The vessel is being designed under the modular principle. Estimated displacement is over 7,000 tons; ice class is Arc4 with possible improvement to the higher class.
"The idea to renovate the Russian Navy with this kind of vessels is topical due to hopeless ageing and slow renewal of auxiliary fleet", the insider told Mil.Press Today. As for him, another factor is the ‘Syrian express’ practice: for logistic support of the Russian troops deployed in Syria, the Navy used bulk carriers and large-size landing craft, misfit for such missions. Alongside with that, the Navy’s aspiration for combining an array of functions in one ship will complicate its designing, building and operation, said the expert. Thus, it is more reasonable to make several types of ships based on a single platform, he summarized.According to another insider interviewed by Mil.Press Today, the Navy wants to get 4-6 auxiliary ships: two for each of the Northern and the Pacific fleets, and one ship for each of the Baltic and the Black Sea fleets.
It has not been reported yet about the shipyard to build the future "four in one" vessels.
In 2017, Leningrad shipyard Pella expressed readiness to build such auxiliary ships and offered the Project 21310M: it was planned to build the lead ship within three years, and serial ships – within one year each. The same type of support ship could be also keel-laid at Yantar shipyard in 2017 or 2018, though the shipbuilding contract was not signed. Still there is no a corresponding agreement, the Yantar’s spokesman told Mil.Press Today. According to available information, Pella has not obtained the contract to build such a vessel either.