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The Russian military plan to operate well over 32 Tu-160 bombers and its variants by 2027.

In an interview with the defense ministry’s Krasnaya Zvezda on December 30, Deputy Defense Minister Alexei Krivoruchko revealed that the Air Force’s fleet of Tu-160 supersonic strategic bombers-missile carriers would grow more than 50% in the next seven years. “The government contracts have already been concluded and work is underway to produce more of these strategic aircraft. They will begin to enter the troops in 2021,” the minister reprotedly said.

The military currently operates 16 units of Tu-160s that are of different modifications. Each of these aircraft came with a price tag of nearly $215 million in 2018. They are in service with the 121st Guards TBAP of the 22nd Guards Heavy Bomber Aviation Donbass Red Banner Division.

The minister added that deep modernization of the Tu-95MS turboprop strategic missile-carrying bombers will also continue.

S-500 Prometey surface-to-air missile system​

The S-500 Prometey (also known as 55R6M Triumphator-M) is a new-generation air-defense system designed to incorporate the principle of task-splitting in destroying various ballistic and aerodynamic targets. It’s expected that the system will enter mass production in 2021.

The S-500 is a fifth-generation surface-to-air missile system. This long-rage system is uniquely capable of intercepting intercontinental ballistic missiles at high-altitudes, outside the atmosphere. It has a range of 600 km and is capable of detecting and effectively neutralizing up to 10 ballistic targets at a speed of 7 km/s or less. It’s also fit to shoot down hypersonic cruise missiles.

Zircon hypersonic missile​

The 3M22 Zircon (part of the 3K22 Zircon system) is an anti-ship hypersonic cruise missile that is meant to replace the P-700 Granit heavy anti-ship missiles.

A major advantage of this missile is a cruising speed that exceeds Mach 8, which makes it significantly faster than any other anti-ship missile, either Russian or foreign.

The Zircon hypersonic missile has been designed to target enemy surface ships ranging from frigates to aircraft carriers, as well as ground targets located within the range of the missile. The Zircon’s speed (9,800-11,025 km/h) makes this missile completely immune to any anti-aircraft systems of a potential enemy. It’s almost impossible to dodge this missile – or even detect its launch quick enough.


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Why to go for an all out war when you can bring down your enemies and delegitimize their rule among their own people by gradual devaluation of their currency and sanctions that would shift investments away from them?

The West has way matured strategically beyond what the Russians can even grasp.


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Why to go for an all out war when you can bring down your enemies and delegitimize their rule among their own people by gradual devaluation of their currency and sanctions that would shift investments away from them?

The West has way matured strategically beyond what the Russians can even grasp.

Russians are grasping it all too well, they just do not have many options left.

Russian Navy heavy aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov to return at sea in 2022​

Naval News December 2020 Navy Forces Maritime Defense IndustryPOSTED ON SATURDAY, 05 DECEMBER 2020 13:58

According to information published by the Russian Press agency TASS on December 4, 2020, Russia’s aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov is ready to return at sea and to undergo sea trials in 2022 after the fire aboard the aircraft carrier in December 2019, a source in the national shipbuilding corporation told TASS on Friday, December 4, 2020.
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Russian Navy Project 11435 heavy aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov. (Picture source Twitter account Rob Lee)

A source in the shipbuilding industry said," Next summer, the Admiral Kuznetsov will be docked again and will be then set for sea trials, namely in 2022".
The Project 11435 heavy aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov entered in service with the Russian navy in 1990. The design of the Admiral Kuznetsov class implies a mission different from that of the United States Navy's carriers. The term used by her builders to describe the Russian ships is Tyazholyy Avianesushchiy Kreyser (TAVKR) – "heavy aircraft-carrying cruiser" – intended to support and defend strategic missile-carrying submarines, surface ships, and naval missile-carrying aircraft of the Russian Navy.
The Admiral Kuznetsov aircraft carrier has a 14,700m² flight deck area and she uses ski-jump technology to assist the aircraft during the take-off. The ship can carry a total of up to fixed-wing and rotary-wing aircraft including 18 Su-33 carried-based twin-engine fighter aircraft, 6 MiG-29K all-weather carrier-based multirole fighter aircraft, four Ka-31 naval helicopter, and two Ka-27 naval helicopters. The flight deck is equipped with arrester wires. Two starboard lifts carry the aircraft from the hangar to the flight deck. The ship has a crew of 1,690 sailors and an air group including 626 people.
The Admiral Kuznetsov aircraft carrier is armed with 6 AK-630 mm CIWS (Close-In Weapon Systems), eight CADS-N-1 Kashtan CIWS each equipped with 2 30 mm Gatling AA and 32 3K87 Kortik surface-to-air missiles, twelve P-700 Granit SSM anti-ship cruise missiles, 24 × 8-cell 3K95 Kinzhal VLS (Vertical Launching Systems) for surface-to-air missiles and RBU-12000 UDAV-1 ASW anti-submarine rocket launchers.
The is powered by eight turbo-pressurized boilers and four steam turbines, each producing 50,000hp, nine 2,011 hp (1,500 kW) turbo generators, six 2,011 hp (1,500 kW) diesel generators driving four shafts with fixed-pitch propellers. She can reach a top speed of 29 knots (33 mph; 54 km/h) with a maximum cruising range of 8,500 nmi. (15,700 km) at 18 knots (21 mph; 33 km/h). The Russian aircraft carrier has an endurance of 45 days
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Russian Navy Kirov-class Cruiser Admiral Nakhimov
Russian Navy Kirov-class Cruiser Admiral Nakhimov towed out of the pool/dry dock at Sevmash shipyard on 18 August. Sevmash picture by М. Воркункова

