Submarine-related news notes . . .
Russian press services have announced that the state commission on the Bulava has finished analyzing the results of the last two launches. The next test will be in the second half of December, and the exact date will depend on White Sea weather conditions.
It’s pretty, but not absolutely, certain that new Borey-class SSBN Yuriy Dolgorukiy will be the launch platform. The final decision on this will be made in the first ten days of December. One supposes another shot from Dmitriy Donskoy remains a remote possibility.
If the pending launch is a success, the next phase of testing will begin in May 2011.
Regarding fourth generation (proyekt 885, Yasen) SSN Severodvinsk, the boat is still fitting out, and the Navy expects it to join the fleet in 2011. Like Dolgorukiy, Severodvinsk was under construction for many years. ITAR-TASS said this morning 6 of these submarines are now planned.
Posted in Defense Industry, Naval Modernization, Navy, Strategic Forces Modernization
Tagged Borey, Bulava, Dmitriy Donskoy, Proyekt 885, Severodvinsk, SLBM, SSBN, SSN, Yasen, Yuriy Dolgorukiy
Picking up from President Medvedev’s admission that he has some ideas on the issue of naval bases abroad . . .
A source in military circles told ITAR-TASS today Russia is not conducting negotiations on new military bases abroad, but, if necessary, it’s prepared to return to this issue. The source says:
“There are also material-technical supply points for our Navy, and there’s talk about the fact that we’re continuing to resolve questions on their status, [but] we aren’t conducting new negotiations on the establishment of new bases.”
The source said, if necessary, Russia would establish new bases:
“But the main thing here is to arrange it so that they [new bases] would operate on a reliable legal basis.”
The source gave Cam Ranh as an example of a former naval base which could be used in the future as a material-technical supply point:
“A base is when a military contingent is located on a permanent basis, weapons are stockpiled, combat missions are set forth, but Russia even has a material-technical supply point in the Maldives.”
So they won’t actually be bases? It seems pretty obvious that, to be useful, they’d have to have a degree of permanence, and maintenance capabilities and personnel, and stockpiles of POL and spare parts.