Can Ukraine sink Russian Black Sea Fleet?
Ukrainians were able to sink Russia's Black Sea Fleet flagships RTS Moskva (121) and regain Snake Island, which helped prevent Russia from doing an amphibious assault on Odesa, she said. Attacking the Saky Airbase in Crimea also hurt the Russian Navy's ability to attack other countries.
Russia's flagship, the Moskva, was sunk by Ukrainian missiles in April, making the Admiral Makarov its most important warship in the Black Sea.
The Russians Have Lost Nearly 300 Aircraft Over Ukraine—Mostly Drones.
All told, Russia has lost about 13 vessels since it launched its full-scale invasion of Ukraine on Feb. 24, the Ukrainian Defense Ministry stated Thursday.
Vinnytsia (U206) is an anti-submarine corvette of the Ukrainian Navy.
|Russian Black Sea Fleet|
|Size||25,000 personnel (including marines) c. 40 surface warships (surface combatants, amphibious, mine warfare) plus support and auxiliaries 7 submarines (2 of which are in the Mediterranean as of March 2022)|
|Part of||Russian Armed Forces|
Ukrainian forces used a Harpoon missile to sink a Russian resupply ship headed to Snake Island, a senior defense official told reporters Friday afternoon. The sinking of the ship helped Ukrainian forces retake Snake Island, which had been in Russian control since the early days of the invasion.
P-178 Lubny – A Gyurza-M-class gunboat was declared missing by Ukraine the ship was sunk and raised by Russia during the Siege of Mariupol. Vinnytsia – On 10 June 2022 the antisubmarine corvette was recorded sunk in port of Ochakiv.
Russia has lost 52 of its own, higher-flying helicopters.
In a Defence Intelligence update, the Ministry iof Defence said that there have “been at least 23 verified losses of Russia's Ka-52 HOKUM attack helicopter in Ukraine since the invasion”.
How many tanks does Russia have left?
According to the Military Balance 2021, quoted in Kyiv Independent, Russia has over 10,000 battle tanks in storage, mainly T-72s and T-80s.
Ukraine has carried out a "massive" drone attack on the Black Sea Fleet in the Crimean port city of Sevastopol, damaging one warship, Russia says. Nine drones were used, a top official said.
by John Konrad (gCaptain) Every year, the US Navy sails warships into the Black Sea as part of Sea Breeze 2022 an annual joint military exercise with Romania and eight other NATO nations.
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It can also stay submerged for up to three weeks with little exhaust heat—making the Type-212A virtually undetectable. The German Navy has boasted that it is the quietest submarine in operation today.
Ukrainian forces are now fielding captured T-90 tanks, modern armor taken as Russian troops retreat, the military said. As the Russian military loses more modern equipment, it has been forced to pull old tanks from storage.
So why can't the US Navy can't send an Aircraft Carrier into the Black Sea to protect Romania and NATO merchant ships or help Ukraine? According to a UN Treaty, they are too big and heavy.
The Military Naval Forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine (Ukrainian: Військово-Морські сили Збройних сил України, ВМС ЗСУ, romanized: Viiskovo-Morski syly Zbroinykh syl Ukrainy, VMS ZSU) is the maritime forces of Ukraine and one of the five branches of the Armed Forces of Ukraine.
The fleet itself — made up of small missile-laden corvettes and frigates, landing craft and six submarines — still has over 30 ships at sea or in port, but their effectiveness and ability to maneuver has been severely hampered after Moskva's air defenses and the radar screen provided by Snake Island were eliminated.
Danish land-based Harpoon launcher in 2002. Ukrainian forces have deployed Harpoon anti-ship missiles to the Black Sea as a counter to Russian surface ships in the region, Minister of Defense Oleksii Reznikov said.
Has Ukraine used Harpoon missiles yet?
“And the next week, two Russia ships were sunk with those Harpoons after about three weeks,” he said. LaPlante's comments add new details to what appears to be Ukraine's first successful combat use of the Harpoons.
LaPlante, Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment, citing Defense News, the Ukrainian military has received Harpoon anti-ship missiles from partners, which were converted to a car platform.
19 the Ukrainian army had lost just 320 tanks: 176 of them destroyed.
