Russia began to build two Yasen-M submarines with hypersonic weapons

MOSCOW, (BM) – Two nuclear submarines of project 885M Yasen-M, laid down on Monday at Sevmash, will be named Voronezh and Vladivostok. This was announced by Russian President Vladimir Putin during the laying ceremony, learned

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“The nuclear submarines are named after the cities of military glory – Voronezh and Vladivostok,” Putin said. The submarines will receive hypersonic weapons, said Mikhail Budnichenko, general director of the Sevmash enterprise, where the submarines are built.

“Today we are laying down ships with hypersonic weapons, which are the future of the Russian submarine fleet,” Budnichenko said.

The contract for the construction of project 885M Yasen-M multipurpose nuclear submarines was signed in the summer of 2019 during the Army-2019 International Military-Technical Forum.

The lead nuclear submarine cruiser of the basic project 885 Severodvinsk became part of the Northern Fleet in 2014. The head submarine of the modernized project 885M Kazan is planned for transfer to the fleet in 2020.

Currently, five 885M project submarines are at various stages of construction at Sevmash. The main weapons of Project 885 / 885M submarines are the Kalibr-PL and / or Onyx cruise missiles, as well as the Zircon hypersonic missiles.

What else did Vladimir Putin say?

The construction of a series of universal landing ships – helicopter carriers in Russia will continue after the tests of the first two, Russian President Vladimir Putin also said.

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“We need, in such an updated form, these are the first ships. We have a test program, and a program of even additional design work, studying how they will behave. Therefore, yes, we plan to do this, but based on the results of practical use” Putin said, answering the worker’s corresponding question.

“About 60 of our ships and support vessels are now located in key regions of the oceans. Almost half of them are in the far sea zone,” Putin said at the ceremony of laying ships in Kerch.

He added that such cruises have been carried out by Russian ships on an ongoing basis lately.

The navy has always reliably defended the borders of Russia, and today it plays an extremely important role in ensuring the security of Russia, firmly guards national interests, and helps maintain strategic balance and stability in the world, Putin stressed.

Russia is using a submarine with supersonic missiles in Syria

As we reported on June 24 this year, a heavily-armed Russian submarine was monitored, transiting the Bosphorus Strait for the eastern Mediterranean.

According to maritime observer Yoruk Isik, the Russian Navy’s Black Sea Fleet 4th Independent Submarine Brigade’s Project 636.3Kilo+ class submarine Rostov-na-Donu Б237 has entered Mediterranean waters, armed with Kalibr cruise missiles.

While the destination for the Russian submarine is still unknown, it is likely to deploy to the coast of either Syria or Libya. Typically, when these heavily-armed submarines head to Syria, they often carry out attacks against enemy forces.

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With reports of the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) gearing up for a new offensive in the Idlib Governorate, it would make sense for the Russian Navy to prepare its cruise missiles for combat support to the SAA.

Over the last month, the Russian Ministry of Defense’s cargo ships have been observed heading to Syria to deliver military equipment like armored vehicles.

While there is supposed to be a ceasefire in northwestern Syria, last night’s missile attack by the jihadist rebels on the Hmeimim Airbase will only push the Russian Armed Forces closer to a big military campaign in the Idlib Governorate.

Missing Russian submarine in the English Channel

As we reported yesterday [July 19 – ed.] the alliance lost the Russian submarine Krasnodar off the coast of England in the English Channel. Recently, Western media often write about the “threat of Russian submarines”, which have become noticeably more often patrolling the North Atlantic.

“Krasnodar” has already appeared in the English Channel, but was not alone then. Now the location of the NATO submarine is unknown.

The British military missed a Russian Varshavyanka-class submarine in the English Channel. According to Forbes magazine, the location of the Krasnodar submarine is unknown. “The Russian submarine was heading towards St. Petersburg,” the message says.

The submarine entered the English Channel and reached the westernmost point of Great Britain – Cape Lands End in Cornwall. Since then, the sub’s coordinates are unclear.

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“Krasnodar” already crossed the English Channel in May 2017, then the submarine was accompanied by ships of the British Royal Navy. The year before, Krasnodar collided with a foreign civilian vessel in 2016 during an exercise in the Baltic Sea, after which it had to be repaired.

The bailiffs charged more than 17 million rubles from the ex-commander of the submarine division, captain I rank Igor Martemyanov and the commander of the submarine Krasnodar, captain II rank Denis Sopin. for the accident.

The Kommersant newspaper then specified that the bailiffs were trying to collect 5 million rubles from Martemyanov, while Sopin had only 21.7 thousand rubles left to pay to the bailiffs. – the cost of legal costs in the lawsuit of the Ministry of Defense.

In addition, Krasnodar took part in the marine phase of the Russian military campaign in Syria. From the underwater position, the submarine launched cruise missiles at terrorist targets.

Domestic submarines are attracting the attention of the Western military and the media more and more often. In early July, The Wall Street Journal reported, citing NATO officials and military analysts, that at least 10 Russian submarines participated in military exercises in the North Atlantic Ocean at the end of 2019.

Russia is increasingly sending its submarines to areas where they “could threaten NATO ships,” said Vice Admiral Keith Blount, head of the NATO Joint Naval Command. He also noted that the campaigns of Russian submarines are becoming longer and longer.

At the same time, the WSJ quoted the commander of the Northern Fleet, Vice Admiral Alexander Moiseev. He said in early spring that the Russian Navy is expanding the geography of combat duty.

“Last year, our multi-purpose submarines worked out a number of tasks with deep-sea diving in various areas of the neutral waters of the Norwegian Sea. Submariners of the Northern Fleet <…> successfully operated in the Atlantic and the Arctic Ocean,” said Moiseev.

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Passages of Russian warships and submarines across the English Channel regularly attract the attention of the British Royal Nevi. In June, the United Kingdom Navy tracked the passage of the Russian Vice-Admiral Kulakov large anti-submarine ship through the strait.

He was accompanied by the frigate HMS Westminster and the patrol ship HMS Tyne, the report said. It is emphasized that the British Navy monitors the passage of ships through the British zone of interest on an ongoing basis. At the same time, the message of the British command notes the “safe and professional” actions of the Russian ship.

In December last year, the British HMS Tyne was urgently called into the English Channel, through which the Russian training ship Perekop was passing.

A year earlier, in the summer of 2019, the British Royal Navy patrol ship “Fort” escorted the Russian corvette “Vasily Bykov”, which passed through the English Channel. The Englishman set sail from Liverpool on June 23, and on the 24th he sailed off the west coast of France, where he met with the Russian corvette.

In March of the same year, the British destroyer HMS Defender monitored the movements of the Russian frigate Admiral of the Fleet of the Soviet Union Gorshkov. Together with three more Russian vessels, the frigate entered the English Channel earlier this month.

The detachment practiced anti-sabotage and air defense missions in Morey Firth off the northern coast of Scotland.

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