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The Russian Northern Fleet has started a training operation in the close vicinity of a Norwegian oil platform in the North Sea. The heavy military air activities have made StatoilHydro temporary halt helicopter traffic to and from the “Troll” platform
Originally posted by Daedalus3
Doesn't the Norwegian Air Force have decent F-16s?
I've seen loads of pics with these a/c intercepting Russian bombers etc.
didn't they intercept this much before it got so close to Troll?
The Kuznetsov Class heavy aircraft carrying cruiser, also known as Project 1143.5 or Orel Class, was constructed at Nikolayev South Shipyard on the Black Sea in the Ukraine. The Admiral Kuznetsov, was launched in 1985. A second-of-class vessel, the Varyag, was launched in 1988 but was never commissioned. Admiral Kuznetsov is the only aircraft carrier in the Russian Navy. The hull design is based on the earlier Admiral Gorshkov, launched in 1982, but it is larger with a full load displacement, 58,500t as compared to 40,400t. Admiral Gorshkov has not been operational since 1988 but, in January 2004, India signed an agreement to buy the vessel which is to be extensively refurbished with new propulsion systems, weapons and modernization of the deck for the new aircraft. The vessel is being sold for the price of the refit along with the purchase of 16 MiG-29K fighters and eight Ka-27 and Ka-31 naval helicopters for the carrier group. The vessel was formally handed over in March 2004. Gorshkov will be renamed INS Vikramaditya and will enter service with India in 2008.
The Admiral Kuznetsov supports strategic missile carrying submarines, surface ships and maritime missile-carrying aircraft of the Russian fleet.
Russia cannot be said to be blind to the role of aircraft carriers or the navy in modern warfare. In today's unpredictable world, even the mere appearance of a formidable ship featuring three service components sailing off a trouble spot is capable of producing a sobering effect on a potential aggressor.
It was therefore not surprising that in the middle of the year Adm. Vladimir Masorin, commander in chief of the Russian navy, announced plans to reform the country's naval forces and build a blue-water navy with the world's second-largest fleet of aircraft carriers.
Or rather, in the next 20 years, Russia aims to create six aircraft carrier strike groups, giving it the world's second-largest surface navy after the United States.
An aircraft carrier looks impressive but needs a strong escort. Current world practice, where the United States is the trend-setter, dictates their operation within strike groups.
MOSCOW. (Nikita Petrov for RIA Novosti) - The Russian Navy will become the world's second largest in 20 years' time, said its commander-in-chief, Admiral Vladimir Masorin, speaking ahead of Navy Day.
He said the navy's core would consist of the newest strategic nuclear-powered submarines and six squadrons of aircraft carriers.
For Russia's navy, this will be its third modernization program, said the admiral. The previous two, although giving it a boost, were never completed. Now, said the admiral, there is such a chance.
Recently approved, a rearmament program until 2015 for the first time in Soviet and Russian history puts the development of the navy on an equal footing with strategic nuclear forces. Out of 4.9 trillion rubles ($192.16 billion) allocated for military rearmament, 25% will go into building new ships.
"We are already building practically as many ships as we did in Soviet times," First Deputy Prime Minister Sergei Ivanov said during a visit to Severodvinsk. "The problem now is not lack of money, but how to optimize production so that the navy can get new ships three, not five, years after laying them down."
Originally posted by Zaphod58
Worldwide projections as well. The only other country with a rather ambitious carrier plan is China, but they have never built ANY kind of aircraft carrier in their history. They're in the process of making the ex-Varyag operational, and want to build indigenous carriers within a few years, but even they're not looking at 6 or more.
Originally posted by Jericho-X
They could easily crush a little country like Norway.