Russian Submarine Amur 1650 To Be Sold To China

A new Russian submarine design called
the Amur 1650 is going to be sold to China, with Vladimir Putin hoping
that Russia’s economic recession may be averted partially by making
deals with the Chinese

In a related report  the Russian military successfully tested a Bulava intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) launched from the Russian nuclear submarine the Vladimir Monomakh. The U.S. Navy believes that the newest of China’s nuclear submarines the Jin SSBN “would mark China’s first credible at-sea-second-strike nuclear capability.” There’s also talk of a Chinese supersonic submarine that could cross the pacific in less than 100 minutes.

Vladimir Putin has publicly stated that Russia’s nuclear weapons and
the Russian submarine fleet will be given an overhaul in the next five
to 10 years.

Russian Submarine Amur 1650
Russian Submarine Amur 1650

The Ukraine crisis has resulted in the
Russian economy going from predictions of growth down to the possibility
of a recession. Global investors pulled about $850 million out of the
country in 2014, and the Russian economy increased by only 1.3 percent
instead of the previously projected 3.9 percent. In addition to lower
oil prices, economists believe sanctions by the European Union and the
United States could cost Russia $100 to $200 billion a year. If tensions
continue to escalate, the economic collateral damage may only become
worse, which is why Vladimir Putin is granting limited access to raw
materials and advanced weapons like their Russian submarine design.

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The
Russian submarine the Amur 1650 is a modern version of the Kilo-class
Russian submarine with improved acoustic stealth, new combat systems,
and air-independent propulsion. The new Russian submarine would have a
service life of about 50 years, and is expected to come with long range
weapons in addition to anti-ship and anti-submarine weapons.

The Chinese and Russian deal was signed on October 13.
It’s also believed Russia will sign contracts to deliver S-400 missile
systems
and Su-35 fighter jets to China in the first quarter of 2015. In
addition to the Russian submarine and other weapons, the two
governments agreed to swap swap $25 billion in Chinese yuan for Russian
rubles over three years. They also created economic treaties to benefit
both countries. There’s also talk of creating a $250 billion high speed
rail project
that would connect Moscow to Beijing, which would allow
China to greatly lower the cost of trade with Europe.