"We hope Severnaya Verf shipyard will be the primary builder for these frigates. Anyway, such task is well within the range of Admiralteyskie Verfi and Baltiysky Zavod, too", commented Rakhmanov.Late in November, an informed industry-related source told Mil.Press that Severnoye Design Bureau had completed draft design of Project 22350M frigate. Building of the new series’ lead ship would supposedly take 4 or 5 years.
Project 22350M frigates were announced in December 2014 by Admiral Viktor Chirkov, then heading the Russian Navy. According to him, the Navy planned to purchase at least 15 frigates of basic and modified versions. In July 2018, Vice Admiral Viktor Bursuk, then deputy navy commander announced beginning of design works on Project 22350M upgraded frigates by Severnoye Design Bureau.
Severnoye Design Bureau officially kicked off conceptual designing of 'Super Gorshkov' frigate on December 25, 2018 upon signing of a corresponding contract. The certain front-end developments were performed earlier, too, in accordance with the Navy’s assignments and by own initiative.
Project 22350M frigates will displace about 8,000 tons and carry 48 Caliber cruise missiles. Their weaponry will also include Zircon hypersonic missiles. The powerplant will be made in Russia.