Russia to get stronger nuclear navy, Putin says

President Vladimir Putin oversaw the start of construction of one of Russia’s newest generation submarines on Monday and vowed to boost nuclear naval forces to safeguard the country’s position as a leading sea power.

“We believe that our country should maintain its status of one of the leading naval powers,” Putin told a meeting of naval commanders and government officials at the sprawling Sevmash shipbuilding yard in northern Russia.

Putin is working to make the submarines and the missiles they will carry a cornerstone of the Russian navy, which will receive nearly a quarter of the 20 trillion roubles ($621.31 billion) to be spent by the end of the decade.

After nearly two decades characterized by a lack of funding, Russia is pushing to modernize its fighting forces, and redesign its armaments.

Deputy Prime Minister in charge of the defense industry, Dmitry Rogozin, also said on Monday that Moscow was likely to ask state-controlled banks to finance 200-to-300 billion roubles annually in credits as part of the overall plan.

Full article: Russia to get stronger nuclear navy, Putin says (Reuters)

Russia to build six submarines annually from 2013

As the US continues down the road of disarmament and a ‘reset’ the Kremlin won’t abide by, our Soviet counterparts are rearming and modernizing military technology. Soviet rearming is nothing new, regardless of the sideshow and overtures of ‘good will’ meant for public consumption. The Soviet long-term war preparations and plan have always been in tact.

Russia will produce six submarines and one aircraft carrier annually starting 2013, Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin said Thursday. “By 2013, production capacity [at Russian shipyards] will allow us to build six submarines and an aircraft carrier every year,” Rogozin told reporters, adding that the number includes both nuclear and diesel-powered submarines.

As a result, the production output will surpass that of the Soviet era when Russia built an average of five submarines annually, he said.

Rogozin earlier said the production had been bogged down in the past by a lack of financing, outdated equipment and a shortage of skilled labour.

Russia is planning to build eight Borey class strategic submarines and up to 10 Graney class attack subs by 2020.

Full article: Russia to build six submarines annually from 2013 (Space Daily)