Russian navy to add 10 new warships, subs in 2018

The Russian navy is adding 10 new warships and submarines to its Pacific Fleet — the country’s second-largest — in 2018.

“In 2018, the Pacific Fleet plans to receive about 10 advanced warships and support vessels… It is planned that after the Sovershenny corvette that arrived in Vladivostok this year, the Gromky and Gremyashchy advanced corvettes – which already have crews – will become part of the fleet’s surface force. One of these ships is being built in Komsomolsk-on-Amur, and the other, at St. Petersburg’s Northern Shipyards,” Pacific Fleet Spokesman Nikolay Voskresensky said.

The Sovershenny, Gromky and Gremyashchy are Project 20380 Steregushchy-class corvettes, the Russian Navy’s newest class of corvettes. Given their size (2,200 tons), NATO has classified the Steregushchy-class as frigates.

They can be armed with 3M-54 Kalibr supersonic cruise missiles available in land-attack, anti-ship, and anti-submarine variants. They are designed specifically to evade active air defenses and electronic countermeasures.

The missile can also be carried by Russia’s submarines.

Pacific Fleet is also planning to upgrade four Project 949A Oscar II-class nuclear-powered guided missile submarines (SSGN) with 3M-54 Kalibr cruise missiles. [source]

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Jon E. Dougherty is a political, foreign policy and national security analyst and reporter with nearly 30 years of experience in both fields. A U.S. Army veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom, he holds BA in Political Science from Ashford University and an MA in National Security Studies/Intelligence Analysis from American Military University.

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