November, 2013, and launched on 16 May 2017. The Ivan Khurs is the second Project 18280 ship built at the Northern Shipyard. Yuri Ivanov, the flagship of the project, was handed over to the customer in 2014.

The Project 18280 communications ship (second class, medium size, reconnaissance vessel) is Russia’s largest ship of this type. The complete displacement of the vessel is 4,000 tonnes, length 95 m, width 16 m. The maximum speed is 16 knots, navigation endurance no less than 8,000 miles. The crew is 132 men.

Provision is made for placement on the ship of light air defense armament comprised of four sea pedestal mountings with 14.5 mm KPVT machineguns, and six Igla 9K38 man-portable air defense systems (NATO reporting name SA-18 Grouse) with 9M39 anti-aircraft guided missiles in an ammunition package.

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[*] posted on 25-6-2018 at 06:18 PM


Russian Navy commissions first Ivan Gren-class landing ship

Bruce Jones, London - Jane's Navy International

22 June 2018

The Russian Navy’s first Ivan Gren-class (Project 11711E) large landing ship was commissioned at the service’s Baltiysk naval base in Kaliningrad on 20 June.

Ivan Gren will be based with the the Northern Fleet. It is the first of two vessels in the class being built by Yantar Shipyard in Kaliningrad.

Construction of the lead ship began in December 2004, but funding and technical issues significantly delayed the programme and the ship took almost 14 years to complete.

Displacing 6,600 tonnes, with an overall length of 120 m, a 16.5 m beam, and a 3.8 m draft, Ivan Gren has a top speed of 18 kt, a range of 3,500 n miles at 16 kt, and an endurance of 30 days.

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[*] posted on 5-7-2018 at 03:01 PM


Russia developing new launch catapults for aircraft carriers

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An electromagnetic catapult is a mechanism, which accelerates an aircraft by linear induction motors instead of steam shuttles

MOSCOW, July 4. /TASS/. Russia’s United Shipbuilding Corporation (USC) is developing new launch systems for warplanes based on aircraft carriers, USC President Alexei Rakhmanov told TASS on Wednesday.

"We closely follow developments in shipbuilding in the leading sea powers and do not sit idle. Work is currently underway to develop systems that can also be used on modern aircraft carriers. For example, we are working on special modifications of new aircraft launch systems," he said.

The United Shipbuilding Corporation president did not specify the characteristics of these systems or the timeframe of their creation.

Catapults for aircraft carriers

Then-CEO of the St. Petersburg-based Nevskoye Design Bureau Sergei Vlasov earlier told TASS that Russia had started work to create an electromagnetic aircraft launch system (an electromagnetic catapult) for aircraft carriers.

An aircraft launch system (a catapult) aboard an aircraft carrier is needed to accelerate radar surveillance aircraft or planes with the thrust/weight ratio insufficient for taking off from the ski-jump ramp on the carrier’s fore end.

A steam catapult is a mechanism driven by high pressure steam. A special channel is arranged under the deck for a shuttle to move along it. The shuttle takes hold of the aircraft’s nose gear and pulls the plane. The catapult gives the plane the necessary speed for the take-off.

An electromagnetic catapult is a mechanism, which accelerates an aircraft by linear induction motors instead of steam shuttles. This principle is used on monorail railroads.

The work on creating a steam catapult was carried out in the Soviet Union. The new device was expected to be installed on the 7th Soviet heavy aircraft carrier Ulyanovsk that was under construction at the Nikolayev Shipyard (Ukraine). The creation of this warship was halted in 1992 and it was cut up and junked as metal scrap.

An electromagnetic catapult is being tested aboard the US most advanced aircraft carrier Gerald R. Ford. A deck-based plane was for the first time launched from it on July 28, 2017.

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Construction of Russian Blue-Water Vessels May Be Postponed Untill 2035

Posted On Friday, 06 July 2018 10:44

The construction of blue and green-water warships may be postponed until 2035 because of lack of funds, according to the Shipbuilding strategy of the Russian Industry and Trade Ministry.


Scale model showing the Project 23560E "Shkval-class" Destroyer (export variant of Leader-class) at Army 2016 exhibition. Twelve ships of the 10,000t "Leader class" were planned to enter service from 2023-25, split between the Northern and Pacific Fleets. They would all be nuclear powered. They would be fitted with the ABM-capable S-500 SAM and Kalibr (SS-N-27) cruise missile.

"As for military shipbuilding, the time of R&D beginning and batch supplies of prospective warships is likely to be postponed to a period after 2025 because of major cuts in budget defense appropriations. The procurement of big surface ships (prospective destroyer, aircraft-carrying ship) may be cancelled altogether until 2035," it said.

The ministry considers three development options for the economy and shipbuilding industry depending on macroeconomic indicators: conservative, innovative and target-oriented.

