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Norway watches Putin nuclear subs. Norwegian security officials are closely following developments surrounding Russia’s Northern submarine Fleet build-up, they say. “We have witnessed a significant increase in Russian military activity in the Northern area, particularly when when compared to the extremely low levels of the 1990s,” writes Kathrine Raadim, political advisor at the Norwegian Ministry of Defence, in an email to The Foreigner. Prime Minister Vladimir Putin announced recently the Sevmash Yard in Severodvinsk, Northwestern Russia, has been awarded contracts to build new 885M Yasen and develop 955A Borei class strategic nuclear submarines.

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Norway watches Putin nuclear subs

Published on Friday, 18th November, 2011 at 14:53 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson and Lyndsey Smith      .
Last Updated on 19th November 2011 at 01:11.

Norwegian security officials are closely following developments surrounding Russia’s Northern submarine Fleet build-up, they say.

Yasen sub Severodvinsk (illus. ph.)
Yasen sub Severodvinsk (illus. ph.)
Photo: www.kremlin.ru./Wikimedia Commons


“We have witnessed a significant increase in Russian military activity in the Northern area, particularly when when compared to the extremely low levels of the 1990s,” writes Kathrine Raadim, political advisor at the Norwegian Ministry of Defence, in an email to The Foreigner.

Prime Minister Vladimir Putin announced recently the Sevmash Yard in Severodvinsk, Northwestern Russia, has been awarded contracts to build new 885M Yasen and develop 955A Borei class strategic nuclear submarines.

“I am confident that the implementation of this armaments programme, which is unprecedented in terms of its objectives and its allocated resources, will help us carry out a full-scale retrofitting of the Army and Navy, fundamentally renovate the Naval infrastructure, create strategic Naval nuclear forces comprising fourth-generation submarines, purchase modern surface ships and conduct upgrades and repairs of the existing equipment,” said PM Putin at the yard.

The deal, worth over 280 billion Roubles (approximately USD 9.2 billion), also includes developing a “light” version of a missile cruiser similar to the Northern Fleet’s “Peter the Great” battle cruiser, and upgrading the Delta-IV “Novomoskovsk” K-407 sub.

According to the Russian government, 4.7 trillion Roubles will be spent between 2011 and 2020 for “a comprehensive retrofitting of the Navy.”

The “Voronezh”, sister sub to “Kursk”, that sank in 2000, will also be put back into service following five years of repairs, reports The Barents Observer.

Kathrine Raadim tells The Foreigner, “These developments are due to the gradual increase in Russian defence budgets over the last decade, and also to the expressed political goal of signalling Russia’s status as a major power with significant military assets, as well as being in possession of a strategic nuclear capability matching that of the United States.”

“We feel that the increased activity levels should also be seen in the context of the gradual replacement of ageing military hardware (including strategic and attack submarines), and of the need to increase training in order to achieve an acceptable operational level for all services.”

Russia has also reported it will reinforce its troops in the Kola Penninsula close to the Norwegian border.

“It is our assessment that the increased level of Russian military activity is not directed primarily at Norway. We will, however, pursue our surveillance of the area and maintain the present level of military preparedness,” Ms Raadim concludes.




Published on Friday, 18th November, 2011 at 14:53 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson and Lyndsey Smith      .
Last updated on 19th November 2011 at 01:11.

This post has the following tags: russiannuclearsubmarines, northernfleetbuild-up, vladimirputinmilitaryspending, norwaysecurity.





  
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