New Russian sea-Launched cruise Missiles Neutralize American Military power in the large Geopolitical Region from Warsaw to Kabul, from Rome to Baghdad.
President Barack Obama, speaking at the 69th Session of the UN General Assembly, Called Russia’s Actions the main Threat to the World , more serious than the international terrorism and Islamic fundamentalism. His attacks on the Russian Federation were neurotic and inadequate. What Disturbed the president of the Strongest Country in the World? One of the Reasons Could be the Deployment of New Russian sea-Launched cruise Missiles Putin Announced at A recent meeting in Novorossiysk, Neutralizing American power and Washington’s Military Superiority in the large Geopolitical Region from Warsaw to Kabul, from Rome to Baghdad. But first things first.On September 10 Russian news agencies reported urbi et orbi that President Putin is taking a personal lead of the Military-Industrial Commission, until then led by the government, ordering to prepare a new version of the Military Doctrine of Russia by December 2014. The President Proposed to Discuss in Detail Which Weapon Systems Should be developed in order to adequately Respond to New Threats. Putin named precision-guided munitions as one of the most promising directions for the development of the military industrial complex. That he Stressed A Breakthrough development of all Components of such Weapons is Necessary in coming years. In addition, the head of the State That said it is Necessary to create Unified Models of Weapons, Military and General Purpose equipment emphasizing That Russian Navy needs to Develop New ship designs with Comprehensive Armament, control and communication Systems. The head of the State Justified it by the Fact That Russia has to Respond to New Threats to ITS Security: the US Continues Building the missile defense system ignoring Russia Attempts to negotiate. Moreover, parts of this system are getting deployed in Europe and Alaska, next to our borders, he said.Also, the US is Developing the doctrine of preemptive global Strike, the president added. There are things That really Other US Concern, said Putin and hinted at some Other Unpleasant Surprises for Western Partners, Concluding sarcastically These Hints That are Important now to save Them from their hysteria later.
First, only a few people paid a due attention to these strange words about hysteria. Most of various analysts and political scientists, interpreters and commentators took Putin’s words as a mere figurative speech, usual political rhetoric designed to demonstrate to the West, led by Washington, our president’s determination to defend Russian national interests. Only a few experts took his words about the surprise and hysteria seriously. But while these few were wondering what surprises Uncle Vova prepared for theirs Uncle Sam, the situation began to clarify on its own.
On September 23, Putin arrived to Novorossiysk for a meeting on ports development. At the meeting, Admiral Vitko reported to him on the progress of building the Black Sea Fleet base in Novorossiysk. In particular the admiral said: submarines to be based in Novorossiysk have a long-range cruise missiles and the stealth of exit points here is on an order of magnitude better than in Sevastopol. When the president asked what kind of range these missiles have, the commander of the Black Sea Fleet said: more than a fifteen hundred kilometers. The pier area accommodates eight submarines, but for now we plan to have seven. At the end of 2016 the base will be completed.
All national TV channels showed this meeting, all news agencies of the country wrote about that.
So what? – An average reader might ask.
To understand the scale of this “surprise”, first it is necessary to say a few words about the submarines soon to be placed on Novorossiysk naval base. According to media reports the submarine comes from project 636.3, a deep modernization of the so-called Warszawianka.
Warszawianka is the third generation of large diesel-electric submarines of the Soviet Navy. The first generation of these submarines, Project 641 was called a “piece of iron”, the second, 641B, was called “rubber” for its rubber light body. In 1983 the third generation of these submarines, project 877, was completed, nicknamed Warszawianka for the intent to supply the submarines not only to the Soviet Navy, but also to the fleets of our allies in the Warsaw Pact. The present modernized version of this submarine is operated under the name: Project 636.
Originally Warszawianka was not equipped to carry any missiles. The development of cruise missiles adapted for launching from Warszawianka began only in 1983, when submarines of the project, 877 were already included in the combat forces of the Soviet Navy and the first demonstration of these cruise missiles took place a decade later in 1993. At first , Biryuza (SS-NX-27) cruise missile and then Caliber (3M-54 Klub) were designed for Warszawianka Project 877. The maximum range of these missiles is less than 300 kilometers according to open sources.
