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Combat Capabilities of Russian and US Navies in 2007

Types of combatant ships Russian Navy
Amount on the roll

Weight US Navy
Amount on the roll

Nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarines
(weighting factor 0, not supposed to attend conventional war)
27 0 14 0
Nuclear-powered cruise missile submarines
(weighting factor 5)
8 40 1 5
Nuclear-powered attack submarines
(weighting factor 5)
15 75 53 265
Diesel-electric submarines
(weighting factor 3)
18 54 - -
Aircraft carriers
(weighting factor 6)
1 6 12 (13) 72 (78)
Guided missile cruisers
(weighting factor 4)
5 20 22 88
Guided missile destroyers
(weighting factor 3)
23 69 54 162
Guided missile frigates
(weighting factor 3)
15 45 30 90
(weighting factor 1)
140 140 8 8
Amphibious ships
(weighting factor 1)
10 10 35 35
Mine countermeasures ships / minesweepers
(weighting factor 2)
12 (?) 24 8 16
Total 274 483 237 741 (747)

Despite outclassing US Navy by 37 ships, Russian Navy yields to it in combat capability by 34% primarily because of misbalance, i.e. insufficient number of nuclear-powered attack submarines and surface ships of basic classes.


1. Combat capability herein is overall index of military parity displaying quantitative and combat power ratio between Russian Navy and US Navy which is the world's largest fleet. Some components and parameters of both navies were not considered.

2. The figures may differ from official (real) quantity. The table was made only on the basis of publicly open sources.

3. As long as amount of ships on the roll is much greater than combat-ready ones, real balance of combat capabilities may differ.

4. Information shown in the table expresses combat capabilities of classes and single ships not in full. Detailed description can be found on Central Navy Portal webpages.

5. Weighting factors are used for comparative assessment of various types of warships.

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