Strategic Calculations Behind Russia’s Kazan Nuclear Submarine’s Upcoming Visit to Cuba | Aviation

The Russian Kazan submarine (Image credit: Russian Navy)

The Yasen-M class Kazan’s “most notable” feature is the capability to launch a range of anti-ship and land attack missiles.

Heralding days of the tense Cold War, particularly the Cuban Missile Crisis, a Russian nuclear-powered submarine of the Yasen-M class, the Kazan, will visit Havana, Cuba has announced. This comes amid a particular inflection point in the war in Ukraine, where the imminent arrival of large capital weapons like the F-16s and the approval by US and Europe for Kyiv to strike targets inside mainland Russia.

Even more recently, French President Emmanuel Macron, announced the approval to send Mirage 2000-5 fighters to Ukraine, after months of holding off on Ukraine’s request for more aircraft. While the submarine itself would not be armed with nuclear weapons, the strategic message Moscow appears to be sending is loaded. Primarily, it flows from Vladimir Putin’s persistent wielding of the nuclear threat, where he promises the use of atomic weapons if the Russian Federation faces an “existential” threat.

Kazan and three other Russian naval vessels – missile frigate Admiral Gorshkov, fleet replenishment tanker Pashin and a salvage tug Nikolai Chiker – will dock in the Cuban capital from June 12 to 17, Cuba’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in two statements on Jun. 6, 2024…


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