"The conservative scenario means economic growth will slow down and negatively affect the shipbuilding industry. Decreasing economic competitiveness, a tough budget policy, a transition to monetary-credit policy with a positive real base rate of 2-3 percent, as well as oil price decrease to US$ 40 per barrel in constant 2017 dollars will result in GDP growth of 0.2 percent in 2018-2020, 1.8 percent in 2021-2025 with a further slowdown to 1.0 percent in 2031-2035," the document said.


Scale model showing the Project 23560E "Shkval-class" Destroyer (export variant of Leader-class) at Army 2016 exhibition. Twelve ships of the 10,000t "Leader class" were planned to enter service from 2023-25, split between the Northern and Pacific Fleets. They would all be nuclear powered. They would be fitted with the ABM-capable S-500 SAM and Kalibr (SS-N-27) cruise missile.

The innovative scenario said the construction of the main warship series laid before 2018 is expected to be completed. "R&D will intensify, as well as procurement of serial prospective units, including major surface warships of the distant sea and oceanic zone after 2020," it said. The oil price for the scenario is to remain at close to US$60 per barrel.

The target-oriented (accelerated) scenario suggests intensive growth of warship exports in the framework of military-technical cooperation. The oil price is to be US$70 per barrel in constant 2017 dollars.

"In renewing the Russian submarine fleet focus is made on the construction of multirole and strategic nuclear submarines. In surface shipbuilding the priority goes to "mosquito fleet’ (small displacement vessels for coastal operations)," the document said.

The batch construction of surface warships and submarines by current projects is to be completed in 2022-2025.

"The creation of lead surface warships (also of distant sea and ocean zone) and new submarines will begin in the same period. They will be mostly a result of evolutionary development of warships and submarines of the current generation which will ensure succession of the technological pattern equipment at shipyards and decrease full life cycle costs," the document said.

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Russian Navy takes delivery of 49 cruise missiles

Military & Defense July 20, 14:55 UTC+3

The Russian Navy also received three newly-built combat ships, two support vessels and one warship that had undergone repairs and the Bastion coastal defense missile system

MOSCOW, July 20. /TASS/. Three most advanced warships were accepted for service in the Russian Navy along with 49 Kalibr cruise missiles in the first half of this year, Deputy Defense Minister Alexei Krivoruchko said on Friday.

"Three newly-built combat ships, two support vessels and one warship that had undergone repairs and the Bastion coastal defense missile system were accepted in the interests of the Navy," the deputy defense minister said.

The Russian Navy also received 49 Kalibr tactical cruise missiles and four anti-ship missiles, he said.

As Commander of the 13th Brigade of the Baltic Fleet’s Leningrad naval base Captain 1st Rank Grigory Chernetsky said, the Project 18280 medium reconnaissance ship Ivan Khurs recently accepted for service "is ready to accomplish its assigned missions for the designated purpose."

"The Project 18280 ship is designated to provide for communications and the fleet’s command and control, carry out radio-technical reconnaissance and conduct electronic warfare," he said.

As the officer said, the ship is currently in a roadstead off Kronshtadt and is preparing for a naval parade.

The Russian Navy also received the Project 21631 missile corvette Vyshny Volochyok.

"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," Commander of the 41st Brigade of Missile Boats of the Black Sea Fleet’s Crimean naval base Captain 1st Rank Igor Vorobyov said.

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Russian Navy Karakurt-class Corvettes Fitted with Orlan-10 UAVs

Posted On Tuesday, 07 August 2018 10:31

Karakurt-class small missile boats (corvettes) of project 22800 received Orlan-10 unmanned aerial vehicles, the Izvestia daily said. The Russian Navy command told the newspaper the Uragan of the Baltic fleet was the first to get the drones. It arranged on the stern the launch catapults and a special crane to lift water-landed drones. The Uragan will offer an experimental site to train drone engagement.


Orlan-10 UAV

Orlan-10 is the most widely used drone in the Navy. It is equipped with night and daytime cameras and electronic warfare means. The drone transmits video online and stays in the air for 14 hours at an altitude of up to 5 thousand meters.

Orlan-10 is usually engaged in groups of 2-3 vehicles. One craft is engaged in reconnaissance at a distance of 1-1.5 km from the surface, the second is higher and carries electronic warfare, and the third transmits video to the base from an altitude of 4.5-5 km.

Many foreign navies pay much attention to drones and install them on warships, naval expert Dmitry Boltenkov told the Izvestia. "Orlan-10 will increase corvette efficiency several times and develop them into multirole warships. Drones will reconnoiter targets, provide aiming information and control strike efficiency. They allow corvettes to deliver precision strikes at the coast and adversary warships," he said.


Project 22800 Karakurt-class small missile boat (corvette) Uragan. Picture: via Russianarms

Drones will add stealth characteristics to project 22800 corvettes, as they will send small drones to assess the situation rather than switch on radars which can be detected by the adversary, the expert said.

Drones were for the first time used in groups during a recent sortie of Northern fleet warships to the Barents Sea. The drills were successful, the Izvestia said.

