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[*] posted on 27-11-2019 at 09:47 AM


Admiralty Shipyards JSC Handed Over the Submarine Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky to the Navy of the Russian Federation

(Source: Admiralty Shipyards JSC; issued Nov. 25, 2019)

(Unofficial translation by Defense-Aerospace.com)


Russian Kilo IIs are considered to be among the world’s most silent submarines. Already in service with Russia’s Black Sea fleet, the Russian Navy has now commissioned the Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, intended for the Pacific Fleet. (Admiralty photo)

Admiralty Shipyards JSC transferred the large diesel-electric submarine Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky to the Russian Navy. The ceremony of raising the Navy flag was held on the company’s deep-water pier.

“Today is a special holiday, because we fly the St. Andrew flag on the Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky submarine, the first in a series built for the Pacific Fleet. The ship passed all the tests and fully confirmed the tactical and technical characteristics incorporated in it,” said Alexander Buzakov, Director General of Admiralty Shipyards JSC. “I want to note that all subsequent ships of the series are being built in accordance with the contract and in 2022 the construction of the series will be completed.”

A real contribution to the implementation of the shipbuilding program, approved by the Supreme Commander of the Russian Federation, was recalled when raising the flag by the chief of the General Staff - First Deputy Commander-in-Chief of the Russian Navy, Vice Admiral Andrei Volozhinsky.

“Today is a wonderful day, because Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky is the first ‘swallow’ going to the Pacific Fleet, which has long been waiting for an update,” said the chief of the General Staff. “It is especially pleasing that the construction of submarines at the Admiralty Shipyards has entered the regime of serial construction, and today's event clearly confirms that the team is clearly coping with the task on schedule.”

The submarine Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky of Project 636.3 is the first in a series of six boats being built at the Admiralty Shipyards for the Pacific Fleet; she was laid down in July 2017 and launched in March 2019. Her construction was a significant event in the implementation of the long-term plan of the Russian Ministry of Defense to equip the Navy with new-generation submarines and to implement the state program of naval shipbuilding.

At the direction of the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation, TsKB MT Rubin JSC modernized the basic systems of the base project 636submarine, including the information-control system, radar and sonar systems. A number of improvements were made to general on-board systems in order to increase the stealth of the submarine and improve the living conditions for the crew.

Today, work is underway on the second submarine of the Volkhov series to prepare the boat for launch, which is scheduled for the end of the year. In November, the third and fourth submarines were launched - Magadan and Ufa; in October, metal cutting began on the fifth submarine for the Pacific Fleet. The construction of a series of six ships is on schedule and, in accordance with the contract, should be completed in 2022.

Compared with previous models, submarines of the modified Project 636.3 have higher combat effectiveness. Their optimal combination of acoustic stealth and target detection range, the latest inertial navigation system, modern automated information and control system, and powerful high-speed torpedo-missile weapons provide true world-class capability for ships of this class in the field of non-nuclear underwater shipbuilding.

Admiralty shipyards are the undisputed leader in the construction of submarines of this class and have been successfully exporting them since 1983.

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First Project 636.3 Submarine Enters Service with Russia’s Pacific Fleet

(Source: TASS; published Nov 25, 2019)

ST. PETERSBURG --- The Admiralty Shipyard in St. Petersburg in Russia’s northwest has delivered the first Project 636.3 submarine Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky designated for the Pacific Fleet to the Russian Navy.

"This remarkable series of ships continues. The submarines for the Pacific Fleet have already undergone some modernization <…> The most advanced solutions are incorporated in this ship. Today is a remarkable day because the Navy will get another combat ship and transfer it to the Pacific Fleet, which has long been waiting for the renewal of its submarine force," Chief of the Navy Main Staff, Navy First Deputy Commander-in-Chief Vice-Admiral Andrei Volozhinsky said at the submarine delivery ceremony.

