Russian Navy to Lay Keels for Other Two Gorshkov-Class Frigates in 2020, Insiders Say

Rubric: Russia, Future

Severnaya Verf Shipyard will lay keels of other two Project 22350 frigates before the year-end, two sources in shipbuilding industry told Mil.Press.

To recap, the fifth and the sixth Project 22350 frigates were laid down at Severnaya Verf in the spring of 2019.

Keel-laying of Project 22350 frigates at Severnaya Verf Shipyard, 23-04-19

The lead ship, Admiral Gorshkov, is operated by the Northern Fleet since summer 2018, and the first serial one, Admiral Kasatonov, is currently finalizing the state trials program. The third frigate, Admiral Golovko, is supposed to take sea by June and be commissioned in 2021.

Initially, the navy planned to obtain eight Project 22350 frigates, but the order was cut down to four hulls later on. The decision to lay down additional ships was made upon analyzing of the Admiral Gorshkov’s operational experience, an insider in a naval school told Mil.Press earlier. The plans are to increase number of Caliber cruise missiles onboard the new frigates from 16 up to 24.

For reference

Full displacement of the Project 22350 frigates is 5,400 tons; length is 135 meters; beam is 16 meters; max speed is 29 knots. Endurance is 30 days. Operating range is 4,500 nautical miles. Crew is 170 plus 20-men landing party.

The core attack weapon of the Project 22350 frigates is Caliber high-precision long-range cruise missiles. In addition, the ships are armed with the 130-mm gun mount A-192, the air defense system Polyment-Redut, the antisubmarine system Paket, and the gun/missile system Palash. Every ship accommodates the ASW helicopter Ka-27PL as well.

Dmitry Zhavoronkov
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