Russian Tactical Nukes Are Real

USNI Proceedings – Russia has the most extensive arsenal of naval tactical nuclear weapons in the world.

Is Russia’s Planned ‘Combat Icebreaker’ a Serious Threat?

National Interest – Despite this innovative platform, the Russian Arctic “threat” is mostly hype.

Russia’s Navy Might Be Modernizing—But It’s Overstretched

National Interest – Why is the United States fretting to such an extent about a Russian Navy that itself admits that (on a good day) it has almost half the combat power of the U.S. Navy.

Is This the Future of Russia’s Anti-Submarine Weapons?

National Interest – Russian strategists appear to have a healthy respect for the U.S. Navy’s submarine force.

Russia vs. America: What Would a Naval Clash over Syria Look Like?

National Interest – It feels like 1973 again in the Mediterranean Sea. That’s when the Soviet Navy administered a rude shock to Western navies in the Eastern Mediterranean, deploying a squadron that outnumbered the Italy-based U.S. Sixth Fleet during that year’s Arab-Israeli war. America sided with Israel, the Soviet Union with the Arab powers. For a time it appeared the Yom Kippur War might ensnare the superpower navies. In other words, war between small Middle East allies might embroil the U.S. Navy and Soviet Navy in combat.

Russia’s New Little Missile Packing Patrol Ship Is A Pretty Genius Design

War Zone – The ships can carry containerized missile systems and can be outfitted with vertical launch surface-to-air missiles, but are half the size of an LCS.

Solve the Baltic’s Geography Problem

USNI Proceedings – With Putin’s Russia on the near horizon, Baltic countries must organize in anticipation of a threat. But the area’s complex geography creates a challenge beyond the Great Bear.

Here’s The Six Super Weapons Putin Unveiled During Fiery Address

War Zone – The Russian president said “you listen to us now” as he boasted about nuclear-powered cruise missile, hypersonic weapons, nuclear torpedoes, and more.

How exposed deep-sea cables could leave the economy vulnerable to a Russian attack

Defense News – Underwater fiber optic cables are responsible for transmitting 97 percent of global communications and $10 trillion in daily financial transactions, yet they are dangerously exposed, according to a new report in Policy Exchange, a London-based think-tank.

Buried In Trump’s Nuclear Report: A Russian Doomsday Weapon

NPR – Buried in the plan is a mention of a mysterious Russian weapon called “Status-6.” On paper, at least, Status-6 appears to be a kind of doomsday device. The report refers to it as “a new intercontinental, nuclear-armed, nuclear-powered, undersea autonomous torpedo.”

Russian spy ship spotted 100 miles off North Carolina coast

CNN – The Russian spy ship, the Viktor Leonov, was spotted 100 miles south east of Wilmington, North Carolina, in international waters.

Fire At Russia’s Vladivostok Submarine Base Sure Doesn’t Look Like An “Exercise”

War Zone – Lighting your own sub on fire, or setting a fire right next to one, seems like a pretty stupid, if not unbelievable way to execute a drill.

Outgunned Allies Must Contest Baltic, Black Seas: NATO Admiral

Breaking Defense – “When I was an ensign, a lieutenant, we knew we could beat the Russians. It was just a question of time because we were better than them,” NATO’s top admiral said. “I’m not sure we could make that assumption now.”

Russia’s nuclear underwater drone is real and in the Nuclear Posture Review

Defense News – A draft of the Pentagon’s Nuclear Posture Review confirms the existence of an underwater nuclear drone made and operated by Russia, a capability the U.S. Defense Department had not previously publicly acknowledged.

The Dimensions of Russian Sea Denial in the Baltic Sea

CIMSEC – Recent actions by the Russian military all point toward conveying the message that Russia does not want the presence of foreign militaries in Baltic Sea waters and is capable of taking countermeasures to exert its sovereignty in the region.

Russian tankers fueled North Korea via transfers at sea

Reuters – Russian tankers have supplied fuel to North Korea on at least three occasions in recent months by transferring cargoes at sea, according to two senior Western European security sources, providing an economic lifeline to the secretive Communist state.

Russia a ‘risk’ to undersea cables, defence chief warns

BBC – The UK’s most senior military officer has warned of a new threat posed by Russia to communications and internet cables that run under the sea.

Russia Scooped Up Wrecks Of Its Crashed Naval Fighters Off The Seafloor Near Syria

War Zone – The report comes a year after a MiG-29KR and a Su-33 crashed during separate incidents while operating aboard Russia’s carrier.

Delivery Of Russia’s Refit Nuclear Battlecruiser Delayed But Progress Looks Impressive

War Zone – New video shows that the Cold War dinosaur of a ship has been largely gutted to make way for new combat systems and weaponry.

Russia Supposedly Bringing Back Giant Ekranoplans For Arctic Missions

War Zone – Are Moscow’s Arctic ambitions going to result in a rebirth of the Soviet-era Caspian Sea Monster?

Russian warships dock in Philippines as Manila cultivates new ties

Reuters – Three Russian warships, including two anti-submarine vessels, docked in Manila on Friday to unload what navy officials said was weaponry and military vehicles donated to the Philippines as part of a new defense relationship.

Modernization Funds Slashed For Russia’s Notoriously Rickety Aircraft Carrier

War Zone – The carrier’s long delayed deep refit and modernization program has had its budget slashed in half putting in question the carrier’s future relevance.

Russia’s Fifth-Generation Sub Looms

US Naval Institute Proceedings – Like the Soviet Navy before it, the Russian Navy’s true power lies in its submarine force. Although recovering from a prolonged period of limited investment and confined activity, the various nuclear-powered fast attack submarines (SSNs), guided-missile submarines (SSGNs), and ballistic-missile submarines (SSBNs) Russia inherited from the Soviet Union make it a capable adversary in the undersea domain. If Russia is to remain a relevant player beneath the waves in the 2020s and 2030s, however, it will have to substantially recapitalize its aging submarine force in the coming decade. Fortunately for Russia’s submariners, reinvigorating submarine construction has been one of the visible accomplishments of the Russian Navy’s modernization program for 2011–2020.

Powerful Navy flotilla sets out from Kola Bay as Russia starts Zapad-2017

The Independent Barents Observer – With battle cruiser Pyotr Veliky in the lead, a big group of Northern Fleet ships unfold a grand exercise near the border to Norway.

Aircraft Carriers’ Drama

USNI Blog – A discussion of current Russian hypersonic anti-ship cruise missiles.