Russian Navy: New Project 22350-Based Frigates to Displace 8,000 Tons

Rubric: Russia, Industry, Future

The Russian Navy plans to build a series of updated Project 22350M frigates displacing about 8,000 tons, navyís deputy commander for armament Vice Admiral Viktor Bursuk told Mil.Today at the International Maritime Defense Show in Saint Petersburg.

"That will be large ocean-going ships. In terms of displacement and weapons, they can act as an intermediate link between frigates and destroyers", explained Viktor Bursuk.

Project 22350 frigate Admiral Kasatonov

According to him, the Russian Navy currently needs ten ships of this type.

Speaking about the builders for the newest frigates, Viktor Bursuk assumed that the production most likely would be divided between the Far East and the North West. He also allowed for Yantar Shipyard (Kaliningrad, Russia) to join the program.

Project 22350M was announced in December 2014 by Admiral Viktor Chirkov, the then navy commander. According to him, the Russian Navy planned to purchase at least 15 frigates in basic and upgraded versions.

The basic Project 22350 frigates have been built at Severnaya Verf Shipyard in Saint Petersburg for over a decade now. Lead frigate Admiral Gorshkov was laid down back in 2006. Her commissioning was postponed many times, by latest reports the ship would join the navy by this year end. The projectís second and third frigates, Admiral Kasatonov and Admiral Golovko, will be commissioned in 2018 and 2019, respectively. Another series of Project 22350 ships is not scheduled.

As compared to the basic version (full displacement is 5,400 tons), the retrofitted Project 22350M frigates will be heavier by somewhat 2,500 tons. There have been no other details reported about the project so far.