Russia continues efforts to modernize its naval force

After the collapse of the Soviet Union, the Russian Navy experienced a long period of famine, seeing its unmaintained ships and new units arriving in sparse, when they did arrive. At the end of the 2000s, the operational situation was even catastrophic, with a majority of ships unfit for combat, if not for navigation. It was at this point that Moscow made the decision to begin modernizing its fleet, first by acquiring new models of well-armed patrol boats and corvettes, such as the Buyan and Buyan-M, and conventional submarines. Improved Kilo, while engaging a vast plan for rationalization and modernization of the multitude of shipyards that dotted the country. In recent years, the results of these efforts are clearly felt, the Russian Navy being, today, one of that which perceives the greatest number of new naval units each year.

In an interview given to the Tass agency, (full version in russian here) the director of naval constructions of the OSK group, also former chief of staff of the Russian Navy, Admiral Vladimir Korolev, gives an exhaustive vision of this present and future effort. Thus, he indicates that by the end of the year, no less than 3 submarines will be delivered to the Russian Navy: the nuclear missile submarine. Knyaz Oleg of the project class 955A Borei-A, also the first production unit of this model, the nuclear-powered missile submarine Novosibirsk of the 885M Iassen-M project, and the conventionally powered submarine project 636.3 Magadan referred to within NATO as Improved Kilo. The corvette of the class Steregouchtchi project 20380 Retiviy will also join the Russian Navy. Recall that the frigate 22350 Admiral Golocko is also scheduled to enter service by the end of this year, or early 2022, and which the Russian Navy welcomed into active service in May 2021, the first nuclear submarine of the Iassen-M class, the Win.

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