On November 26th, Commander-in-chief of the Russian Navy Admiral Vladimir Korolyov spoke about new developments in an interview with Krasnaya Zvezda, the Russian Ministry of Defense’s official newspaper. He spoke of participation of Russian sailors in large-scale war games in 2018, naval parades, carrying out tasks both on the surface of the water and under it, studying the World Ocean by hydrographs, as well as what is to be solved in 2019. Most notably, he spoke of new warships and submarines that are to be deployed.
In 2019, the frigates “Admiral of the Fleet of the Soviet Union Gorshkov” and “Admiral Makarov”, the large landing ship “Ivan Gren”, the icebreaker “Ilya Muromets” and the logistics ship “Elbrus” are to be delivered to the Navy.
In addition to that, tests of the project 22350 frigate “Admiral Kasatonov” are to be carried out in December 2018. In 2019, tests on the newest landing ship, the “Peter Morgunov” are to also take place. The plan is to deliver these ships to the Navy in the near future.
The construction of a series of small missile ships, under the project 22800 at the Pella company is also to be implemented. Six such ships will be built for the Baltic Fleet, and a total of 18 units for the Navy.
Quite recently, the small rocket flagship of project 22800 “Hurricane” completed state tests in the northern seas, demonstrating high seaworthiness and high reliability, which significantly surpassed the design figures. The “Hurricane” will be delivered to the Navy in December 2018.
By the end of 2018, the fleet will receive 416 units of modern weapons and military equipment, including warships and boats, support vessels, aviation equipment, as well as radar and anti-aircraft missile systems.
In 2019, the Navy plans to accept the “Prince Vladimir” and Kazan nuclear submarines built at the Sevmash enterprise in Severodvinsk.
The “Knyaz Vladimir” (Prince Vladimir) submarine was floated out:
In terms of submarines, the construction of a series of diesel-electric hybrid submarines under project 636.3 will continue for the submarine forces of the Northern Fleet. There is also on-going construction of at least 12 units of the latest diesel-electric hybrid submarines of the Lada type.
In all, about 30 ships and support vessels are to be built for the Russian Navy. Work will continue on development of 5th generation nuclear submarines.
The admiral said that the course of surface ships and submarines will continue – aimed at the construction of carriers of high-precision weapons, with advanced maneuverability, stealth and survivability.
Korolyov also emphasized on the need to further deepen interactions with defense industry companies and design organizations. To this end, he has decided to conduct a weekly “Innovation Hour” at the Admiralty. During these meetings, Navy officials will discuss with industry representatives the implementation of a number of work areas on the latest developments in the field of equipment and weapons, experimental design, surface and underwater shipbuilding.