Overall, the Admiralty Shipyard (part of Russia’s United Shipbuilding Corporation) will build six Project 636.3 diesel-electric submarines for Russia’s Pacific Fleet. The Admiralty Shipyard earlier constructed a series of six Project 636.3 submarines for the Black Sea Fleet. The Russian Navy Command is also considering building Project 636.3 diesel-electric submarines for the Baltic Fleet.

Project 636.3 submarines (NATO reporting name: Improved Kilo-II) are 74 meters long and displace more than 3,900 tonnes. Due to its strong hull, the submarine has an operational depth of 240 meters and can dive to a maximum depth of 300 meters. Submarines of this Project have an operational range of up to 7,500 miles. They are armed with Kalibr-PL cruise missiles that are launched from torpedo tubes from the sub’s submerged position.

Project 636 submarines are considered among the world’s most noiseless underwater cruisers. They can develop a speed of up to 20 knots, have their sea endurance of 45 days and a crew of 52 men.

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[*] posted on 10-12-2019 at 06:57 PM


Russian Cutting-Edge Missile Corvette Enters White Sea for State Trials

(Source: TASS; published Dec. 06, 2019)


The Russian Navy’s latest corvette, the Gremyashchiy, has begun its user trials in the White Sea. She is the lead ship of the Project 20385 class, and is due to be armed with Tzirkon hypersonic missiles once their development is complete. (RUS MOD photo)

MOSCOW --- The Project 20385 lead corvette Gremyashchiy armed with Kalibr cruise missiles has entered the White Sea for state trials, the press office of the Northern Fleet reported on Friday.

"For several days, the corvette’s crew will check the ship’s systems and mechanisms at sea and test radio-technical armament with the help of the Northern Fleet’s aviation. Besides, the corvette will test-fire its main missile system against various types of targets," the press office said in a statement.

The Gremyashchiy is the Project 20385 lead corvette laid down at the Severnaya Shipyard on February 1, 2012 and floated out in June 2017. The corvettes of this Project developed by the Almaz Central Marine Design Bureau are designated to detect and destroy enemy submarines and surface ships, provide for troop landing and cope with numerous green-water tasks.

Project 20385 corvettes displace 2,200 tonnes, have an operating range of 3,500 miles and their sea endurance is 15 days. They are armed with Kalibr-NK universal missile systems, Redut anti-aircraft missile complexes and Paket anti-submarine warfare technology.

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Corvette Gremyashchiy to Carry Tsirkon Hypersonic Missiles, Says Putin

(Source: TASS; published Oct. 31, 2019)

KALININGRAD --- The corvette Gremyashchiy will be equipped with cutting-edge hypersonic anti-ship missiles Tsirkon, President Vladimir Putin said as he toured the vessel in Russia’s northwestern city of Kaliningrad on Thursday.

Getting on board the corvette, the president examined it, as well as familiarized himself with the weapons systems and equipment. The corvette’s commander, Captain 2nd Rank Roman Dovgailov drew attention of the president to the bow section, where the launch containers for Kalibr missiles are located, saying that Tsirkon missiles could be placed there in the future.

"It will certainly have Tsirkon," the president replied, addressing Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu. The minister smiled and nodded. Then, the president wished the commander happy sailing and successful state trials.

The work on the advanced Tsirkon hypersonic missile capable of developing a speed of up to Mach 9 is proceeding smoothly and will be completed on time, Russian President Vladimir Putin said during his annual Address to the Federal Assembly in February.

As the Russian leader reported, this missile is capable of developing a flight speed of about Mach 9 and its range capability may reach over 1,000 km. The missile can hit both naval and ground targets, he added.

The carriers of Tsirkon missiles will be naval ships and submarines equipped with Kalibr missile systems. According to experts, it is impossible to intercept this missile with the existing missile interceptor means.

The Gremyashchiy is the Project 20385 lead corvette laid down on February 1, 2012 and floated out in June 2017. The corvettes of this Project developed by the Almaz Central Marine Design Bureau are designated to detect and destroy enemy submarines and surface ships, provide for troop landing and cope with numerous green-water tasks.

