Last year we reported on an article in Press TV today highlighted Russian strategy to counter the U.S. missile defense shield.Russia plans to do this by upgrading and expanding its nuclear naval fleet. This is particularly relevant now in light of the Ukraine crisis brewing and old tensions brewing between the US and Russia.
The Russian media has referred to this as a new bid for their country’s “naval dominance.”
“Moscow’s aims are to establish the nuclear superiority of its naval fleet with sea-based nuclear attack capabilities. This is a direct reaction to the Pentagon’s global missile shield and the encirclement of Russia and its allies. Over fifty new warships and more than twenty new submarines will be added to the Russian fleet by 2020. About 40% of the new Russian submarines will have lethal nuclear strike capabilities. This process started after the Bush Jr. White House began taking steps to establish the US missile shield in Europe. Russia’s naval strategy cleverly is meant to counter the Pentagon’s global missile shield. Included in this process is the adoption of a pre-emptive nuclear strike policy by the Kremlin as a reaction to the aggressive pre-emptive post-Cold War nuclear strike doctrine of the Pentagon and NATO” (source: Russia fights US missile shield from sea http://presstv.com/detail/2012/10/30/269550/russia-fights-us-missile-shield-from-sea/ ).
“We have a sufficient potential of a sea-based nuclear force,” Putin said. “And by 2020, it will be considerably improved by eight Borei-class new-generation missile-carrying submarines.”
See also article: Bid for naval dominance: Russia significantly boosts nuclear fleet http://rt.com/news/russia-navy-nuclear-submarine-fleet-450/
See video: 2012 The Modern Russian Navy Современный ВМФ Россииhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RjviRnkFmQQ&feature=related