Project 22350 Frigates to Get New Russian Engines First

Rubric: Russia, Industry

The newest Project 22350 frigates will be first to receive gas turbine engines developed by NPO Saturn to substitute Ukrainian analogs, reported RIA Novosti on December 29 citing Alexey Rakhmanov, president of the United Shipbuilding Corporation.

Earlier on, Ukraine refused to supply gas turbine engines paid up by Russia and designed for Project 22350 and 11356 frigates. As a result, construction period of some warships was deferred to later dates.

Project 22350 frigate Admiral Gorshkov

"We’re running on schedule as for gas turbine engines, first of them will be mounted on project 22350 frigates, then corvettes, dynamically supported craft and, by the mid 2018, they will be mounted on project 11356 frigates (Admiral Grigorovich class – editor’s remark), said Alexey Rakhmanov.

Project 22350 frigates are built by Severnaya Verf shipyard in Saint Petersburg. They displace 4,500 tons and are 135 meters long and 16 meters wide, have speed up to 29 knots, operational range of up to 4,500 nautical miles, and endurance up to 30 days. The crew is 180-210. Each frigate will be armed with the 130-mm A-192 Armat shipborne gun mount, 16 launchers of antiship missiles Onyx or Caliber-NKE, and the Poliment-Redut air defense system.

The lead frigate in series, Admiral Gorshkov, was supposed to join the Russian Navy by the end of 2016, however, commissioning of the frigate is postponed to the first half of 2017. The third ship, Admiral Golovko was about to take the sea in 2016, but that event was postponed as well. In total, Severnaya Verf shipyard must build six Project 22350 ships. The series completion was put off to 2025.