Russian Navy gets go-ahead for design of new nuclear-powered destroyers
Work on new vessels set to begin next year
As the US Navy probes why so many of its destroyers are colliding in Asian waters, the Independent Barents Observer reports that Russia’s Navy has been given the go-ahead for the design of a new generation of nuclear-powered destroyers.
The Norway-based online website says the eight new Lider-class warships will be more heavily-armed than any other surface ship in the Russian Navy. They will also form the backbone of a new oceangoing surface fleet. Some are expected to serve with Russia’s Arctic-based Northern Fleet.
According to news agency RIA Novosti, each of the nuke destroyers will be armed with 200 anti-ship and anti-submarine missiles as well as the S-500 long-range anti-aircraft missile system. Preliminary work on the ships will start in 2018.