Russian President Vladimir Putin has confirmed a major boost to the navy’s fleet, some armed with Kalibr cruise missiles. In a show of strength, amid heightened tensions with the West, 26 new vessels will be deployed.
The Russian Navy, purportedly, will receive 26 new warships and other vessels this year. “In total, the navy should get 26 new warships, motor boats and vessels in 2018 including four battleships with Kalibr cruise missiles,” Putin revealed.
The Kalibr cruise missiles, which have been used during Moscow’s military intervention in the Syrian conflict, fly at extremely low altitude and bypass terrain relief. The trajectory helps break through adversary air defense.
Putin paid tribute to those working in Russia’s shipbuilding sector, whose hard work had led to “a good pace of re-equipment and upgrading” of the navy. The Russian leader said eight new ships have already entered service, including four naval surface ships, a counter-terror boat and three logistics vessels.
Putin attended the Navy Day parade in St Petersburg with Admiral Vladimir Korolyov, Commander-in-Chief of the Russian Navy. Putin promised that the strengthening and upgrading of the Navy fleet would continue.
Meanwhile, Vice-Admiral Alexander Moiseyev, commander of Russia’s Black Sea fleet, said six new vessels including missile ships would be inducted by the end of the year. Putin reviewed a major annual naval display on the Neva River in St. Petersburg with 39 warships carrying out maneuvers. >