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Rosatom creates life-long nuclear reactor for submarines

Posted On Wednesday, 08 August 2018 08:53

The Russian State Corporation Rosatom developed, produced and tested two active transportation zones in 2017. They include an optimized reactor zone of a fourth-generation nuclear-powered submarine whose life expectancy lasts until the ship’s medium maintenance and an active reactor zone, which is unique in Russia, with a life-long resource, which lasts for the ship’s life cycle, Rosatom said in its annual report.


In April 2018, a concept of the USC Husky-class fifth-generation submarine emerged on the occasion of the Malakhit bureau’s 70th anniversary. This concept features, in the nose portion, a module with Kalibr or similar missiles along with eight mounting seats for modules in the central part. On the sides are hydroacoustic system antennas. A jet propeller serves as a propulsive unit.

"R&D to create multirole Husky-class fifth-generation submarine envisaged by the arms program for 2018-2027 is to begin in 2019," it said.

"Successful operation of fourth-generation active zones proves the rightness of project decisions which have been made and which will serve as the basis for developing new projects for ship active zones," the report said.

Last year, Rosatom continued to develop a zirconium reactive zone for the operational 14-10-3MP atomic icebreakers.

An active (reactive) zone is the central part of a nuclear reactor that contains nuclear fuel and where a controlled chain reaction takes place. The Borei-class and Yasen-class nuclear-powered submarines are fourth-generation submarines in Russia. The Husky-class fifth-generation submarine is envisaged by the arms program for 2018-2027. Its R&D is to begin in 2019. Learn more about the Husky submarine at this link

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Russia to create missile-armed surface-effect craft prototype by 2027

Posted On Thursday, 09 August 2018 15:52

A prototype of Orlan wing-in-surface-effect craft armed with missiles is to be created in Russia in the framework of the arms program up to 2027, Deputy Prime Minister Yuri Borisov said.


Project A-080-752 on display at IMDS 2013. According to Alekseyev Central Hydrofoil Design Bureau, this craft has a length of 47.6 meters, a width of 45.3 meters, a full displacement of 100 tons, a payload capacity of 20 tons, a cruising speed of 450 Km/h and a flight range of 5000 Km.

"The state armaments program for 2018-2027 includes Orlan R&D, which stipulates the construction of the wing-in-surface-effect craft. The prototype will be created as part of this armament program and it will carry missiles," he said.

The wing-in-surface-effect craft will be used to protect the Northern Sea Route where infrastructure is weakly protected.

"It can hover and monitor the areas, as well as the internal seas: the Caspian and the Black Seas," he said. The new craft can also operate as a patrol vehicle to rescue ship crews, Borisov said.


RProject A-080-752 on display at IMDS 2013. It can carry up to 6x cruise missiles.

A wing-in-surface-effect craft is a multimode vessel, which in its basic regime performs a flight using the surface effect over the water or other surface without constant contact with it. The craft is kept in the air by the aerodynamic lifting force generated on the air wing, the body or their parts designed for the use of the surface effect. The craft normally performs flights at lower altitudes than ordinary aircraft but moves at a higher speed than a ship.

At the MAKS-2015 international air show outside Moscow, Russia’s Naval Aviation Chief Igor Kozhin said that the fleet expected to get a standardized wing-in-surface-effect platform with a lifting capacity of up to 300 tons by 2020. A representative of the Ramenskoye Instrument-Making Design Bureau told TASS the company has completed developing the project of the control and information provision system for wing-in-surface-effect craft in the interests of the Russian Navy.

Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Alekseyev Central Hydrofoil Design Bureau Georgy Antsev told TASS that the development of the promising universal wing-in-surface-effect craft for Russia’s Defense Ministry was at the stage of conceptual design.

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Project 636.3 Submarines for Russian Pacific fleet to be built on time

Posted On Sunday, 12 August 2018 19:21

Six submarines of project 838 for the Pacific fleet will be built on time, Deputy Prime Minister Yuri Borisov said. "(The deadline) is not delayed. Admiralty shipyard is operating rhythmically and will do everything on time," he said. The six submarines have to be handed over to the Pacific fleet in 2019, but it was reported the deadline had been moved to the autumn of 2020. The series is to be built in 2022.


A Project 636.3 submarine of the Russian Black Sea Fleet transiting in the Dutch EEZ. Royal Netherlands Navy picture.

Borisov said it takes close to 30 months to build one submarine. "They will go one after another," he said.

Project 636.3 submarines were designed by Rubin Bureau. In 2010-2016 six submarines were built for the Black Sea fleet.

The construction of the second series of six submarines for the Pacific fleet began on June 28, 2017 when two submarines - the Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky and the Volkhov were laid.

Project 636.3 is the third generation of diesel-electric submarines which are most noiseless in the world. They develop surface speed of 20 knots, submerge to 300 meters and have the cruising capacity of 45 days. The crew comprises 52 men, the underwater displacement is close to four thousand tons.

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