Russia is in low intensity conflict here, aganist enemy that has no Air Defence or very, very little of it, its not really comparable with full scale war they had in Iraq. And US is there for over a decade with hundreds of helicopters and aircraft deployed, Russians are yet to reach 1 year of deployment with never exceeding 40 borts.
it s not low intensity conflict. They had deployed almost 50 aircraft in Syria, as well as they were using Tu-22M3, Tu-160 and Tu-95. Still apart from incident with Turkey and this Mig-29K they didn't have any major losses in airplanes. [/quote]
Again, check more carefully dates of US losses in Iraq and you will understand.
Also, during NATO intervention in Yugoslavia, for 78 days NATO lost 3 aircraft including F-117 to poor Serbian air defense, which was consist mainly of Soviet SAM systems from 60's.
Another example with limited conflict is NATO intervention in Bosnia 1993-1995. Serbian troops in Bosnia didn't have advanced air defense systems, but still NATO lost:1 Mirage 2000(accident), one F-18(accident), another Mirage 2000N was shot down with Igla missile, 1 Sea Harrier shot down and one F-16c shot down.
Is it smoky? It is, it burns high sulfur content Mazut-100 on below required burning temperature and smokes like hell, and ye it is an issue.
for me it is minor issue, it is important that it can sail and it can deliver airstrikes. Anyway it is going to be modernize after this deployment.
Its behind Russians in what? Number of nuclear subs? And its outperfoming RuNAV in almost every aspect other than number of SSN-s at this moment.
Simply, it is behind in Russia in number and quality of nuclear submarines, missile technology and etc.
"its outperfoming RuNAV in almost every aspect ", Yeah right, that's why they bought 12 Kilos from Russia and 4 Sovremeny class as well as many radars, missiles and torpedoes.....plus unfinished Aircraft carrier, Su-35 as well as engines for local built aircraft and many many other things. Even most of their missiles are bad russian copies.
They don't outperform Russian navy in anything except quantity
Thing is that Russia will build many Frigates and corvetes in the next ten years, but chinese would not be able to built same numbers of yasens and boreis like russians. Also, many Akulas, Sierras and Oscars would be deeply modernized to serve another 15-20 years.
Over half of those you listed were not "built" by Russia, they were "finished" by Russia. Majority of the hulls were already finished in USSR times and then reached stage where it was cheaper to finish rather than scrap them.
partially true, but still russia was in such a trouble during nineties, that most countries in such situation wouldn't have built anything. Even if they build half of these, it is still powerful number, especially when you look carefully what kind of ships and subs they have build.
other thing is that in the same time, they menaged to modernize all Delta IV submarines and rearm them with brand new missiles Sineva. In the same time, they developed new missile system Bulava and many other systems like Kalibr, Yakhont, Zircon and etc...
Type 039A is equal if not better than Imp. Kilo, plus it has AIP, somewhat limiting, but AIP.
I wouldn't trust so much to Chinese quality. Maybe particular Type-039A is similar to improved Kilo class in performance, but still it is questionable and regarding Kilo reputation I would chose it for favorite.
All others chinese SSK are behind Kilos.
You can have no matter what kind of subs, if you dont have surface fleet to match it they will get hunted down by ASW assets and be or destroyed or captured. If it was that easy Japan would just build 100 submarines and call it a day. Please stop writing bollocks.
Yeah right....you have no idea about submarines and their performances. Check history of military drills between submarines and US navy carrier battle groups and you gonna see how many times simple diesel submarines were able to sneak so close to the carrier and "sunk it" with torpedo.
Now imagine what would Oscar or Yasen do in that situation.
Nevertheless, russia navy is famous by its submarines bastions, and they have very powerful(probably the most powerful) anti submarine destroyerrs, Udaloy class, with its sonar,anti submarine torpedoes and anti submarine missiles. It is well proven anti submarine platform. Plus it carry 2 Ka-27 anti sub helicopters.
Also, there are arround 20 Grisha class Anti submarine corvettes in Russian navy + 7 Parchim class corvettes. I know that you gonna say that they are obsolete, just because they are inherited from Soviet Union, but regarding they speed, firepower and small size they are ideal for hunting enemy submarines and protecting own fleet submarine force.
But as far as I know Nuclear attack and cruise missile submarines are designed to sneak and attack surface battle groups before they are properly deployed. Many people does not understand that it is not easy to spot nuclear submarine which is 300m below water in the ocean. Mate it is ocean. To be able to detect submarines like you think, you will need hundreds of Anti submarine airplanes.