Vladimir79 wrote:..... We should have invested everything into a long line of 22350s,
You did... and then bet the bank on Ukrainian loyalty.
Lord Darwin has no favorites.
Vladimir79 wrote:.....Corvettes with high end weapons are a waste of tonnage and expense that cannot project power in blue water.
And what would you do once you are in that precious blue water?
There is no more ideology to enforce, no more clients (ungrateful ones I might add) to protect, no trade lanes you use that need controlling and no resources you don't have at home already.
All your enemies are are right next door in Europe and maybe (big maybe) across Sea of Japan. And none of them require blue water navy to deal with.
Vladimir79 wrote:.....They should be centered around two nuclear carriers with the full capabilities of CATOBAR
USSR at the apex of it's might could not come close to having even a single nuclear carrier even with that insane suicidal military budget.
They could barely build and operate helicopter carriers.
How on Earth do you expect Russia to have one especially on a budget not compiled by by geriatric commies with 8 years of elementary school? And I mean that as a compliment. Remember what killed USSR?
Vladimir79 wrote:.....Let the FSB patrol the EEZ and invest in a blue water navy.
Russia is not USA, you are not flanked by two oceans and not bordered by two glorified provinces.
Having Coast Guard (FSB) patrol EEZ is a luxury that USA has but you don't, never had and never will.
Vladimir79 wrote:.....We have so many projects of corvettes it is just a waste of resources.
Corvettes is what you can build and more importantly what you need.
And even that is a stretch.
All this hassle with building corvettes and people want carriers?
It's like wanting to have a Lamborghini when you can barely pay for and build a tricycle. All the while living next to dirt road...
Vladimir79 wrote:..... with everything we have spent maintaining the old, we could have built all of this new.
No you couldn't.
Navy was swimming in cash until recently and all they managed to build were those hated corvettes.
No matter how much money you dump on carriers you will always be 3rd rate in that department, that is if you don't bankrupt yourselves (again) first.
And even if you build one (fat chance) what will you use it for? Fly airplanes around potential hostiles which are all within range of land based aviation?
More money down the latrine...