Russia cannot build ships on its own, but also it doesn’t want to buy from China

Due to the chaos after the collapse of the Soviet Union, Russia lost almost the entire shipbuilding industry, as well as the corresponding technologies and specialists

Source: The National Interest

According to recent media reports, there is a crisis in the shipbuilding industry in Russia. For a long time, only a small number of small-tonnage warships were launched. Russia is likely to lose decades rather than purchase advanced Chinese-made warships. This is surprising. Why doesn’t she want to buy warships in China? Some experts say that this has nothing to do with the country’s reputation. Russia hopes to revive its shipbuilding industry.


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Due to the chaos after the collapse of the Soviet Union, Russia lost almost the entire shipbuilding industry, as well as the corresponding technologies and specialists. Although she inherited a large number of large warships and the infrastructure of the Navy as a Soviet legacy, in reality, there was a shortage of specialists to support their work. All that remained was to observe indifferently the corrosion process and the decommissioning of ships located at the naval base. The lack of specialists was reflected in research and development, as well as the production of new warships. Only old cruisers remained in Russia, for example, “Admiral Kuznetsov” and “Kirov”.

But in fact, even maintaining these old ships is currently not easy for Russia. Although the cruiser “Kirov” was reconstructed and entered service with the Russian Navy, the term for the reconstruction project was seven years. This is longer than the construction period of large warships in other countries. And about the “Admiral Kuznetsov” even nothing to say. Black smoke from the pipes of the ship, a tower crane that damaged the deck, fires – all this testifies to the weakness of the Russian fleet.

In such conditions, when only patrol ships are mass-produced, the only way for Russia to get large warships is to acquire them from the outside. There have been offers on the Chinese export market for a long time, but some believe that Russia is more likely to lose another ten years than start purchasing warships from China. Here, of course, the mentality of the “big brother” is influencing. There is nothing wrong with the fact that Russia makes sacrifices to restore its shipbuilding industry. Despite the shortage of specialists and auxiliary industries, the construction of large warships can effectively fill this gap and revive the industrial system. For Russia, which has always been a great power, no doubt, this is very important.

Thanks to the efforts of Putin and other influential leaders, Russia has managed to restore the industrial chain, broken by the collapse of the Soviet Union, as well as the research and production potential of some advanced weapons. But Russia is a land power in the traditional sense, so it is unlikely to pay much attention to the navy. After the army and air force finally regained their viability, the reconstruction and fortification of the Russian navy finally began. While the shipbuilding industry continues to decline due to a lack of specialists, Russia can only use old equipment to maintain its fleet. This is the pain that a country needs to go through in order to return to superpower status.

If it is possible to complete the construction of a new large warship, this will be a great incentive for the reorganization of the Russian shipbuilding industry. However, for the time being, Russia has only one choice left and that it will continue to put up with the current state of affairs.

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