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Re: Russian Navy
Posted by DAVID ALCOCK on February 3, 2020, 1:17:50, in reply to "Russian Navy
is it not more to do with the COST /PROFIT involved in US weapons?
The Russian navy may have some improvements compared to the Cold War fleet, e.g. the introduction of cruise missiles and likely hypersonic missiles - but the fleet is compared to the Soviet times much smaller. The modernization programs are delayed and most larger ships are outdated, 1980s ships. Also their submarine force shrunk massively - and also there the new classes are delayed and rather limited in numbers. Most attack submarines are from the 1980s. There are some newer Diesel submarines, but again the newest design (Project 677, Lada) run in massive problems. The same is true for their land-based bomber fleet - much smaller, many outdated plans and slow modernization (and now small Su-34 replace the large Tu-22).
Not only Western navies have troubles with new designs. It took 12 (!) years to complete and commission the new Russian frigate Admiral Gorshkov (Project 22350).
The expense for the 155 mm ammunition of the Zumwalts raised enormously, when the numbers of ships and with them the number of rounds were cut down. It is obvious that the price per item raises, if less is ordered - but the same amount had to be spend for development.
Check the amount the US spends for armament compared to Russia and China. In 2018 the US spend 618 billion dollar compared to 250 (China, estimated) and 61 (Russia). This reflects also the quantitative sizes of the different fleets, the US Navy is much larger.
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