The Russian Navy is falling behind the United States Navy in combat power, according to the Russian defense press.
The combat capability of the Russian Navy was only 45 percent of the US Navy, according to an analysis conducted by Flot.com, a Russian Defense website. This is less than 47 percent in 2017 and 52 percent in 2014. This is less than 47 percent in 2017 and 52 percent in 2014.
Exactly how these metrics were calculated is not clear, but it seems that the United States is ahead in the ranking because it is building bigger ships than Russia. Theoretically, 2018 should have been a good year for the Russian Navy, which received seven ships, including the powerful frigate Admiral Gorshkov. “Compared to the almost-failed year of 2017, when the Russian Navy received two warships and an icebreaker, last year it was productive for national shipbuilding,”.
The problem is that, apart from Admiral Gorshkov, the other new vessels were smaller vessels, such as a corvette, a patrol boat and a gunboat. “One would expect the position of the Russian Navy in the ranking to be strengthened,” said Flot.com. “However, instead, the result was 2 percent less than last year. This is due to the fact that most of the new ships of the Russian Navy, with the exception of the fleet, belong to the class of small rockets and coastal vessels, which have a weight coefficient [statistic] of 1 unit.
Meanwhile, the US shipbuilding industry last year transferred two Arleigh Burke missile destroyers to the fleet (a [statistical] factor of 3) and a pair of multipurpose nuclear submarines of the Virginia class (a factor of 5 units) “. “However, instead, the result was 2 percent less than last year. This is due to the fact that most of the new ships of the Russian Navy, with the exception of the fleet, belong to the class of small rockets and coastal vessels, which have a weight coefficient [statistic] of 1 unit.
Flot.com does not expect things to improve. “Discussing the prospects of the Navy by 2019, you can hardly expect a change in the emerging trend: of the large orders that the fleet should receive, the second frigate project 22350 ‘Almirante Kasatonov’ (3 units) and the first submarine modernized multipurpose project 885M Kazan (5 articles). The rest will be corvettes, coastal warships and support ships. “
In contrast, “US shipbuilders annually deliver 2-3 destroyers of the ‘Arleigh Burke’ class and the same number of submarines of the ‘Virginia’ type. In addition, in 2019, the United States Navy had already commissioned the second destroyer of the Zumwalt Michael Monsour class (3 units). Let’s not forget the US shipbuilding program of the coastal zone of the LCS class, which has reached the rhythm of at least three orders in a year. “
What is really ironic here is the mirror image, where one side sees the reverse of what the other sees. During the Cold War, both the United States and the Soviet Union spent large sums of money to acquire more and better weapons with the unwavering belief that the other side was advancing in the “Missile Gap” and other marathons in the arms race.
Today, the United States Navy maintains that it lacks sufficient ships to carry out its missions, such as preparing for war with China or Russia. His admirers worry about new threats, such as Russian and Chinese anti-ship anti-ship missiles. But for Russia, whose navy can only envy the fleet of eleven giant US aircraft carriers, the enemy must appear powerful and well-financed.
The Navy of the United States sees its glass half empty. But for Russian observers, the US Navy Cup is running over.
Source: Israel Noticias