Austin wrote:Good Article on how Russian Submariner forces pair up , it seems they wont last much again numerically superior US Subs and ASW unit , just managing to destroy 25 % US naval forces and loosing most combat capability in bargain.
Another interesting aspect is protection of SSBN forces with conventional submarine of Kilo types
Theater of one actor - Underwater US Navy feels superior even on our shores
That's where the restart of modernized Mi-14 production and the modernization and re-introduction of existing Mi-14s comes in.
These helicopters will be able to protect Russia's waters at greater ranges from land than the current land-based Ka-27s can.
For further out, virtually all of the latest corvette/frigate/destroyer designs have helicopter pads where Ka-27s ASW variants will be based (in some cases Ka-31s or Ka-27s CSAR variants will be based on them instead).
There's a new class of helicopters to replace the Ka-27 family & derivates apparently under development.
Il-38s have recently been receiving upgrades to the Il-38N standard.
Later on they will probably be replaced by the proposed Il-114MP aircraft.
The Tu-142s will stay put for the time being; I should note that some of these are not old aircraft at all; they were being built all the way up to 1994; with the M3 variant being built since 1985.
All Tu-142s are supposed to be upgraded to M3M standard by 2020.
In the longer-term, they may well be replaced by PAK-DAs, or perhaps something else entirely; like a variant of the MS-21 or Tu-201.
The article doesn't mention the Be-12s; probably since they have only started to be returned to service last year and are only in service in the Black Sea Fleet - but they are another component of ASW.
Right now they are undergoing repairs at the Beriev plant in Taganrog and in a recently-ressurected facility in the Crimea.
They will probably be in service for another 5 or so years; at which point the question of their replacement will become very accute.
Originally, the A-40 was designated for their replacement, however the MoD later rejected the A-40 program; at which point there was talk of the Il-38s replacing them. However, the Il-38 being a similarly old aircraft that's no longer in production, not in service in large numbers, and not to mention without any amphibious landing capabilities - this plan never made much sense.
The latest news suggests that the MoD has rethought its decision and decided it needs the A-40s after all as Be-12 replacements (http://ria.ru/defense_safety/20140719/1016726869.html), and possibly to replace some Il-38Ns in other fleets too.