TR1 wrote:Building subs like no tommorow rofl.
Why don't you go look at the pace of Russian nuclear boat construction.
You are high if you think the Russian navy sub fleet will be close in size to the US navy by 2020.
It can't even keep half of its attack subs operational today, with a much smaller overall fleet.
If anything a reduction in the fleet size is 1.) absolutely inevitable, particularly with nuke boats and 2.) probably makes a whole lot of sense instead of a bloated force that is barely operational.
To be fair most countries take much longer than the US does to spit out nuclear boats as well.
Vann gonna Vann.
EDIT: Also,t here are planned to be 18 or so Virginias before 2020.
They don't need to lay the boats down a decade in advance since...construction actually moves fast.
And, another 10 Block IV boats by 2023.
So don't worry, the numbers won't be anywhere close, even if some cuts happen along the way.
US navy is building 4 new submarines.. Russia is building 14 new Submarines.. including diesel electric. no idea how you don't see the significant more submarines Russia is building.. is far more than US navy..
according to Global Firepower.. 2015..
Already Russia have 55 Submarines.. and US 72..
if all Submarines remain in service until 2020.. and the new ones in construction finished .
Then Russia will have 55 +14 submarines = 69 and US will have 72+4 = 76.
So that is very close to me.. this is not counting how there are conflicting reports
that the Navy wants 8 to 10 Borei submarines.. if they build 8,then we will be in the 71 vs 76.
But for sure some will be decommissioned after 2020 from both sides , "Ohios already have 40 years in service) .. so Russia should be even above 60 subs.. and US in 70 or less. This is only
about Submarines.. not about Surface warships.. that Russia is far behind in terms of destroyers and cruisers.. still Russia manage to balance by the significant number of corvettes they have.
with very capable anti ship missiles. that can defeat any destroyer or cruiser.
counting destroyers/cruisers/Frigates and corvetters.. US navy have 72 warships (not including aircraftcarriers) and Russia navy have 90 warships..
Russia navy looks pretty dam good ,for only having 10% of the budget of the US navy..
And if Russia is building 14 brand new state of the art submarines ,vs 4 new subs that US navy is building. then i consider that very impressive. how much more Russia is doing.