Russia To Introduce New Raptor High-Speed Patrol Boats

Russia To Introduce New Raptor High-Speed Patrol Boats
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According to reports Russia will soon have the last two of eight new Raptor patrol boats at its disposal.Of the original order only two boats remain to be commissioned into service in the Russian Navy as part of a military modernization program. The Raptor patrol boats are built by the Pella factory in St. Petersburg, Russia, and will enter service following a final testing period, according to UPI.

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Short-range, high-speed Raptor boats to enter service

The Russian Ministry of Defense reports that the Raptor boats are intended for use on short-range missions within 100 miles of base. Each Raptor measures 17 meters in length and can reach a top speed of 50 knots.

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Raptors are designed to carry out transportation and rapid landing missions, in addition to patrol and protection of ships. The boats are capable of carrying as many as 20 troops and are armed with a 14.5 mm remote-controlled combat module and two 7.62 mm machine guns for protection.

The boats will be expected to patrol assigned sea areas, intercept and stop naval targets and undertake rescue missions. They can also protect ships and stationing points from sea, ground and air attacks.

According to the Ministry of Defense final technical and formal tests must still be undertaken, but the boats are expected to enter service with the Russian Navy by the end of November. The last boat was reportedly set afloat on November 14.

Russia continues to modernize armed forces

Russian President Vladimir Putin continues to make good on his promise to modernize the Russian armed forces, despite the fact that the country’s economy is suffering due to Western sanctions, a devalued ruble and depressed world oil prices. While there are some questions as to how he is finding the money, this article will focus on the technology currently being developed by Russia and what it means for relations between Russia and the West.

Some Western politicians love to deride the Russian armed forces as a technologically backward relic of the Cold War that would be easily defeated by the United States and its NATO allies if war broke out. A number of recent developments suggest that the technological gap may not be as wide as many would have us believe.

While the Western military-industrial complex continues to plow billions of dollars into programs which are later abandoned or declared unfit for purpose, a steady stream of new military technologies continue to emerge from Russia.  Seasprite helicopters, Zumwalt stealth destroyers and Crusader mobile artillery may never be fit for combat, whereas Russia is closing the technological gap with Armata tanks, new Sukhoi Su-34 warplanes and Yassen attack submarines.

Closing technological gap evident in development of fighter jets

One particularly illustrative area of comparison is the development of next-generation warplanes. While the U.S. struggles to keep the F-35 stealth strike fighter project afloat amid development issues and huge overspending, Russia is working on the Sukhoi T-50 PAK-FA stealth fighter.

In fact at this rate the PAK-FA could enter service before the F-35 it was designed to hunt down. It will be the first full-stealth Russian warplane and if it lives up to early promise it will cause a huge headache for Western air forces.

The PAK-FA looks set to offer great speed and range, the ability to carry large payloads and great maneuverability. At the same time the designers of the F-35 have had to sacrifice several of these functionalities in order to maintain a low profile.

Will Russia be able to afford this new technology?

As Russia continues to work on new missile systems and next generation radar systems that will further cut the technological gap, some analysts are pointing out that while developing impressive prototypes is worrying for the West there are doubts as to how many new weapons Russia will be able to afford. Given the ongoing economic difficulties facing the country, orders may have to be cut back.

Putin has already ordered 2,300 T-14 Armata battle tanks, to be delivered by 2020. Its makers estimate that each unit will cost around $3.7 million dollars, and that is one of the cheaper items on Putin’s shopping list.

Each Yassen submarine is estimated to cost around $1 billion, and previous reports claim that Russia has already cut back on the number of T-50 PAK-FA fighters due to costs. While the prototype technology look great, Russia will need to buy a considerable amount of new equipment if it is to truly upgrade its military capabilities.

Given the secrecy which surrounds military developments it is hard to know quite what effect the economic situation will have on the modernization of the Russian armed forces, but Western military analysts should certainly sit up and take note.

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  1. Thanks for the information. This is why I read the comments on these articles: some of the people actually know something about the issue and can expand on the article.
    I’m sick of the usual exchange of insults and ignorance between jingoistic boneheads that one all-too-often finds.

  2. How would I know? Blustery this time of year? The floppy fish can’t get off the deck. That was the main idea of what I said. That was a great AI but same point is that they don’t have the engines to make the 5th gen bird go.

  3. uuhh… actually, the Ukrainians sold the carrier they got from Russia to China as scrap metal. The Chinese have turned it into a world class carrier. Stupid Ukies, always going for the quick money. How’s the weather in Kiev?

  4. the US cannot launch long range cruise missiles from the vessels displacing under 1k tons. I think it’s 6 or 9k for the US ships. Never mind the range. And give the old Kuznetsov carrier a break!

  5. The development of power plants for the Russian fifth generation fighter is carried out in two stages. The first aircraft received the modified engines AL-41F1 (“Article 117”), developed on the basis of AL-41F1S for the Su-35S. All have built prototypes of flight of the T50 is already flying with the help of the AL-41F1. These engines will be installed on the T-50 to the mid-2020s.

    The engine of the second stage, presumably, be able to develop a thrust of 107 kN in cruise mode and 176 kN in afterburner mode. The power plant will be different from the AL-41F1 improved fuel efficiency and lower life cycle cost. “Article 30” be able to provide the T-50 supersonic cruising speed.

    Current engines AL-41F1 are able to develop a thrust of 86.3 kN and 147 kN to afterburner mode. The power plant is equipped with a plasma ignition system and the circular thrust vector control.

  6. That plane needs an engine that the Russians haven’t got to work yet. It’s still better than the “Flopping Fish” the Chicoms are trying to get off the deck of the aircraft carrier they bought second hand from Ukraine.

  7. Churchill said – “Generals always prepare for the post war”.
    I have a feeling that the US and its aircraft carriers and other monsters are preparing for war with the Soviet Union in 1990.
    And the purpose of Russia – this is not mutual destruction with the United States 14 times in succession,

    and inflicting unacceptable damage excluding war.

  8. “Will Russia be able to afford this new technology? What do you mean afford? Have you looked at America lately? Just in case, even if Russia goes broke, totally broke, its debt doesn’t compare to ours. Here how one source puts it: “Will Russia be able to afford this new technology?” And no, this article wasn’t published by a liberal media representative, it was written and published by a conservative magazine and if there is something that I know, is those guys loved to waste and spend if it’s to wage war. But to provide for safety nets for the poor, education, food and shelter for children, they are AWOL. To save fetuses from mothers’ abortions, which BTW is none of their business, they huff, puff and blow so hard, but to provide a decent life for those children once they are born, well, not so much. There is not one more penny.

    And how bad this gets? I’m glad you asked. ”

    Total military spending by the U.S. government is nearly equal to the combined military spending of the rest of the globe. Meanwhile, the federal government is literally drowning in debt.”
    That other super coward of Donald Rumsfeld talking about waste said that 2.3 trillion dollars were lost, disappeared from the DOD wit no questions asked. America is the most indebted nation in the world.
    Ergo, if Russia is not a hole more than America, why America can waste trillions of dollars for over bloated “wonder” weapons that look more like expensive toys than weapons.
    It’s always best to look introspectively before we criticize others with more rights to do whatever the hell they want.

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