I know that, but I somehow missed, that pre-series examples were ever built. Usually few pre-series examples are build before serial production to see if any modifications are needed. It would not be the first time a lapsus of journalist.Series example. It says it in the article.
I have read the Russian Su-35S Flankers new 117C engine has a Thrust of 14.5 T compared to the export Su-35 which has thrust of 14T for the same engine.
This is one of the serials, which were manufactured at end of 2010, they were shown earlier:
Caspian Flotilla 2020 will receive 16 new warships - the commander in chief of the Russian Navy
Caspian Flotilla 2020, will receive 16 new warships said the commander in chief of the Russian Navy Vladimir Vysotsky.
In the future, on the Caspian Sea will form the new coastal missile units and air groups at the expense of Command South, said at a meeting of Vysotsky Maritime Collegium of the Russian government.
"Caspian Flotilla will receive by 2020 at least 16 units only at the ship's structure" - said the commander in chief. In particular, this year its membership enlarged with two new missile boats - Tatarstan and Volgodonsk, and three landing ships.
Navy plans to increase the length of the berths in Makhachkala, which will have a fleet of two compounds, based in Astrakhan and Makhachkala, said Vysotsky.
Russia to strengthen its Caspian Sea fleet
Russia’s Caspian Sea fleet will get 16 new warships by 2020, the Russian Navy Commander Vladimir Vysotsky has said. It is also planned to deploy coastal missile systems in the area.
Speaking at a session of the Russian government's Maritime Board on Wednesday, Vysotsky said that the military flotilla based on the Caspian Sea will be provided with “at least 16” new ships by 2020, reports Interfax.
In this year alone, the unit will receive the missile carrying boats “Tatarstan” and “Volgodonsk”, as well as three assault ships.
It is also planned to extend piers at the port of Dagestan’s capital, Makhachkala. This way the fleet will be made up of two units: one based in Makhachkala and the other one in Astrakhan – a port city on the Volga River delta.
In addition, the Russian Navy is to deploy new coastal missile units and aviation groups in this strategically-important and oil-rich region of the country.
Vysotsky added that the Caspian Flotilla has so far been working successfully to provide the security of Russian companies operating in the area and will continue doing so in the future.
The Caspian Sea is extremely rich in natural resources. According to estimates, about 18 billion tonnes of hydrocarbons are contained in its seabed, which is comparable with the deposits in the Persian Gulf.
In April last year, Russia extracted its first at the Yu. Korchagin field from the country’s offshore territory in the sea.
The Caspian Sea is also home to about 80 per cent of the world’s sturgeon, bearing the three most valuable and rarest varieties of caviar – Beluga, Osetra and Sevruga.
The sea is shared between five nations: four former Soviet republics – Russia, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan – and Iran.
US interceptor missiles in Romania “may pose risks” to Russia
Moscow warns that the US is building the European segment of its global missile defense system “regardless of Russian-US dialogue” on the issue.
*Russia was alarmed at the news of the deployment of US interceptor missiles on Romanian territory, the Russian Foreign Ministry has said in a statement. The decision “may pose risks for Russian strategic nuclear forces,” it stressed.
Washington and Bucharest announced on Tuesday that elements of US global missile defense shield would be stationed at the former Romanian airbase of Deveselu. Romanian President Traian Basescu addressed the nation, saying that the future missile defense was not aimed against Russia.
However, Moscow said it regretted that the dialogue between Russia and the US was not taken into account when the decision to deploy interceptor missiles in Romania was made. Washington is continuing to implement “the phased adaptive approach” toward building a segment of the US global missile defense in Europe, the Foreign Ministry said. Washington announced these plans back on September 17, 2009.
Russia warned that it would closely follow the developments because the planned US system “may pose risks for Russian strategic nuclear deterrence forces in the future.” Earlier, the Russian leadership had said it would have to take “adequate measures” if the US and NATO choose to build the European missile defense shield without Moscow’s participation.
In the current situation, Russia is insisting on legal guarantees from the US that the missile defense system being deployed in Europe “is not targeted against the Russian strategic nuclear forces,” the ministry said. The concept and architecture of the European missile defense system should be now developed “in a priority manner,” it added.
The absence of legal guarantees to Russia from Washington remains the main stumbling block at the talks between Moscow and NATO, Russia’s envoy at the alliance Dmitry Rogozin said. The negotiations “are going hard,” Interfax quoted him as saying.
The current military phase of the talks will be followed by the foreign policy phase that starts on Thursday. Russia “needs clear, verifiable guarantees” based on completely clear technical military criteria, Rogozin said. Although the military may, in theory, reach an agreement, “a powerful political impulse is needed,” he said. Unless the US sees Russia as a partner, “negotiations can hardly bring any progress,” he noted.
Good news for Caspian flotilla. What class of boats will be Tatarstan and Volgodonsk? What happened with second and third ship of Buyan class corvettes? I hope they will finish them.
Funny article. Like mentioned before, those Interceptors wont be a real threat to Russia. It will just mean more radar bases watching what they do. It is just stupid of the US to do this, but if they want to waste their money, let them.
As I know Tatarstan frigate (Gepard class) is operational in Caspian sea since 2003. I'm not very familiar with navy, but I think frigate is a large ship, not a boat. This is confusing.Tatarstan is a 2000 ton project 11661 frigate.
Volgodonsk is a 1000 ton project 21630 artillery ship (Buyan).
The third Buyan is under construction.