Visual characteristics of the combat readiness of naval strategic nuclear forces of Russia
Photos nuclear submarine of strategic purpose (SSBN). 31st submarine division of the Northern Fleet of the Russian Navy (pictures are made in early August 2015). As can easily be seen in the pictures in the base Gadzhiyevo are 5x SSBNs - 4 of project 667BDRM (K-51 "Verkhoturye", K-84 "Yekaterinburg", K-18 "Karelia", K-407 "Novomoskovsk") and the new K-535 "Yury Dolgoruky" Project 955 (till now not to start combat duty). Given the fact that the SSBN K-114 "Tula", Project 667BDRM, is in average repairs at the head office of JSC Zvezdochka "in Severodvinsk, it can be concluded that in the sea on active service at the time of the photo shoot was only one boat in this division, K-117 "Bryansk", Project 667BDRM.
Thus, these images show that 80 deployed strategic delivery vehicles (ballistic missiles) and 352 deployed nuclear warheads (in other words, 15.5% of the total number of carriers and 22.25% in the number of deployed nuclear warheads of the strategic nuclear forces of Russia) were stationary state of the cluster in the form of virtually unprotected in one place. This is a clear example of the level of combat readiness and combat the real value of the whole naval strategic nuclear forces (SSBNs) of Russia
, which spent astronomical means. It is obvious that one assured destruction of enemy nuclear warheads 352 Nuclear land-based ballistic missiles RVSN is impossible in principle.
Recall that the US Navy is also in very low estimate readiness and the degree of operational voltage Russian SSBNs - According to our blog, according to Naval Intelligence, the Russian nuclear missile submarines of strategic purpose made in 2012, only five exits on combat patrol that, apparently, it does not allow to maintain the continuity of the combat patrol at least one boat. For comparison, the nuclear missile submarines of the US Navy in 2012, made 28 exits on combat patrol, while in 2012, the sea is constantly on duty was an average of eight nuclear missile submarines of the US Navy. "Panther" in the company of five SSBNs (the fifth is almost invisible), Hajiyev 01.01-08.08.2015
Now the bad news. It is in the basis of five SSBNs simultaneously suggestive. Assuming that one of the sevenSSBNs is still on combat patrols ("Tula" - repairs to the "star"), KOH our northern groups NSNF is only 0.14 (0.33 instead of desirable or close to the ideal of 0, 5). On the one hand, it may seem not so important: the launch range SLBM R-29RMU2 "Sineva" 11,500 km (Reference 2), to Washington - "only" 6,740 km away, while San Frantsisko- 7950 km, though, that all his ammunition BDRM able to release a "queue" for 3.5 minutes. (14 sec. Between starts, both during the operation of the legendary "hippo-2" in 1991 - Reference 3). E., If the will of the Russian Federation suffered a nuclear attack from the US, 15-20 minutes American ICBMs (at v = 7 km / s). SSBN 31st Division who are on duty, it would be enough to shoot out in answer.
On the other hand, one of the potential aggressor may SSBN patrol (and, most likely, patrols) in the Barents and Norwegian Sea, in which some 500-1000 km from Gadzhiyevo (1.2-2.4 min. Flight SLBM). In this case, 50% of the marine component of the nuclear triad of the Armed Forces will be destroyed by a single warhead purely preventive (in the best case, having to spend no more than half the staff of ammunition). For complacency can certainly look for excuses in the absence of threat period (relying on SVR) and ready in case anything happens quickly out to sea (including medium repairs). "Karelia" and "Yekaterinburg," Hajiyev, 01.01-08.08.2015Yury Dolgoruky", Hajiyev 01.01-08.08.2015"Novomoskovsk" and "Verkhoturye" Hajiyev, 01.01-08.08.2015