Sino-Russian Cooperation Helps Advance China’s Naval Power

From left: The destroyers Shenyang and Taizhou that have arrived in Vladivostok together with five other Chinese warships for the second stage of the Naval Cooperation 2015 exercise


Russian military technology has considerably added to the development of the People’s Liberation Army Navy’s (PLAN) surface warfare capabilities – including long-range precision strikes, publication The Diplomat wrote.

Chinese naval vessels are becoming more capable of defending themselves against US air strikes and long-range missile attacks, according to a new report published by the Washington-based Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), The Diplomat reported.

The Russian-made and Russian-derived air defense technologies now allow PLAN surface warfare ships to get out from underneath the PLA’s land-based air-defense umbrella and to progressively operate further away from Chinese shores.

In addition, new Chinese/Russian-derived ASCM systems along with long-range sensors can now intimidate medium-sized naval US surface ships and even strike US military installations as far as Guam and Okinawa.

“While China has been increasingly manufacturing many of its own weapon systems domestically, real questions remain about the level of innovation in China’s defense industry. Often what is described as ‘innovative’ by the Chinese is actually a relatively incremental improvement on foreign (and in many cases Russian) technology,” the report published by CSIS explains.

Although China has shown growing independence from Russia in the development of cruise missiles, the most advanced ASCM missiles in the Chinese Navy’s arsenal are still Russian-made or Russian-derived.

Examples are the SS-N-22 Sunburn, the SS-N-27B Klub (Sizzler), the Kh-31 Krypton, the Kh-59MK Kingbolt, the YJ-12, and the YJ-18 as well as the CX-1. “Russian ASCMs also exhibit superior speed and penetrating capability when compared with their Chinese counterparts,” according to the study.According to CSIS, other Russian-made or Russian-derived surface surveillance/tracking, air surveillance, air defense, and fire control systems include the SA-N-7 Gadfly, the SA-N-12 Shtil (Grizzly), the SA-N-20 Fort, the HHQ-9, the HHQ-16, the Top Plate (Fregat MAE-3), the Front Dome (Orekh) and the Tomb Stone.

However, China is closing the gap with Russia in advanced radar technology. New radar systems, such as the Type 346 Dragon Eye installed on the Luyang I– and II–class destroyers, and the Type 382 phased-array radar system installed on the Jiangkai II frigate, are quite advanced in comparison with Russian radar systems.

While China is rapidly catching up with Russian military technology, there are still many areas where Beijing could benefit from future Sino-Russian technology cooperation, particularly in the field of anti-submarine warfare (ASW).

Iran to Float Brand New Destroyer – Navy Commander

Jamaran frigate of Iranian navy


Iran’s newest destroyer “Sahand” is 70 percent complete and is expected to be launched within the next few months, Navy Commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari said.

Sahand is the third destroyer produced as part of the Mowj (Wave) project, Sayyari told a gathering of Iranian veterans in Tehran, Iran’s Tasnim news agency reported on Sunday.Sahand’s predecessors, Jamaran and Damavand, are currently in service with the Navy and used for naval missions in international waters.

According to Sayyari, Sahand will be launched within the next couple of months, but the exact date could not be set because the vessel was still undergoing technical tests.

In regards to Iran’s new submarine Fateh (conqueror), the commander said it was incomplete, being tested and was slated to be unveiled before March 2016.

Tehran has repeatedly assured other nations that its military might poses no threat to other countries, saying that the Islamic Republic’s defense doctrine is entirely based on deterrence.

Russia, China to Hold Joint Naval Dill in Sea of Japan

Russian cities. Vladivostok


A squadron of seven Chinese warships is steaming towards Russia’s Far Eastern port of Vladivostok to participate in a week-long joint naval drill starting later this week.

The exercise, dubbed “Joint Sea 2015,” is one of the largest joint military maneuvers in the region. It will be held in the Peter the Great Bay and the Sea of Japan from August 20 through 28.Sailors, marines and naval air pilots of the two countries will be training together in combined operations in an amphibious assault exercise.

The Chinese task force coming to Vladivostok consists of seven warships, led by guided missile destroyer Shenyang, six shipborne helicopters, five warplanes, 21 amphibious vehicles and 200 Marines.

