THE INCREASING CAPABILITIES OF THE SOVIET NAVY

Authors
  1. Lindsey, G.R.
Corporate Authors
Operational Research and Analysis Establishment, Ottawa ONT (CAN) Directorate of Mathematics and Statistics
Abstract
It is possible to explain the building programs of the Soviet Navy between 1938 and 1975 in terms of the threats perceived by them in distinct periods. A plan to possess a large ocean-going fleet was frustrated by World War II, resurrected when victory was in sight, and abandoned in the later 1940s for a force designed against amphibious assault on the Soviet coast. The threat was supplanted by nuclear strike by Western carrier-borne aircraft, and subsequently by submarine-launched ballistic missiles. The Soviet forces emphasized antiship cruise missiles, and then antisubmarine warfare, in both cases at increasing ranges from the home ports of the USSR. Finally, preservation of an assured Soviet nuclear capability to threaten Western population and cities assumed high priority, able to be kept intact during the progress of a conventional or even a limited nuclear war. TRUNCATED
Report Number
M-111 — Paper presented to SACLANT's symposium SEALINK 82 held in Annapolis 15-17 Jun 82
Date of publication
15 Sep 1982
Number of Pages
33
DSTKIM No
83-01826
CANDIS No
39673
Format(s):
Hardcopy;Originator's fiche received by DSIS

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