Ice shield: how the Russian Northern Fleet strengthened its combat power

 Ice shield: how the Russian Northern Fleet strengthened its combat power

On May 31, Dmitry borgenkovs article ice shield: how the Northern Fleet of Russia strengthens its combat power was published on the website of Russian news. The relevant contents are compiled as follows:

The Baltic Sea, the Black Sea and the Mediterranean are considered to be the focus of Russias confrontation with NATO. Almost every week, news came that NATO warships and warplanes were close to Russia.

But NATO forces are also aggressive in the north. For example, a NATO fleet of us destroyers and British frigates sailed into the Barents Sea in May. A few days after that maritime demonstration, NATO air forces held exercises in Swedish and Norwegian airspace.

In the background of the increasing activity of the Black Sea fleet and the Baltic Fleet, the Northern Fleet is slightly low-key. Nevertheless, it is undergoing qualitative changes.

The Northern Fleet is faced with the following main tasks: launching a nuclear attack on the territory of the aggressor country; carrying out sea air and underwater operations in the vast waters of the Atlantic Ocean and other oceans; carrying out Arctic operations; and safeguarding the air defense of the northern border of Russia. What tools does it have to do these things?

Photo: surface warships and submarines of Russian Northern Fleet sail together. (official website of Russian Ministry of Defense)

Photo: Russian Navys north wind god class strategic nuclear submarine. (official website of Russian Ministry of Defense)

Increase of underwater submarines

The 31st submarine unit has six 667bdrm and two 955 and 955A series strategic missile nuclear submarines.

667bdrm (NATO Code: Delta IV, this network note) familys verhotulier, Yekaterinburg, Tula, Bryansk, Karelia and new moskovsk are in good condition. They will be on duty at least until 2030 after receiving regular technical maintenance and transformation.

In 2013, the latest 955 (NATO Code: the God of the north wind - this network note) Yuri dorgoruki submarine joined the Northern Fleet. On May 28 this year, its sister ship, the 955A (improved north wind god) Vladimir Dagong, joined in. In the future, the underwater nuclear missile power of the Northern Fleet will only continue to increase. In order to protect submarine patrol area, Russian army is developing harmonious underwater reconnaissance system.

There are also 949A cruise missile nuclear submarines in the submarine force of the Northern Fleet, which will be replaced by 885 and 885M ash tree attack type submarines. The 885 first ship, North devonsk, joined the fleet in 2014. This year, Kazan will join in, followed by four more. By the end of this decade, the five ash tree nuclear submarines will become the main force of submarine forces.

The 971 and 945 attack submarines will help the ash tree. Two of the 971 attack submarines are undergoing renovation projects, while others are undergoing maintenance, such as the boar, which will return to the fleet this year.

Two nuclear submarines with unique titanium alloy shells, the Pskov and Nizhny Novgorod, also belong to the Northern Fleet. Two 671 RTM attack type nuclear submarines, the Obninsk and the Tambov, will continue to carry out operational tasks.

Photo: Russian navy Peter the great nuclear powered Battlecruiser. (Russian Navy official website)

Warship upgrading

The main force on the surface of Russias Northern Fleet is still the 43rd missile ship headquarters and the 14th anti submarine detachment of the Russian navy.

The 43rd missile fleet has reason to be called the general fleet. Under its jurisdiction are the conventional power carrier of admiral Kuznetsov, the nuclear power cruiser of admiral nasimov, the missile cruiser of admiral ustynov, the destroyer of admiral Ushakov and the frigate of admiral Gorshkov.

The maintenance of admiral Kuznetsov has been delayed several times due to accidents. According to the original plan, the upgraded aircraft carrier will return to the fleet in 2022. It is the only aircraft carrier of Russian Navy at present and will not be replaced soon. It is very important for Russian navy to retain and develop carrier aircraft. The Northern Fleet has two carrier based aircraft regiments and one carrier based helicopter regiment.

The nuclear powered cruiser admiral nasimov will return to the Northern Fleet in 2022 and become a real missile arsenal ship. It can carry 80 caliber cruise missiles or zircon hypersonic missiles. Later, Peter the great will complete a similar refit.

The 22350 frigate is gradually becoming the main force on the surface. In 2019, the first ship, Admiral Gorshkov, completed the global voyage. This year, its counterpart, Admiral kasatonov, will complete tests. On May 22, the series 3, Admiral glovko, was launched at the northern shipyard and is scheduled to join the fleet in 2022.

Photo: Russian mig-31k fighter with dagger hypersonic missile. (official website of Russian Ministry of Defense)

Missile forces welcome the new

Russias Northern Fleet also has a coast defense missile Brigade - including four rimburg supersonic anti-ship missile battalions and one ball anti-ship missile battalions. The coast defense missile system deployed in the Kola Peninsula can not only monitor the sea targets of the Norwegian Sea and the North Atlantic, but also the NATO facilities deployed in northern Norway.

The MiG-31 air force will soon be set up, and one of its squadrons is expected to be equipped with the dagger hypersonic missile system. The famous naval missile and air force of the Northern Fleet will be reborn with a new look.

If the Northern Fleet now has only two calibre cruise missile system vehicles, it will increase to at least six in two or three years. In addition to caliber missiles, the Northern Fleet will also be equipped with hypersonic zircon cruise missiles. Both systems can be launched using the same launcher.

The increased strength of land, sea and air missiles enables the Northern Fleet to target the entire north wing of NATO with a variety of long-range weapons, including key facilities such as kavlavik air base in Iceland, Bode air base in Norway, US anti missile radar stations in Britain and Greenland, Royal Clyde naval base in which the British navy nuclear forces are stationed. In addition, the east coast of the United States is also within the range of caliber, zircon missiles and long-range weapons of the Northern Fleet.

In 2014, Russias Northern Fleet was reorganized into a joint strategic command, essentially becoming the fifth military region. The new status brings new tasks, including the protection of the Arctic coastal areas, the northern waterway and Russian airspace.

The updated Russian Northern Fleet can successfully carry out missions in all oceans of the world. It is Russias reliable nuclear missile shield and sword.

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