China’s rise, and her increasingly aggressive maritime focus gathers all the press these days. About the only other naval news of interest is the gutting of the Royal Navy. It’s easy to forget that there are other naval powers who retain a keen interest in the maneuver space of the sea.
Ecce: An interesting article in Novosti on the issues the Russian Navy faces modernizing their platforms to their mission requirements:
Russia has already made some sensible decisions on upgrading its fleet. Suffice it to mention the cautious approach to new heavy warships, the rapid construction of medium-class ships for the Russian Navy on the basis of worked-out export projects and the long-awaited unification of naval armaments.
It seems that the Navy’s leadership understands what needs to be done. Now it will have to decide how to do it. It should start by adjusting the defense order system so as to make pricing transparent and to guarantee strict quality control for supplied arms and equipment.
If they can figure out how to do that, I wonder if they’ll let us see their notes?