Since its inception Warszawianka project 877 has become the largest and most powerful non-nuclear submarine in the world, and later, the world’s only non-nuclear submarine equipped with missiles. The missiles that are included in its ammunition, are the first in our Navy models of cruise missiles launched from torpedo tubes of 533 mm diameter. Prior to that, only ballistic missiles were launched from such torpedo tubes: 81R, 83R, 84R and their modifications. They were used in nuclear warheads since the mid 70s, and in the missile-torpedo modification – from the mid-80s. Their range did not exceed 50 km.
And now the Black Sea Fleet commander reports to the President of Russia, that these submarines will be armed with cruise missiles that can hit targets at distances of more than a thousand miles away!
If all this is true (how could the admiral lie to the commander in chief) and Russian arm makers managed to stuff into a 533 millimeter torpedo tube a cruise missile with a range of 1,500 kilometers then this is truly a breakthrough, an outstanding achievement of national defense.
Moreover, that means a complete failure of the American military strategy and a qualitative change in the balance of power in favor of Russia. Now any warship of the Russian Navy, not only a submarine, but also a surface ship can become a carrier of strategic missiles. Why strategic? Because equipment of such extraordinary missiles with nuclear warheads is only a matter of time and Kremlin political will.
Surface ships require a separate explanation. If these new long-range missiles indeed do not exceed the dimensions of the Caliber missile system – in fact, Caliber is installed on Warszawianka – then they can be included in ammunition of any ship currently equipped with Caliber. The fact is that the Caliber is easy to install on any ship of the Russian Navy, from missile boats to cruisers. The only question is the number of missiles, which really depends on the ship tonnage. Until now it was believed that the performance characteristics of Caliber do not allow a use of these missiles against any ship or a ground target beyond the 300 km range.
Now, attention please, we have another surprise.
On September 29, 2014 the world media reported about the Caspian Summit, attended by heads of the five Caspian States: Russia, Iran, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan and Azerbaijan. The participants of the summit agreed on a political statement expressing for the first time a unanimous agreement on the future status of the Caspian Sea.
Vladimir Putin commented on the event: Most importantly we have agreed for the first time on a policy setting out the main principles of the five-sided cooperation in the Caspian Sea. The agreements reflect long-term interests of all parties. He also said that the cooperation between the five Caspian States will strengthen the security in the region. The five agreed that the presence of foreign armed forces in the region will not be acceptable.
With that, media reports about including nine missile corvettes Buyan-M from project 21631 in combat forces of the Russian Caspian Fleet become especially interesting. These nimble ships equipped with jet engines with the displacement of only 950 tons, can even be based on Volga river, if necessary. They are specifically designed as river-sea ships. But most importantly, in spite of their small size, they are also equipped with the Caliber missile system with eight missiles in the vertical launcher.
Missile Corvette Project 21631 Buyan-M
Three of such ships are already in service, and the rest will be in the combat fleet before 2018. Assuming they will be armed with conventional missiles with a range up to 300 km, it is not clear against whom Russia is going to use them in the Caspian Sea. One such missile can sink a destroyer, but none of the Caspian countries has ships of this class. Conventional missiles can only destroy ground targets on territories of Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan and Iran, which is absolutely unnecessary today.
But if we assume that Buyan-M will be equipped with the new long-range missiles, such as Novorossiysk Warszawianka, then everything at once falls in place.
The Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty signed by Moscow and Washington in the far 1987, still prohibits Russia from deploying land-based missiles with a range greater than 500 km. But this prohibition does not apply to surface ship based missiles. This means that nine Buyans armed with a new super weapon, will be able to destroy up to 72 targets at a range of over 1,500 km in one launch.
Given the size of the Caspian water area, which is now becoming a common pad for Buyan corvettes, it is easy to understand that they will cover the large region of Eurasia. And if you add the missiles that will be placed on Warszawianka in the Black Sea water area, together they will cover a huge space. Warsaw and Rome, Baghdad and Kabul, bases of the United States Sixth Mediterranean Fleet and its striking ship groups. Israel and the lion’s share of the Mediterranean southern coast will be under the reach of new Russian missiles.
All this comes together with the fact that the United States can not deploy any forces to counter this new unexpected “Russian threat” in Black or Caspian Sea. The Montreux Convention of 1936 prevents it in the Black Sea and the leaders of the Caspian States just announced that there will be zero tolerance for foreign military presence in the Caspian region.
Nothing more to say, Putin prepared a nice surprise for our “American partners”. The State Department and the Pentagon will have something to think about in a spare time.
PS one more thing: something tells me that it is not the last …