Are there any strategic weapons on the Russian Black Sea Fleet?




The Russian Black Sea Fleet needs to return strategic Aviation. About this said Major General A. Otroshchenko, Head of Naval Aviation of the Black Sea fleet Russian Federation in an interview with the naval newspaper “Flag of the Motherland”. Giving an answer to the journalist’s question, the officer noted that in the Black Sea Fleet he would have expected to see such combat vehicles as TU-23M3 missile carriers. However, experts agree that the general’s statements look utopian.

According to General Oleksandr Otroshchenko, he primarily means strike combat aircraft, which have a large range of operations, precise and powerful weaponso that they can effectively use it, not only against ground forces, but also against ships of various classes, including aircraft carriers, without going into the defeat zones of enemy air defense systems, the chief of aviation of the Russian Black Sea Fleet told fleet journalists.

The Russian general made a clarification that the conversation is about Tu-22М3 airplanes that were previously based in Crimea. These vehicles were capable of delivering nuclear weapons. And also about the upgraded Su-24M. In his words, the upgraded Su-24M, as early as July of this year, can become part of the Black Sea Fleet. At the same time, Aleksandr Otroshchenko confessed that the Russian Black Sea Fleet is experiencing a serious shortage of experienced pilots, since almost all of them were released as part of army reform. In addition, the Russian Black Sea Fleet does not have a simulator for training pilots.

General draws castles in the air?


At the same time, various news agencies say that the Russian Black Sea Fleet has serious personnel problems in the matter of manning existing aircraft, which are currently based on the Crimean airfields in Kutch and Guards. And if new planes arrive, then there will simply be no one to fly them, say Russian officers.

Along with this, experts note the general groundlessness of the allegations about the likelihood of rapid retrofitting of fleet aviation, and even more so - the transfer of strategic combat vehicles to the Crimean peninsula. Sergei Kulik, who heads the Sevastopol analytical center “Nomos”, put forward two options for this issue, but both, in his words, make it impossible to place such equipment on Ukrainian territory. He thinks that this is either an initiative of the general, who dreams of simply commanding strategic aviation, or a special stuffing of information agreed on top to check the reaction of the Ukrainian authorities.

Sergei Kulik believes that the reaction of official Kiev should be unequivocal: any transfer of aircraft that will change the military-political situation in this region of Europe is impossible, since this will lead to a violation of Ukraine’s international obligations.

The expert also believes that Russia will not risk redeploying new aircraft to its bases in the Crimea, without the official “good” of Kiev, and such “good” is unlikely, especially with regard to strategic missile carriers.

Meanwhile, the press center of the Black Sea Fleet of Russia does not comment on the statement of General Alexander Otroshchenko, the head of the fleet aviation.
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  1. figwam 20 July 2011 23: 14 New
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    Give the carcasses to the Crimea! This is power.
  2. Superduck
    Superduck 21 July 2011 11: 16 New
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    Yes, Ukraine will never agree to base strategic forces on its territory because if Russia gets into a mess, then consider a guaranteed strike against them by forces of several hundred kilotons. And it’s foolish for Russia to keep such forces on foreign territory, while almost all air defense there is under the control of Ukraine in the same Kache, for example, a very efficient air defense regiment, exemplary in Ukraine. It’s better, as for me, to do this in the Stavropol Territory, it’s not the 29th moment, plus or minus 200 km is not a hook.
    1. alex_97597
      alex_97597 22 July 2011 00: 56 New
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      You think well. )))
    2. His
      His 22 July 2011 17: 47 New
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      It's all about politics. After all, Americans are holding their nuclear bombs in Europe
  3. svvaulsh
    svvaulsh 21 July 2011 12: 04 New
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    And since when has the TU-22M3 long-range bomber been equated with strategists? Either delusions of grandeur, or the complete incompetence of the general. And from a military point of view, it is more profitable to place such aircraft in the Kaliningrad region.
    1. Ivan35
      Ivan35 21 July 2011 20: 17 New
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      Yes, right - against Europe. And against Turkey, with our lagging behind in the fleet, these Tu now are just right. And do not need them in the Crimea - they will perfectly reach both the Turks themselves and their ships from the Russian territory in range
    2. favn 28 February 2012 09: 01 New
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      But has the Su-24M become a strategist?
  4. Sokerin
    Sokerin 21 July 2011 12: 05 New
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    Otroshchenko lagged behind the life of his fleet ...

    The official website of the Ministry of Defense has long listed the same naval missile-carrying aircraft (which, however, has not existed there for twenty years) ....

    “To accomplish its tasks, the Black Sea Fleet includes diesel submarines, surface ships for operations in the ocean and near sea zones, marine missile, anti-submarine and fighter aircraft, and parts of coastal troops.”

    http://structure.mil.ru/structure/forces/type/navy/black_sea/about.htm

    However:

    What is our defense minister, such a site

    http://www.proza.ru/2010/11/17/225
    1. Superduck
      Superduck 21 July 2011 12: 11 New
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      Yes, strategic aviation, diesel submarines, soon Zaporizhzhya will probably reach a higher level of combat readiness than Alrosa.
  5. CARTRIDGE
    CARTRIDGE 12 August 2011 16: 33 New
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    Mistake, not TU-23M3, but TU-22M3, well, as it was actually written further
  6. bubla5 6 October 2011 16: 56 New
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    it is possible and under Novorossiysk
  7. NickitaDembelnulsa
    NickitaDembelnulsa 10 December 2011 16: 08 New
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    Yes, it's time we generally base our bombers in Ukraine and Belarus, send a couple to Kaliningrad, Europe must be kept in awe so that it remembers who the boss is here from ancient times.
  8. bistrov. 21 January 2012 23: 49 New
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    Long-range supersonic bomber TU-22M3. The crew is 3 people. The maximum take-off weight is 94 tons. Maximum flight speed - 1640 km / h., Practical ceiling of 13500 m., Flight range 5500 km. Armament: 23mm gun NR-23. The bomb load is 12 tons, includes bombs from 250 to 9000 kg., Missile weapons - up to 3 missiles X-22 MA, designed to destroy large naval and radar-contrasting ground targets at a range of 140-500 km
    . The armament of the bomber is supplemented by X-15 short-range hypersonic aeroballistic missiles designed to destroy stationary ground targets or enemy radar.
  9. Stemfortn
    Stemfortn 28 January 2012 23: 00 New
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    At the beginning of the article, a typo:

    combat vehicles such as missile carriers TU-23M3. At the same time,

    Correct, thanks.