Russia seeks to dramatically improve its Pacific fleet as military tensions escalate in the Indo-Pacific.
“In accordance with our supply plans, in the coming years our command will be reinforced with new nuclear-powered submarines that will help to significantly strengthen the naval component of Russia’s nuclear strategic force,” said the Chief of Staff of the Pacific Fleet Submarine Force. Command Rear Admiral Arkady Navarsky said Wednesday, according to Russian state media company TASS. “We look forward to receiving four submarines, including two Borei-class and two Yasen-class. They are almost complete, with some already in performance testing.
Navarsky has confirmed that the Pacific Fleet will receive two enhanced Borei-A nuclear missile launchers (SSBNs) and two Yasennuclear-powered cruise missile submarines in the coming years. Navarsky did not name the specific submarine models planned for the Pacific Fleet. A die Boréi– SSBN class is confirmed to be Imperator Alexander III, currently under construction and should be delivered to the Pacific Fleet in 2022. The second Boréi submarine will be either Knyaz Oleg Where Generalissimo Suvorov, the other going to the Northern Fleet.
The next two Yasen-class submarines are Novosibirsk and Krasnoyarsk, which is scheduled for delivery at the end of 2021 and 2022 respectively. The fleet should receive a third Yasen-submarine class, Permed, by 2023. The Bor-is the new flagship strategic submarine line of the Russian Navy, intended to replace the aging Soviet era Delta and Typhoon Classes. Navarsky noted that the Pacific Fleet BoréiThe ships of the – class will be compatible with the new submarine-launched ballistic missile RSM-56 Bulava (SLBM), intended to replace the solid-fuel R-39 Rif SLBMs in the Russian nuclear triad. The Yasen-M-Cruise-class guided-missile submarines were introduced in the late 200s and intended to phase out Russian Navy attack submarines of the 1970s and 1980s inherited from the Soviet Navy.
Navarsky’s announcement comes amid yet another spike in military tensions in the Asia-Pacific region. Chinese authorities strongly condemned the new AUKUS security partnership between Washington, London and Canberra. Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi warned earlier this month that AUKUS “will undermine regional peace and stability”, asking British officials to “think twice” about the trilateral pact.
Moscow has taken a renewed interest in the Taiwanese debate in recent weeks. Russian President Vladimir Putin has urged his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping not to consider the preventive use of military force against the island.
“I think China doesn’t need to use force. China is a powerful and huge economy, and in terms of purchasing parity, China is currently the world’s largest economy ahead of the United States, ”Putin said earlier in October, according to CNBC. “By increasing this economic potential, China is able to implement its national goals. I don’t see any threat.
Mark Episkopos is a national security reporter for the National interest.