But Russia's recent defeats in and around Kyiv expose unresolved weaknesses, starting with Russia's armored vehicles. To date, Ukraine says Russia has lost close to 3,000 armored vehicles — but only half in combat.
The cost for one ship is to be about 40 billion RUB ($675 million). In January 2018, it was reported the construction of the ships would take place at the Severnaya Verf in Saint Petersburg. However, in July 2020 two units of the class were laid down at the Zalyv Shipbuilding yard in Crimea.
Russian losses were immense: 21 ships sunk or scuttled, and seven captured.
54,810 Russian troops killed (approximately three times that number wounded and captured) 4,724 armored personnel carriers and infantry fighting vehicles destroyed. 3,587 vehicles and fuel tanks. 2,216 tanks.
Ukraine Has Destroyed 2,000 Russian Tanks, 254 Aircraft & 48,700 Soldiers.
“Two Ka-52s were destroyed at the airfield in the Pskov region, and two more were seriously damaged,” the intel agency claimed Monday. It's impossible to verify the agency's assertion.
|Unit cost||$3.7–$4.6 million|
|Produced||2014–2021 (prototypes), 2021–present (serial version)|
How many tanks have the Russian army lost?
Russia has lost a minimum of 220 older T-72B tanks and some 270 of its workhorse T-72B3/M versions modified in the 2010s.
As of 18 November 2022, the open-source intelligence site, Oryx has visually confirmed the loss of 31 Russian T-90s (26 T-90A: 13 destroyed, 1 abandoned, 12 captured and 5 T-90M: 2 destroyed, 1 abandoned, 2 captured). On September 18 in Kharkiv Oblast, Ukraine, a T-90M was captured - the first confirmed in the war.
These tanks are only used in NATO by their respective countries. There are roughly 200 tanks in service for each tank type, making a total of 800, plus roughly 1500 Leopard 2's and roughly 2500 M1 Abrams. The majority are M1A2's and the rest M1A1's.
The United States has been buying Javelins at the rate of about 1,000 a year. The maximum production rate is 6,480 a year, though it would likely take a year or more to reach that level. The delivery time is 32 months; that is, once an order is placed, it will take 32 months before a missile is delivered.
There's only one way in and out of the Black Sea. Russia regularly sends its ships and submarines in and out of the sea, surging forces there or sending its Black Sea Fleet into the Mediterranean Sea for local operations.
It was a home-brewed Ukrainian weapon — two R-360 Neptune anti-ship missiles, to be specific — that may have earned the defenders arguably the most memorably victory of the war so far, the sinking of the Russians' Black Sea flagship, the Moskva.
This, too, is impossible because of the Montreux Convention of 1936. Under that treaty, countries along the Black Sea get special naval privileges, and other countries are strictly limited in what ships may enter the sea (for example, no aircraft carriers or submarines), how many at a time, and for how long.
Number of military ships in NATO 2022, by type
As of 2022, NATO countries were estimated to have 2,049 military ships under the command of the alliances armed forces.
Since Russia's illegal and illegitimate annexation of Crimea, NATO has increased its presence in the Black Sea. NATO ships routinely operate in the Black Sea, consistent with international law, usually patrolling the waters for around two-thirds of the year.
Ukraine Destroyed Russian Vessel in Black Sea with Harpoon Missiles, U.K. Confirms. The strike represents the first successful use of the Western-supplied anti-ship weapons, considered a game-changer as Ukraine remains outgunned and outmanned by Russia.
Does Ukraine have a navy in the Black Sea?
While the Black Sea Fleet has been strong enough to hold the small Ukrainian navy at bay, it has never been the pride of the Russian navy. The Northern Fleet, based in Severomorsk, is by far the Kremlin's largest and most modern force, and had sent some of its own vessels to help just before the Russian invasion.
China has a maritime force of 355 ships and submarines, according to the Pentagon, numerically the largest navy in the world. The U.S. has far greater carrier power, though, with 11 aircraft carriers.
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It will reportedly include 24 warships including planes and helicopters from ten NATO member countries including Albania, Belgium, Greece, Italy, Latvia, Poland, Romania and Turkey.