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Lumber said:And against an Ak-100, I definitely don't want just a 25mm...
But practice, if Russians are going to start putting f***ing Sizzlers on "patrol" ice-breakers, then there really is no need to go anything higher than a 25mm, because the 25mm will have one purpose, and one purpose only: to disable the engines on a merchant vessel that won't heave to.
Yah, the Russian equivalent of the Harpoon. That's quite the firepower on an arctic specific vessel. What kind of threats are they expecting or is this a case of getting ahead and staying ahead? Is this a case of defending Murmansk or Baltic ports in the winter? Or is this a force projection strategy? Perhaps they will assist in defending Russian boomers from the surface?
It's not like their neighbours would have anything remotely equivalent to this type of firepower for ice covered waters (on the surface).