Does Russia have us outgunned? Part 5

Does Russia have us outgunned? Part 5

translation by Don Hank

Fighter-bomber “Sukhoy” Su-34

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The Su-34 is a bomber that the Russian Air Force has used, for example, in Syria.

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Departure of the first group of aerospace aircraft from the airbase Khmeimim to the points of permanent deployment in the territory of Russia

The aircraft is used primarily to destroy targets on the ground.

It carries a crew of two, and has a flight range of 4,500 km. The maximum air speed at sea level is1,400 km per hour. At an altitude of 11 thousand kilometers, the aircraft can accelerate to 1,900 km per hour. The maximum flight altitude is 17,000 m, and the maximum takeoff weight is 44.4 tonnes. [tonnes means metric tons—Don]

The aircraft’s armament consists of air-to-air missiles, guided missiles to destroy ground targets, medium-range missiles, guided and unguided bombs.

According to Jorgen Elving, a number of Su-34 planes are located in the Baltic region.

“The military unit there, according to available information, has 24 Su-34 planes. It is reported that by 2020, from 150 to 220 Su-34s will be supplied to the Russian air force and will replace the Su-24. Su-34s have been used in Syria,” says Jorgen Elving.

According to Jane’s Defense Weekly, Russia has at least eight Su-34 planes in Syria.

Below we will discuss one of the most modern landing assault ships in Russia.

Landing ships

Russia has several large landing ships of the 775 Minsk Class, ie, the Kaliningrad, the Korolev and the Alexander Shabalin.

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The large landing ship (LLS) Kaliningrad in the military harbor of Baltiysk

The ships are armed with 57 mm artillery guns, one 76.2 mm battery and several antiaircraft missile units, two of which are 30 mm caliber.

A battalion of marines with combat vehicles can be loaded on the ship.

“These ships are quite old, but at the moment we are working on one new landing ship, the Ivan Gren, is under development, is now being tested and will be put into service by the Russian Navy later this year.” Initially, six such ships were to be built, but now it has been decided to hold it at only two, “- said Jorgen Elving.

Next is a Soviet-era submarine, which will soon be replaced by more submarines.

Non-nuclear submarines of the “Kilo” class

The crew of the Soviet “Kilo” class subs consists of 57 sailors and officers. The sub has a surface speed of 10 knots and  subbmerged speed of 17 knots. On average, the submarine can dive to 240 meters. “Kilo” class subs can remain submerged for up to 45 days. Armament consists of six torpedo tubes, and up to 18 torpedoes or 24 mines can be taken on board.

Russia has two non-nuclear submarines of the Kilo class in the Baltic Sea – Vyborg and Dmitrov. The latter is currently docked, according to Jorgen Elving.

Now we come to the submarine used in the Barents Sea.

The “Borey” class – Russia’s new supersubs

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The “Borey” is a nuclear submarine intended to replace the famous submarine of the Akula design, the largest ever created. The “Borey” is much smaller than its predecessor, but it is more difficult to detect, and it is much more maneuverable. Submerged, this submarine can travel at a speed of 30 knots, while its surface speed is 15 knots. The Borey has an OK-650 nuclear reactor, the same type used in Soviet submarines since the early 1980s. It carries a crew of 107 sailors and officers, and can dive to about 450 meters.

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The submarine “Vladimir Monomakh” has arrived at its permanent base on Kamchatka

The sub, 170 meters in length, is equipped with ballistic missiles that can carry both tactical and strategic nuclear warheads. It is equipped with 12-meter missiles of the RSM-56 Bulava type. Reportedly, problems were encountered during the tests with the “Bulava.” For example, they exploded in the water when fired in the submerged position. The theoretical range of the missiles is 8,000 km, and the accuracy radius is 350 meters.

In addition, the “Borey” class is equipped with Vyuga (blizzard) missiles, which protect it from enemy submarines and surface ships. They can be loaded with a non-atomic explosive or carry small tactical nuclear warheads. In addition, the “Borey” has many smart torpedoes.

Since the submarine uses an atomic engine, its service time is unlimited, which theoretically means that the Borey can stay on the job for many years.

The Russian fleet ordered ten submarines of the Borey class. Three of these are currently in service.

Due to its size, the Borey is primarily adapted to work in the open sea and is not intended for the Baltic region, where it could run aground because of the relatively shallow depth.

Olle Ohlsén Pettersson

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