The Udaloy is an anti-submarine destroyer that was first commissioned in 1980. The Udaloy is similar to the American Spruance Class destroyer. A total of 12 of these ships have been built. The Udaloy has a displacement of 6,200 tons, a length of 163 meters, a beam of 19.3 meters, and a draught of 6.2 meters. The ship has a maximum speed of 35 knots, and a range of 10,500 nm (when traveling at a speed of 14 knots). The Project 155 has a crew of 300.
The Udaloy is armed with eight SS-N-14 Silex anti-submarine missiles, 64 SA-N-9 Gauntlet short range missiles, two SA-N-11 missiles, two AK-100 100 mm naval guns, four AK-630 30 mm gatling guns, two RPK-2 Viyuga torpedo tubes, two RBU-6000 anti-submarine rocket launchers, and two KA-27 ASW helicopters. The Udaloy is also armed with a fully elecronic warfare kit comprised of a Bell Crown intercepter, a Bell Shroud intercepter, a Bell Squat jammer, and ten PK-10 decoys RL’s.
In 1999, an upgraded version of this ship, dubbed the Udaloy II, was introduced. The Udaloy II is armed with SS-N-22 missiles instead of the tradional SS-N-14 missiles, an AK-130 mm naval gun instead of the traditional two AK-100 mm guns, and the Udav-1 anti-submarine missile system. The Udaloy II is also equipped with a new gas turbine engine, more capable sonars, and an integrated fire control system for aire defense.
Today, at the U.S. military base in Fort Carson, Colorado, Russian speech can be heard. For the first time since World War II, Russian and American paratroopers participate in a combat mission together. For now, a training one. Twenty two soldiers of the Russian VDV and the same amount of troops from the U.S. special forces soldiers work together to counter an attack by international terrorists. Eugene Zubkov explains how the blue and green berets learn to fight against a common enemy.
The main character of the cult saga of John Rambo would not have, even in his most terrifying nightmare, dreamed that he would be living side by side with paratroopers from Russian, but today, the Green Berets at Fort Carson are more than happy to participate in such an event. “Today is a truly momentous day, we begin joint military exercises with the airborne troops”, stated John Didrik, the commander of the 10th Special Operations Forces of the U.S. Army.
Twenty two Russian soldiers came to the rocky mountains and settled together with the American troops in the baracks, which is more like a 5-start hotel. Good furniture, home appliances, air conditioning throughout, and even a coffee machine. The soldiers quickly found a common language. They then all went together for lunch. The dining resturaunts are “all inclusive”; 5 dollars is enough for a rich buffet. At first glance, it doesn’t even seem like the military, but like paradise. However, the paratroopers were dissappointed in the local menu. The Americans do not have a “first meal”, as is the tradition in Russia, and no ice cream with fruit and soda can replace the traditional soup.
Following the meal was rest, and then, assembly, planning, and actual training, which were followed by a farewell speech. “It’s time to join forces and share combat experiences to address the threats to the peaceful development of our countries. This joint exercises is the beginning of a real (not just in words, but in deeds) cooperation to combat international terrorism”, started Alexander Shirokov, the head of the Russian military delegation. Now, the U.S. and Russia have a common enemy, and the problem of testing effective skills that can be used to deal with it. Right now, the VDV troops learn fromt he Americans. A year from now, their American comrades will visit them in Russia. Right now, our soldiers are learning tactics, communication, and familiarize themselves with the weapons that the Green Berets use.
The foreign instructors were surprised by how easily the paratroopers mastered weapons that were seemingly unusual for them. With the Beretta pistols, the Russians showed a high class of shooting at the range, and received a score of 83 out of 100, on their first try, boasted Seargant Zorik Tsydypov. The main purpose of the training is for the soldiers of the two countries to learn new combat skills from each other. During the so-called active phase, which started today, it was important that the two groups of Russian and American soldiers show that they are able to work harmoniously and show that they are able to perform flawlessly. Special operations training includes descending the mountains, reconaissance, and carrying out the capture and destruction of terrorist bases. Besides military value, these trainings also have a symbolic value. The soldiers of the two countries starte that their meeting in Fort Carson should establish mutual understandings between them, which is needed in case they will need to work together to counter a threat in the future.
The Project 775 Ropucha is a large landing ship that was first commissioned in 1975. This ship can carry up to 500 tons of cargo and has doors for unloading and loading vehicles in the bow and stern. The Ropucha has a displacement of 4,080 tons with a full load, a length of 112.5 meters, a beam of 15 meters, and a draft of 3.7 meters. It is powered by two diesel engines that are rated at 19,200 hp and move the ship at speeds of up to 18 knots. Moving at a speed of 15 knots, the ship has a maximum range of 6,100 nm (nautical miles).
The Project 775 can carry twenty five BTR-80 APCs, or up to ten main battle tanks, plus 200 troops, or three main battle tanks, three 2S9 Nona-S self propelled mortars, five MT-LB APCs, four military trucks, plus 313 troops. The ship has a crew of 98. The armament is comprised of two twin barreled 57 mm AK-725 main guns, two 120 mm A-215 Grad-M rocket launchers with 30 tubes, four Igla short range air defense systems, and two AK-630 30 mm Gatling guns. The upgraded Project 775M Ropucha 2 is armed with a single AK-176 76 mm main gun instead of the two AK-725s.
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