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The Admiral Kuznetsov Russian aircraft carrier in the Atlantic Ocean

The outlook for Russia’s navy

  • Russia is dedicating a huge amount of money for a naval buildup
  • Ostensibly, the aim is to make the Russian Navy a blue-water power
  • It cannot succeed in competing with the U.S. and China for force projection
  • It will, however, become even more effective at defending the homeland

Long derided as “more rust than ready,” the Russian Navy is attempting a comeback. The admiralty envisions a “blue-water navy” that is capable of force projection far from the home shores. Military industries delight in the flow of funds for naval construction and the Kremlin is integrating naval power into its foreign policy.

At a mid-May meeting with military and defense industry leaders in the Black Sea resort city of Sochi, Russian President Vladimir Putin praised the navy’s role in enforcing the country’s interests abroad and announced that naval assets would remain on station near Syria. “Our ships armed with Kalibr cruise missiles will be on a constant military watch,” he said.

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Professor Stefan Hedlund
The Black Sea Fleet has coped with the complex logistics involved in sustaining the Syrian air campaign
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What's inside
  • Russia is dedicating a huge amount of money for a naval buildup
  • Ostensibly, the aim is to make the Russian Navy a blue-water power
  • It cannot succeed in competing with the U.S. and China for force projection
  • It will, however, become even more effective at defending the homeland
Who will benefit?
  • Report is targeted to the decision makers in cross country manufacturing – suppliers, manufacturers, logistics.
  • Also considered useful for the administrative university facilities, to better understand the possibe effects of current decisions.
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