The Russian Pacific Fleet will be represented with up to 20 battleships and support vessels, two submarines, ten warplanes, nine amphibious vehicles and 200 Marines.

Korean sailors visited Vladivostok flagship of the Russian Pacific Fleet


The Delegation of the Republic of Korea Navy met the Russian Navy Day in Vladivostok and visited the flagship of the Pacific Fleet missile cruiser “Varyag”, the head of information support of the Pacific Fleet, Captain of the 1st Rank Roman Martov said Monday.
“Sailors of the South Korea, headed by the commander of the operational command of the Republic of Korea Navy Admiral Om Yong Song, visited the historical sites of the fleet, met with the commander of the Pacific Fleet and the audience began to water-sports festival, dedicated to the Day of the Navy,” Martov said.

Russian-Egyptian first joint naval drills will build trust — Navy chief

MOSCOW, June 8. /TASS/. The first joint naval exercises Bridge of Friendship-2015 in the Mediterranean Sea between Russia and Egypt will become an important step for increasing mutual understanding and enhancing confidence, Commander-in-Chief of the Russian Navy Admiral Viktor Chirkov said on Monday.

Chirkov has sent a telegram to the participants of the June 6-14 drills ahead of their active phase that is beginning in the coming days in the designated area of the Mediterranean Sea, Russian Navy spokesman Captain 1st Rank Igor Dygalo told TASS.

“This exercise will become an important practical step in the sphere of common efforts on strengthening measures of mutual understanding and trust between Russia’s Navy and the Navy of the Arab Republic of Egypt,” the telegram says.

According to the plan of the exercises, the warships of Russia’s and Egypt’s navies will practice tasks aimed at protecting the sea routes from different threats, the Russian Defence Ministry’s the press service said earlier.


First Ever Russian-Egyptian Naval Drills to Be Held in Mediterranean

The Russian Navy guided missile corvette Samum sets sail in the Bosphorus, on its way to the Mediterranean Sea, in Istanbul, Turkey May 14, 2015

The first Russian-Egyptian naval exercises will be held in the Mediterranean Sea from June 6 to June 14, the Russian Defense Ministry’s press service said Saturday.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The drills are aimed at strengthening military cooperation between the two countries’ navies to promote security and stability at sea, according to the statement.

“Russian-Egyptian naval exercises ‘Friendship Bridge 2015’ will be held in the designated area of the Mediterranean Sea from June 6 to June 14, 2015.”


As part of the exercises, Russian and Egyptian warships, working with air support, are expected to protect shipping lanes from various threats and conduct live fire tactical training.In May, Russian-Chinese first ever naval drills were also held in the Mediterranean. The crews involved completed a wide range of tasks – from maneuvering to anti-submarine and radio-electronic warfare. The active phase of the Naval Cooperation 2015 joint exercises between the Russian and Chinese Navies ended on May 21.


Russian Helicopters Designed for Mistral Ships to Find Use in Navy

Kamov Ka-52

According to general designer of Kamov helicopters, Russia’s Ka-52K (Hokum B) helicopters developed for use on the French-made Mistral-class helicopter carriers will be put to work in the Russian Navy.

Russia’s Kamov Ka-52K (Hokum B) helicopters developed for use on the French-made Mistral-class helicopter carriers will be put to work in the Russian Navy, despite a failure by Paris to honor the contract, the general designer of “Ka” helicopters said Monday.”This circumstance [contract on Mistral ships delivery] wittingly or unwittingly led to the fact that the Russian Navy obtained another special purpose helicopter, which will find its remarkable place,” Sergei Mikheev told RIA Novosti.

Mikheev added that the Navy did not mind re-purposing the helicopters, as they can be used on any Russian Navy vessel.

In 2011, Russia and France signed a $1.5-billion deal for two Mistral-class helicopter carriers. France refused to deliver the first vessel by the November 2014 deadline, citing Moscow’s alleged role in the escalation of the Ukrainian conflict.

In April, Paris stated it could return Moscow’s payment for the construction of the ships if the contract were terminated.

Russia has repeatedly stated that the cancellation of delivery of the Mistral ships would not affect its Navy.