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Naval Technology
 
 

The Zeleny Dol Buyan-class corvette of project 21631 was tested in the Barents and White Seas. It sailed by internal waterways from the Baltic Sea to the Arctic to participate in Northern fleet manoeuvres and successfully fired cruise missiles. The exercise showed that small ships with Kalibr missiles can reinforce the northern direction. It is vital, as NATO is likely to deploy missile defense in Norway, the Izvestia daily writes.

In late August 2020, the Russian Defense Ministry signed a contract for the construction of close to ten project 20380 corvettes. They will be equipped with multifunctional Zaslon radars to detect air and sea targets at hundreds of kilometers. Experts said the radars will make the corvettes independently find and destroy the adversary without guidance from the air, the Izvestia daily writes.

According to the report by Ronald O’Rourke, a long-time naval analyst for the Congressional Research Service, the US Navy’s new Light Amphibious Warship (LAW) program envisions procuring a class of 28 to 30 new amphibious ships to support the Marine Corps, particularly in implementing a new Marine Corps operational concept called Expeditionary Advanced Base Operations (EABO).

The Northern fleet will hold a large-scale experimental exercise. It will engage the latest warships - the Vasily Bykov corvette of project 22160, the Odintsovo (22800), and the Zeleny Dol (21631). The former carries container arms for various missions. Experts believe the arms will be tested in northern seas while project 22800 and 21631 corvettes will fire missiles there, the Izvestia daily writes.

The concept of using high-energy and directed lasers for naval military applications is gathering pace among the world’s superpowers. If successfully developed and deployed, laser weapon systems might be regarded as a “game-changer” for defending Navy surface ships against enemy missiles and UAVs.

The concept of using high-energy and directed lasers for naval military applications is gathering pace among the world’s superpowers. If successfully developed and deployed, laser weapon systems might be regarded as a “game-changer” for defending Navy surface ships against enemy missiles and UAVs.

The concept of using high-energy and directed lasers for naval military applications is gathering pace among the world’s superpowers. If successfully developed and deployed, laser weapon systems might be regarded as a “game-changer” for defending Navy surface ships against enemy missiles and UAVs.

According to information published by the Sea Power Magazine website on August 12, 2020, the project for the construction of the first new Columbia ballistic missile will start for the Fiscal Year 2021. The Columbia (SSBN-826) class is a program to design and build a class of 12 new ballistic missile submarines (SSBNs) to replace the Navy’s current force of 14 agings Ohio-class SSBNs.

Naval frontline Su-24M bombers are being equipped with SVP-24 Gefest system which was tested by Russian aircraft in Syria. Su-24M of the 43rd naval air regiment in Crimea were the first to receive the system which allows unguided weapons to hit small targets. Experts believe the pilots will be able to interact with the Ground Forces, commandos and Airborne Forces, the Izvestia daily writes.

According to information released by the Russian Press Agency TASS on July 20, 2020, Russia’s Burevestnik scientific-and-research Institute (a subsidiary of Rostec’s concern Uralvagonzavod) has developed a marinized variant of the AU-220M 57 mm remotely operated weapon station (ROWS), Director General of Burevestnik Georgy Zakammenyh told TASS on July 20, 2020.

It has been recently reported that the Russian Defense Ministry began drafting the crew matrix for universal amphibious assault ships of project 23900. They are often called Russian Mistral. The construction of the landing ships is accompanied by the reform of marines. New units are formed in marine brigades and regiments and modern arms and hardware are supplied, the Independent Military Review writes.

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