Russia stages first ship-launched ‘Tsirkon’ hypersonic missile test

Barents Observer – Russia has conducted the first ship-launched firing of its new hypersonic missile called Tsirkon and plans further tests from nuclear submarines.

Inside Russia’s Laika Next Generation Attack Submarine

Naval News – The Project 545 ‘Laika’ was first revealed in the background of a media report on a Russian defense exhibition in December. Although it has not been officially confirmed the new design is likely to be the next generation Russian attack submarine project known as Husky. The name Laika refers to a breed of Siberian hunting dog very similar to the husky.

Russia To Upgrade All Pacific Fleet’s Project 1234 Nanuchka III-Class Corvettes

Naval News – All Nanuchka III-class small missile ships (corvettes) of project 1234 of the 114th brigade of the Pacific fleet will be upgraded. They will get new arms and radars, communications, and economical and powerful diesel engines.

Russia will withdraw sunken nuclear submarines from the bottom of the sea

El Snorkel – The priority is the refloating of the Komsomolets K-27 and K-278 nuclear submarines.(in Spanish)

(Thanks to Alain)

Weeks-long ‘Red October’ style hunt for Russian subs off East Coast FAILED as Navy warns waters no longer ‘safe haven’

The Sun – The US Navy Second Fleet command trawled the North Atlantic for Russia’s most powerful submarine, the Severodvinsk, but said it remained undetected despite a mission to find it lasting several weeks.

(Thanks to Alain)

Russian Navy Akula-Class Submarine K-154 Tigr To Complete Overhaul In 2023

Naval News – The overhaul of the Tiger (K-154 Tigr) nuclear-powered attack submarine (SSN) of project 971 (Akula-class) is to be completed by the end of 2023. The SSN has not made any sorties since 2010s. Three years ago, it was towed to the shipyard in Snezhnogorsk. The overhaul will increase its might due to Kalibr missiles.

(Thanks to Alain)

FSB gets more icebreaking vessels for Arctic patrol

Barents Observer – The Russian Border Guard Service, a department under the FSB, is strengthening its presence in the ice-covered waters of the Arctic. Construction of a first icebreaking patrol vessel of Project 23550 was launched in April 2017 and a second in November 2019.

While the Press and Public Focus on Iran, US Military Prepares For War With Russia

Newsweek – William Arkin writes that during the height of tensions with Iran last year, the United States conducted an unprecedented series of war games. Over five months, from May until the end of September, 93 separate military exercises were held, with forces operating continuously in, above and around 29 countries. The games, which practiced everything from ground platoon tactics to cyber warfare, weren’t held in the Mideast and weren’t directed at Tehran. They were directed against Moscow—and constituted the most intense uninterrupted set of drills since the end of the Cold War.

Russian Navy’s Top Officer Says Shadowy Zircon Hypersonic Missile Has “Childhood Diseases”

War Zone – The missile, details about which are scant, has at least some development hurdles to overcome and is still years away from entering service.

Northern Fleet aviation to get new sub hunters

Barents Observer – The rebuilt version of the passenger aircraft Tu-204/214 will be Russia’s equivalent to the U.S. built Boeing P-8 Poseidon that Norway, among others, will deploy for surveillance flights over the Barents- and Norwegian Seas.

Putin takes a look at new aircraft carrier

Barents Observer – As the country’s one and only vessel of the kind lies damaged by accident and fire at port in Murmansk, the President puts his eyes on a brand new project.

Russian coast guard receives new ice strengthened patrol vessel

Barents Observer – The “Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky” will improve search- and rescue capabilities in Russia’s western Arctic region.

Northern Fleet’s new multipurpose Arctic tanker starts service in Barents Sea

Barents Observer – The «Akademik Pashin» can simultaneously provide three vessels with fuels and other goods while sailing at open sea.

Troubles delay Russia’s prestigious ballistic missile sub

Barents Observer – “Knyaz Vladimir”, the first upgraded Borey-A class submarine, will not be handed over to the navy by the end of 2019 as planned.

Submarine B-603 Volkhov of project 06363 launched

BMPD – On December 26, 2019, in St. Petersburg, the Admiralty Shipyards JSC (part of United Shipbuilding Corporation – USC) held a launch ceremony for the B-603 large diesel-electric submarine being built for the Navy of the Russian Federation “ Volkhov ” (serial number 01615) of project 06363. This is the second of six submarines of project 06363 being built for the Pacific Fleet. (In Russian)

(Thanks to Alain)

Sevmash floats out second Yasen-M class nuclear attack submarine

Barents Observer – After the two previous 4th generation multi-purpose submarines experienced long delays in construction, Russia now seems to have gain speed at the shipyard in Severodvinsk.

Learn About the 100-Megaton Nuclear Torpedos Russia Has Up Its Sleeve

National Interest – These doomsday weapons are the latest iterations of the new arms race.

Soviet mini-submarine discovered in Jarfjord by Norwegian special forces in 1990

Barents Observer – A former officer from the Headquarters of the Armed Forces in Northern Norway told about the surfacing submarine in a TV documentary by NRK about the Cold War.

Russia’s top General indirectly confirms Arctic deployment of the unstoppable Kinzhal missile

Barents Observer – MiG-31K fighter jets armed with the new Kinzhal air-launched ballistic missile based at Kola, Franz Josef Land and Novaya Zemlya could in practice pose a threat it is not possible to defend against in the European Arctic, northern Scandinavia and North-Atlantic.

Sunrise could come for nuclear-powered submarine tanker

Barents Observer – Sailing under the ice north of Siberia is cheaper than crushing through, a concept study concludes.

The Russian Navy Has a Big Decision to Make: Time to Give up on Aircraft Carriers?

National Interest – What will Moscow do now that its carrier just had another major setback?

Russian Surveillance Ship Operating in ‘Unsafe’ Manner off East Coast

USNI News – Russian surveillance ship Viktor Leonov has been operating unsafely off the coast of Georgia and South Carolina in the vicinity of U.S. naval bases, according to a U.S. Coast Guard safety bulletin issued on Sunday.

World’s largest nuclear icebreaker starts sea trials

Barents Observer – Painted in the Russia’s flag’s tricolor, the new «Arktika» sailed out to the Gulf of Finland on Thursday for a two-days test voyage.

Trouble-hit aircraft carrier catches fire in Murmansk

Barents Observer – The fire on “Admiral Kuznetsov” at yard No. 35 started during welding work in one of the engine rooms. The fire is not under control.