Under Putin, large amounts of funding has been put into the navy to upgrade old weapons systems. Russia is also selling upgraded weapons systems to foreign countries.
A new report by the Office of Naval Intelligence found disturbing news.
Quotes from the report
"In the next 10–15 years, the Russian Navy will continue its historic transition to a new 21st-century navy. A modest number of new class ships and submarines will enter the Navy by the turn of the decade. Continuing series construction and the start of several more sophisticated and complex new classes are projected for the next decade. The new construction will be accompanied by the maintenance and extension in service of the most capable Soviet legacy units. The new submarine and ship classes will incorporate the latest advances in militarily significant areas such as: weapons; sensors; command, control and communication capabilities; signature reduction; electronic countermeasures; and automation and habitability. More technologically advanced total ship systems requiring smaller crews will be complemented with personnel better trained and educated to exploit the full potential of their combat systems"
"It will also provide a flexible platform for Russia to demonstrate offensive capability, threaten neighbors, project power regionally, and advance President Putin’s stated goal of returning Russia to clear great power status.”
|Russian nuclear-powered cruiser Pyotr Veliky - REUTERS/Jorge Silva|