posted on Jul, 9 2005 @ 01:02 AM
Does Russia still have a surface fleet? If they do how many do they have and how old are they?
Yes they do. A lot of decent stuff too, some sovremenny's and kirov class cruisers are not bad warships at all. A lot of the newer stuff in their
navy isnt that old but the navy has a lot of problems with some poor maintenance and obsolescence of older ships. Much of their submarine force is
useless, but there is some good stuff there (a typhoon class has gone through a major upgrade lately and i think it is or will be seaworthy again
soon, i was watching a Russian news report about it, some lcd screens and interior was all nice).
Russia no longer has that many subs, it doesn't matter how many they had, what matters is how many now
Russia has quite a few subs, but many of the subs that are officially seaworthy are probably not. Oscar II's, Akula's and the typhoon coming back
into service are notables. Kilo Class as well is a decent sub. Also, Russia is building the Lada class SSK a new gen of submarine and successor to the
Besides, Russia may have a good anti-ship missile, but that doesn't make up for the lack of aircraft carriers.
A carrier force was always a dream for the soviet navy though it was hard to attain. A lack of a decent warm water port and that carriers weren't
allowed to travel through the bosphorus straits severely hampered the soviets being able to build a credible carrier force. There were attempts to
bypass this with aircraft carrying cruisers though they were largely unsuccessful. The Admiral Kuznetsov (which recently became active again and there
are pictures of it carrying out carrier ops training) is the only carrier now in service with the Russian navy and it is a good vessel, though it
hasnt got anything on a nimitz. The Admiral Gorshkov aircraft-carrying cruiser is being refitted as a carrier for the Indian navy. The Varyag was sold
Wrong, China is the second largest military spender in the world. Russia is third.
True. Russian 'military' spending is split roughly down the middle between the military and the MVD (the MVD should be considered just a
paramilitary police force imo, controlling police forces and 'internal troop forces'). Most sites bunch these two together for Russia's military