Is the Moskva-Class Helicopter Cruiser the Best Naval Design For the Drone Era?

CIMSEC – A variety of factors, including the long range capabilities of modern artillery, the evolution of drones and missiles, together with the need for stand-off and distributed lethality, have combined to make space in the world’s navies for a great comeback of helicopter cruisers.

Submarine B-602 Magadan has entered the factory sea trials

BMPD – It is reported that on June 25, 2021, for the first time, a large diesel-electric submarine B-602 Magadan (factory number 01616) of project 06363, built for the Russian Navy in St. Petersburg at Admiralty Shipyards JSC (part of United Shipbuilding Corporation JSC – USC), was released for factory sea sea sea. This is the third of six Project 06363 submarines under construction for the Pacific Fleet. (In Russian)

(Thanks to Alain)

Russia’s Gigantic Submarine, Belgorod, Sails For The First Time

Naval News – Belgorod will bring new capabilities to the Russian Navy. To be operated on behalf of the secretive Main Directorate of Undersea Research (GUGI), the submarine may be central to Russia’s intelligence gathering capabilities. Yet she also carries a new strategic weapon, known as Poseidon.

Russia Practices Destroying Enemy Carriers In Pacific Drills Sending U.S. Alarm Bells Ringing

War Zone – Russia has provided more details about its recent sea and air drills conducted in the central Pacific, which included mock attacks on a simulated aircraft carrier strike group.

Russia’s Newest Submarines Are “On Par With Ours” According To Senior American General

War Zone – The head of U.S. Northern Command says that Russia’s Yasen class submarines are set to present a “persistent proximate threat” to the United States.

20 warships sail out for new Barents Sea exercise

Barents Observer – Coastal flotilla, submarines, and aircraft will over the coming days conduct a tactical exercise to protect Russia’s Arctic borders.

Russian Tu-22M3 Backfire Bombers Based In Syria Are Going To Patrol The Mediterranean

War Zone – In a throwback to the days of the Cold War, the Russian swing-wing bombers will fly maritime missions in NATO’s “backyard.”

Russia Shows Off Tiny Fleet Of Titanium-Hulled Sierra II Attack Submarines In New Video

War Zone – The clips show the wake detection gear, escape pod, and sauna on Sierra II class submarines, and also explores force protection measures ashore.

Northern Fleet gets priority in receiving new ballistic missile subs

Barents Observer – Russia’s Defense Ministry has decided that at least one of the next Borei-A class strategic submarines will be delivered to the Northern Fleet instead of the Pacific Fleet.

Suspected Chinese state hackers target Russian submarine designer

BleepingComputer – Hackers suspected to work for the Chinese government have used a new malware called PortDoor to infiltrate the systems of an engineering company that designs submarines for the Russian Navy.

Heavy nuclear missile cruiser “Admiral Lazarev” set aside for scrapping

BMPD – As reported, on April 30, 2021, the heavy nuclear missile cruiser Admiral Lazarev (formerly Frunze, serial number 801) of project 11442 , decommissioned from the Pacific Fleet of the Russian Navy, was towed from the place of its long stay at a layover in Fokino (Abrek Bay, Strelok Bay ) for recycling at JSC “30th ship repair plant” (Danube village, Primorsky Territory). (In Russian)

(Thanks to Alain)

Russian submarine Kazan to be delivered on May 7

Navy Recognition – According to information published by Tass on May 3, 2021, the lead Project 885M Kazan nuclear-powered submarine will be provisionally turned over to the Russian Navy on May 7.

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Russian Navy Expanding Presence in the Mediterranean Sea, Africa

USNI News – Russian President Vladimir Putin’s conviction that a “world power needs a great navy” goes a long way in explaining Russia’s growing naval presence and operations in the Eastern Mediterranean and along the African coast.

Russian Fleet Protects Iranian Ships Smuggling Arms, Israelis Say

Breaking Defense – Amid confused reports of a drone attack on an Iranian ship in the Mediterranean on its way to Syria, Iran appears to have moved its weapons shipments to Syria and Lebanon from the land — where Israel has regularly tracked and destroyed them — to ships that may be receiving protection from Russian vessels in the Mediterranean.

Northern Fleet starts removing oldest ballistic missile subs

Barents Observer – Time has come for the Russian navy to withdraw from service the last class of Soviet-era strategic submarines. Phase-out, however, will take time and happen over years until all new modern Borei class submarines are delivered from the shipyard in Severodvinsk.

Northern Fleet kicks off major exercise

Barents Observer – NATO aircraft are in the skies over the Barents Sea watching as nuclear- and diesel submarines, surface warships, support vessels on Monday sailed out from the Kola Peninsula.

Watch A Russian Navy Il-38N “Dolphin” Load A Superlarge Sea Bottom Mine For Anti-Submarine Warfare Exercise

The Aviationist – For the first time, five Russian Navy Il-38 and Il-38N aircraft have taken part together in an Anti-Submarine Warfare exercise laying sea bottom mines.

Russia’s Bal missile system will cover entire Northern Sea Route

Barents Observer – A Bal missile can take out ships up to 5,000 tons and is aimed at protecting the territorial waters now becoming more accessible for shipping as the Arctic sea ice retreats.