Russia’s Upgraded Kirov-Class Cruiser Admiral Nakhimov Set For Late 2022 Delivery​

The Russian Navy (VMF) is set to receive the upgraded Kirov-class nuclear-powered guided missile cruiser "Admiral Nakhimov" (Project 11442M) in late 2022, according to the Ministry of Defense (MoD).​

Xavier Vavasseur 17 Dec 2020

Story by TASS Russian news agency

On December 16, Deputy Defense Minister Alexey Krivoruchko visited the Sevmash shipyard (a subsidiary of the United Shipbuilding Corporation) in order to check the construction of the Project 955A (Borei-A-class) nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarines (SSBNs) and the Project 885M (Yasen-M-class) nuclear-powered guided missile submarines (SSGNs), and the modernization of the Project 11442M battlecruiser ‘Admiral Nakhimov’.

“The implementation of the works was checked. Under the plan, the [‘Admiral Nakhimov’] ship is expected to be delivered [to the Navy] in late 2022. These terms are not challenged,”


According to the official, the implementation of the state defense order (Gosoboronzakaz, GOZ) meets the approved schedules for the most part.

The Sevmash shipyard carries out its obligations, noted the MoD.

The modernization will provide the ‘Admiral Nakhimov’ with the capability to fire high-precision weapons, including the Zircon hypersonic missiles, the Oniks (SS-N-26 Strobile), and the Kalibr-family (SS-N-27 Sizzler) missiles. The ships’ air defense suite will comprise the Fort-M (SA-N-6 Grumble) surface-to-air missile system and the Pantsir-M naval anti-aircraft gun-missile systems. The battlecruiser will also carry powerful anti-submarine warfare weapons.

The modernization of the Project 11442M battlecruiser ‘Admiral Nakhimov’ was launched in 2013.

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The Admiral Nakhimov before its modernization. Russian MoD picture.
The Admiral Nakhimov before its modernization. Russian MoD picture.

For the record, the “Admiral Nakhimov” (Project 1144 “Orlan”) was named “Kalinin” until 1992. It was laid down on May 17, 1983 at the Baltic Shipyard. Launched on April 25, 1986 and commissioned with the Soviet Navy on December 30, 1988. On April 22, 1992 it was renamed “Admiral Nakhimov”.

The vessel arrived from Severomorsk to Severodvinsk at Sevmash shipyard to undergo repair and modernization back in 1997. On August 14, 1999, the ship was officially accepted for repair and modernization at the shipyard. However, the work did not start fora while, and only in September 2008 the spent nuclear fuel was unloaded.

In 2012, the technical project for the modernization of the ship under the project 11442M was completed. On June 13, 2013, Sevmash signed a contract with the Russian Ministry of Defense worth 50 billion rubles for the repair and modernization of the cruiser, with a contractual deadline for its return to the fleet in 2018. On October 24, 2014, the cruiser was brought into the Sevmash pool/dry dock, after which the actual modernization work began. The vessel was put back in the water in August 2020. Experts estimate that the vessel won’t be back at sea for post-modernization sea trials until 2022 at best.

Modernization of the weapon systems includes, according to Sevmash CEO, the Fort-M (NATO reporting name: SA-N-6 Grumble) and Pantsyr-M (SA-22 Greyhound) air defense systems and the high-power Paket-NK and Otvet antisubmarine warfare weapons. According to H I Sutton, the cruiser will be also armed with the 3M22 Zircon hypersonic anti-ship missile, possibly a total of 60 missiles.
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