Sergei Shoigu add visual "hornet's nest"
Russia will equip "our submarine force of long-range precision-guided weapons." This was announced yesterday, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu during a visit to Vilyuchinsk (Kamchatka), where the main part is based Submarine Force Pacific Fleet (PF) of Russia. According to the head of the military department, is "significantly increase the possibility of the use of submarines in the strategic deterrent." This statement was made, apparently, is no accident. In conditions of growing military threat from NATO, the deterioration of the situation in the Asia-Pacific region and the deployment of U.S. missile defense, Moscow intends to consolidate the marine component of its strategic nuclear forces.
References in NATO Russian submarine base on the Kamchatka Peninsula is called "Hornet's Nest". Speaking about the role of the database, Sergei Shoigu said: "Location-based nuclear submarines in Vilyuchinsk is unique. It allows them to free oceanic deployment zone, which in turn solves the problem posed in any situation. "
As stated by the acting commander of the submarine forces of the Pacific Fleet, Rear Admiral Victor Kochemazov, that the crews of submarines submarines stationed in Vilyuchinsk, the best in the Navy Russia. Thus, in the competition for primacy between the Navy missile submarine strategic purpose to destroy ground targets with the performance of firing ballistic missile submarine crew won the "St. George", commanded by Captain 1st Rank Sergey unfit.
The winner of the competition between the multi-purpose nuclear-powered vessel to search for and destroy enemy submarines with the practical implementation of firing a torpedo gun boat crew declared "Omsk" (commander — Captain 1st Rank Roman Velichenko).
Meanwhile, according to the statement by Sergei Shoigu, to the crews of submarines stationed in Vilyuchinsk, as well as to other connections of submarine naval forces are facing new challenges related to equipping the ships of long-range precision-guided weapons. According to experts, these weapons are likely to become cruise missiles (CD) "Movement" in the version with a range of up to 2.5 thousand kilometers. These missiles, experts say, has no equal in the world. They are able to destroy the underwater position of both ground and surface targets. According to open sources, the shooting of this type of missile from a submerged position has been successfully held in November 2012 in the White Sea. Then the media reported that the "Movement" will be equipped with multipurpose nuclear submarine of the 4th generation Project 885 (class "Ash"), and even strategic missile project 955 (class "Northwind"). On a possible missile equipment "Yury Dolgoruky" (project "Northwind") in addition to inter-continental ballistic missiles, "Bulava" long-range cruise missiles, said in January 2013, Navy Commander Admiral Viktor Chirkov. He did not say exactly what the CD will be set to "Boreas", but, according to the chief editor of the "Arms Export" Andrey Frolov, most likely it will be precisely "gauges". The expert believes that it is possible, "Movement" will equip some modern diesel boats, as well as all the multipurpose nuclear submarine of project 971, adopted by the navies of 80-90-ies of the last century. Now, some of them undergoing renovation and modernization at the shipyard in Vilyuchinsk. Visiting a company Shoigu drew attention to the fact that the repair of nuclear submarine of project 971 "brotherly" heavily delayed. And instructed to solve all problems, including the equipment modernized nuclear submarines with new long-range cruise missiles.
As told "Nezavisimaya Gazeta" captain Konstantin Sivkov, who has long headed the department at the Center for Military and Strategic Studies of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Russia, "Movement" — a precision weapon, his probable deviation from the target when firing a thousand miles not longer than two to ten meters. " He noted that the characteristics of the missile are very similar to the American cruise missiles "Tomahawk" sea-based. "Tomahawks" in 1999 with the U.S. ships were shot industrial facilities of the former Yugoslavia, they were also used in the war against Iraq, and now used in Afghanistan. The expert believes that the "Movement" were developed in the 80s of the last century. But are now considered modern. In his view, the fact that they have equipped submarine fleet — "it's very right direction." "Gauges" in case of need can be used against missile defense, aircraft carriers battle groups at sea, and other important goals. Warheads these CD can be both nuclear and conventionally armed. Nuclear weapon "Caliber" is equivalent to 10 atomic bombs dropped by the Americans on Hiroshima in August 1945.