The Russian Navy has expanded its strategic capabilities by adding to the service, in the first quarter of this year, a nuclear submarine, three warships, two helicopters and dozens of Kalibr-type cruise missiles, according to the Russian Deputy Minister of Defense, Yuri Borisov
“The Navy received the nuclear submersible Tula from the 667BDRM Project, which was under repair, three warships and support ships, two helicopters and 46 Kalibr cruise missiles,” Borisov was quoted as saying by the Russian news agency on Wednesday. TAAS.
The Tula submarine, which entered service in 1987, belongs to the submersible class of the 667BDRM Project – known as the Dolphin class in Russian, Delta-IV is the classification of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) – and is capable of carrying 16 intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) Sineva. With a range of 11,000 kilometres, the aforementioned missiles are equipped with four individual guided warheads.
According to Borisov, the Russian Navy has also received in Murmansk, in the north of Russia, the logistics support vessel of Project 23120 Elbrus, built in the shipyards of the shipping company Severnaya Verf, in St. Petersburg, and awaits the delivery of another batch of Kalibr missiles.
The Kalibr are capable of carrying nuclear warheads and each can carry 500 kilos of explosives. According to Russian military sources, these rockets have a range of up to 2,600 kilometres.
On February 22, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that his country will continue to increase its military capacity after having managed to position itself among the main military powers and, in particular, will invest in the consolidation of strategic nuclear deterrent resources.
According to the Russian Defense, Moscow has modernized in 2017 more than half of its armament and military equipment, both in the Aerospace Force, the Navy and the Earth Forces, and in nuclear deterrence.
The re-equipment program of the Russian Navy was launched in 2011, but the Eurasian giant pursues this project with more push in recent years given the tensions it has with the West, particularly with the United States, over issues such as the Syrian crisis and Ukraine, which have put them on the verge of war.
Source: Hispan TV