Monday, May 8, 2017

A Look At The Navies of China And Russia

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Russian Navy

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Chinese Navy

James Mugg & Christopher Cowan, Real Clear Defense/The Strategist: Comparing the Navies of Russia and China

Most discussions of ‘near-peer’ conflicts in the modern context include some reference to both a ‘resurgent Russia’ and a ‘rising China’. We thought it’d be interesting to compare the navies of the two nations as a case study of broader trends in their defence modernisation efforts.

Similar analyses could be conducted for other military branches, but an abundance of open-source data on naval assets and the maritime nature of the Asia–Pacific theatre make navies a sensible place to start.

Figure 1 charts the age of the vessels currently in service with the Russian Navy, separated by category. The ‘large surface combatant’ category includes Russia’s sole aircraft carrier, the Admiral Kuznetsov, and the ‘missile submarine’ category includes both nuclear-armed SSBNs and conventionally-armed SSGNs. (We omitted three ‘special purpose’ submarines.)

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WNU Editor: Wow. The Chinese are clearly on a ship-building frenzy.


Ruben Acosta said...

It would be great to see an inverse chart showing how many ships decommissioned in those years.
Where's the US Navy chart? That would have rounded the article off very well.

Aizino Smith said...

Got to spend the inheritance tax on something