- Moscow is modernising or repairing 12 nuclear-powered submarines
- The modernised boats are intended to serve 20 more years, maintaining operational force levels as the new Project 885M Yasen-class boats enter service.
- The modernisation programme leaves current force levels as low as nine boats across the fleet
Russian defence minister Sergei Shoigu has set out details of an ambitious effort to reinvigorate Russia’s shipbuilding and submarine order of battle.
During a visit to the Zvezda shipyard at Bolshoy Kamen on Russia’s Pacific coast in September, the minister is reported to have informed Russian journalists that six nuclear-powered submarines are under repair and modernisation at Zvezda. Continue reading
Russia’s navy plans to expand its fleet by 50 ships this year as part of a massive military upgrade plan started under President Vladimir Putin last year and is to continue until 2050. Those ships include nuclear submarines to replace Russia’s aging fleet and some refurbished surface ships, the Moscow Times reported. Continue reading
We will never really know how many submarines China actually has, let alone what types until they expose themselves.
A couple weeks dated, yet still relevant:
Hong Kong: Beneath the surface of the South China Sea off the tropical Chinese resort island of Hainan, an underwater tunnel guides submarines into a lair reminiscent of a James Bond spy movie.
From this pen the subs can venture in and out of the contested South China Sea hidden from the prying eyes of reconnaissance planes deployed by the United States Navy, which for the past half century has enjoyed almost unfettered access to the waters, say military watchers who cite satellite images of the area.
The fleet of diesel and nuclear-powered submarines reflects President Xi Jinping’s efforts to ensure the security of sea lanes vital for feeding the economic growth on which the nation’s stability rests. It’s also provoked discomfort among neighbours bruised by China’s approach to territorial disputes. Continue reading
DF-31B is Beijing’s sixth road-mobile nuclear strike system
China’s military has conducted the first flight test of a new variant of one of its road-mobile intercontinental ballistic missiles in a sign that Beijing is increasing its strategic strike capability against the United States.
The test of a new DF-31B missile was conducted Sept. 25 from a missile test range in central China.
A Pentagon spokeswoman declined to provide details of the test. Continue reading
In a throwback to the Cold War, Russia announced plans to beef up its submarine patrols of strategic waters around the world.
“On June 1 or a bit later we will resume constant patrolling of the world’s oceans by strategic nuclear submarines,” Russian Navy Commander Adm. Vladimir Vysotsky announced Feb. 3.
Global patrols by nuclear-powered, ballistic missile-carrying submarines or SSBNs were a hallmark of the Soviet Union’s nuclear deterrence strategy.
Full article: Russia to resume SSBN patrols of worldwide strategic waterways (World Tribune)
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)