Reality is that thry don't want to spend on the navy. Like the Moskva and other successfull anti ship missile hits showed, surface ship are targets.
You can't defend sea lines of communication with submarines... the navy has been the most neglected branch of their military and the Moskva, while large and impressive was totally obsolete... like a fighter aircraft or tank from the 1980s... there is still no evidence of any missile being involved.
What the Moskva was doing could have been done by a brand new Destroyer because its radar and systems even if made right now would be far superior to the systems on the Moskva were. It would have S-350 and S-400 based SAMs which can destroy low flying missiles out to enormous distances and would likely also see drones at extended ranges too and it would have a wide variety of missiles to deal with such targets.
In comparison Moskva only had 30mm gatlings and OSA missiles to defend against sea skimmers... which means they were still better defended than British ships in the Falklands period.
New Destroyers would have the endurance and capacity to defend Russian interests around the globe which will be something they will need moving forward.
The fact that they keep old cruisers and their aircraft carrier in service suggests that new models of such vessels are on the cards too... but not this year.
I suspect destroyers will become a greater priority and when the upgraded Gorshkovs have been tested they will put either them or the existing model into serial production.
The modular design and unified design (one frigate type instead of different ones for different jobs like with their destroyers the Sov and Udaloy) should make serial production quite fast.
What they need is submarines and a powerful air force as well as long range missiles and satelittes.
They already have those... they just need to get their Su-57s into service and either MiG-35s or their replacement or the Su-75 into service to get some numbers available for use... and of course new satellites will help as well, and the new long range missiles will make the current missiles look a bit tame.
If true there must be a possibility that the (surprise?) attack on the Moskva could have been in response to this event.
Unlikely... not the sort of thing you do on the spur of the moment.
If it hits a mine or has a fire or other problem then you claim it was for this or that purpose but of course you don't release any footage because you don't have any.
If it is useful to station warships at Sea (for example , to make use of Radar , for higher resolution images ) where they can be possibly hit with Sea- skimming missiles , then an easy way to protect ships , is to erect a steel plate on Barges around ship , at least as high as Hull of the ship . This barrier can be stationed near enough to ship , so that skimmers can not dive down quickly enough , after climbing this fence ! Alternatively station old ships , filled with expanded foam blocks , so they do not sink , if hit , around fighting ships . Can be done now . Same Barges or ships , can hang down steel net chain , under it , to stop Torpedo !
It was an old ship... what they should have done was assign a new corvette with it that is equipped with Redut, but of course that would not have helped if they hit a mine or had an accident... for all we know they might have had a more modern ship there supporting it anyway.
Some anti ship missiles approach at very low altitude and the last 250m they climb and then dive down on the target... Uran could certainly do that too.
As for the frigates, I do not agree at all, because the speed of their construction is still worryingly slow.
They built a small batch and tested them and what they decided to do was upgrade the design and enlarge the ship slightly and change its armament which is what they have done... it makes no sense to put the first ship into serial production until you have tested the modified improved model to make sure it is better and if it is better then that is the one you should be serially producing in volume.
China has no experience patroling outside its water even if it has 40 destroyers and helicopter carriers and 2 aircraft carriers.
Nothing they can aid russian navy with.
Would be interesting them training together though, I suspect China will learn a lot regarding submarine warfare and the extra ships in the hands of a neighbour and ally is a good thing... they have always been fast learners.
Bases are the way of the Empire to keep the minions under its thumb.
When other countries stop accepting US dollars it stops working though...
Su-34 launching Kh-29 missile
A 317kg HE shaped charge warhead designed to undermine the foundations of heavy structures... and also blow stuff up... excellent image.
Great Britain refused to exchange two captured mercenaries for Viktor Medvedchuk.
This position was voiced by the former chairman of the Conservative Party and Minister for Northern Ireland, Brandon Luce.
"The British should not have gone to Ukraine at all, it is illegal," the politician said.
The UK has previously warned its own about criminal liability for sending to fight in Ukraine.
On the eve of the mercenaries Sean Pinner and Aiden Aslin, who surrendered in Mariupol, appealed to Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
Both asked to exchange themselves for the Ukrainian politician Medvedchuk.
Excellent.... trading two criminals and likely murderers for a politician illegally imprisoned didn't sit right with me.
She didn't sink as a result of some battle or horrible accident or unforseen circumstances, she was blown out of the water by bunch of Ukrainian apes using nothing but couple of oversized RC toy planes and some knockoff subsonic missiles
That is the claim the nazis are making...
Retrieve the bodies and blast that accursed thing to pieces
Memory of humiliation will remain forever but at least physical testament to it will be gone
Retrieve the bodies, but after a few days in the water they wont be pretty.... but then use the experience to hit the planners and supporters of any potential attack like they are suggesting happened... whether it did or not.
The funny thing is that if it was an American ship that was sunk or damaged it would be the civilians that suffered from heavier attacks in civilian areas, but Russia can instead hit military targets to make them pay more dearly instead... which is a good thing.
The original VSU plan was to go into Voronezh and NovoCherkassk , and go into the cities , to encircle LDNR
That's what provoked phase 1
The strikes on Belgorod and Taganrog are no coincidence
The VSU had planned to launch an offensive, but the pre emptive feint towards Kiev, stifled the decision making of Zelensky and NATO generals
The hesitation bogged down their forces in Donetsk
Now Russia has the initiative to wipe out this agglomeration of Nazi forces
Once they're gone, nothing is between the rest of Ukraine and denazification
So Putin is still an idiot and a war criminal but the tactics of his military is starting to make sense?
Basurin first said this morning that reports of civilian presence were untrue, then the Russian MOD contradicted him by announcing a time frame window for civilians to leave.
Maybe the civilian corridor is to allow soldiers to surrender and dress as civilians instead of as soldiers who might get shot for desertion or surrendering...
[qutoe]Javelins have a range of 3km. Meaning at any given time Russian troops will have to secure a 18km circle around the tank.[/quote]
No, that would be a 3km radius circle which would be 6km across... it is still a large area. But Javelins effectiveness has not been impressive.... it can be fired in a fire and forget mode but once launched it might target a burned out vehicle on the side of the road just as easily as an operational vehicle.
The best strategy that Russian troops can adopt right now of suppressing ATGM ambushes from a Javelin (especially since their front of choice is wide open so the sight range of 3 km is realistic) is overwhelming sustained artillery bombardment combined with a simultaneous armor and mobile infantry push.
Not really. The best defence would be to keep to tree lines and near buildings and shoot anyone who launches a missile at you because without a lock it is a command to line of sight missile that is rather slow.
Martial law on the territory of Ukraine was introduced on February 24. On March 15, the Rada extended its validity from March 26 for another 30 days.
Perhaps that meeting could be interrupted with a few missiles...