Reference News Network reported on May 7 that the bimonthly website of National Interest published on May 4 entitled Russian Navy: No longer an aircraft carrier or a large cruiser? u300b According to the article, the Russian Navy is speeding up its transformation. More large vessels will be retired and replaced by smaller ones, which will reshape the Russian Navy and transform it from an important global force into a new regional maritime force.
Relying on large cruisers capable of ocean-going navigation, the Soviet Union had become a powerful maritime country. Now Russia hopes to regain its prestige through light frigates equipped with advanced long-range missiles.
To this end, the Russian government decided in April 2019 to dismantle rather than upgrade two large cold war Kirov cruisers. Similarly, Russia is considering scrapping its only carrier, the Kuznetsov, rather than paying for repairs and upgrades.
The picture shows a frigate equipped by the Russian navy.
The article points out that whatever the reason, the result is that Russian navy has very few new ships. Moreover, the warships it is purchasing are usually missile frigates with a drainage of less than 5,000 tons. In 2018, the Russian Navy purchased only four new warships, all frigates. Small as they are, they are equipped with long-range weapons. In recent years, frigates of Caspian fleets have launched caliber long-range cruise missiles against targets in Syria.
According to American media, however, quantity means everything. The Russian Navy lags behind the American Navy in any way. Although the U.S. Navy has only 333 warships, the tonnage of U.S. warships is generally larger than that of Russian warships. The total drainage of the US fleet reached 4.6 million tons. The Russian fleet has only 1.2 million tons.
Perhaps the most telling thing is that the U.S. fleet can carry about 12,000 offensive missiles, while the Russian fleet is equipped with no more than 3,300 such missiles. As more of the old large Russian navy ships are retired and replaced by smaller ones, that number may also decline.