The corvette Gremyashchiy will become the first warship in the Pacific Fleet to carry Kalibr cruise missiles. The warship is expected to enter service with the Pacific Fleet by the end of 2019. Project 20385 envisages a hangar for a Ka-27 helicopter.

Project 20385 corvettes displace 2,200 tonnes, have an operating range of 3,500 miles and their sea endurance is 15 days. They are armed with Kalibr-NK universal missile systems, Redut anti-aircraft missile complexes and Paket anti-submarine warfare technology.

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[*] posted on 13-12-2019 at 11:15 AM


Russian Aircraft Carrier on Fire, 3 Missing (excerpt)

(Source: Maritime Bulletin; posted December 12, 2019)

By Mikhail Voytenko

Fire erupted in the No.1 Engine Compartment of the Soviet-Russian aircraft carrier ADMIRAL KUZNETSOV at 1015 Moscow time on Dec 12.

The carrier is undergoing repairs in a dry dock in Murmansk, Russia, and the fire is thought to be have been caused by welding work. Three workers are missing.

VIDEO: https://youtu.be/kcbbmT-RyXM

The fire spread from an initial 20 square meter to some 120 square meters of Energy Block and probably, into neighboring compartments. Diesel fuel is burning, and it is not clear if it’s a spill or fuel stored in tanks.

The infamous aircraft carrier ADMIRAL KUZNETSOV could claim the title of one of the Navy ships most haunted by disasters and accidents. The ship was literally besieged with accidents from the moment her keel was laid in 1982.

About a year ago, when ADMIRAL KUZNETSOV was in dry dock, two people died when the dock’s crane collapsed and fell on ship’s deck, and the dock sank. (end of excerpt)

Click here for the full story, on the Maritime Bulletin website.

http://maritimebulletin.net/2019/12/12/russian-aircraft-carr...

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[*] posted on 13-12-2019 at 11:15 AM


Russian Aircraft Carrier on Fire, 3 Missing (excerpt)

(Source: Maritime Bulletin; posted December 12, 2019)

By Mikhail Voytenko

Fire erupted in the No.1 Engine Compartment of the Soviet-Russian aircraft carrier ADMIRAL KUZNETSOV at 1015 Moscow time on Dec 12.

The carrier is undergoing repairs in a dry dock in Murmansk, Russia, and the fire is thought to be have been caused by welding work. Three workers are missing.

VIDEO: https://youtu.be/kcbbmT-RyXM

The fire spread from an initial 20 square meter to some 120 square meters of Energy Block and probably, into neighboring compartments. Diesel fuel is burning, and it is not clear if it’s a spill or fuel stored in tanks.

The infamous aircraft carrier ADMIRAL KUZNETSOV could claim the title of one of the Navy ships most haunted by disasters and accidents. The ship was literally besieged with accidents from the moment her keel was laid in 1982.

About a year ago, when ADMIRAL KUZNETSOV was in dry dock, two people died when the dock’s crane collapsed and fell on ship’s deck, and the dock sank. (end of excerpt)

Click here for the full story, on the Maritime Bulletin website.

http://maritimebulletin.net/2019/12/12/russian-aircraft-carr...

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[*] posted on 19-12-2019 at 10:41 PM


Russian Vladimir Yemelyanov minesweeper begins acceptance trials

Posted On Wednesday, 18 December 2019 16:09

The Vladimir Yemelyanov Alexandrite-class minesweeper of project 12700 built by Sredne-Nevsky Shipyard began acceptance trials, the enterprise said.


Project 12700 Vladimir Yemelyanov minesweeper (Picture source: TASS)

"For several weeks the crew and the trial team of the shipyard will test all systems and mechanisms, radars and sonars in the Baltic Sea," it said.

The Vladimir Yemelyanov is the third minesweeper of project 12700. In 2016, the shipyard handed over the Alexander Obukhov lead minesweeper to the Navy. In January 2019, the Ivan Antonov hoisted the Navy flag.

Currently, the Russian Navy operates two Project 12700 minesweepers, Alexander Obukhov and Ivan Antonov. The third Alexandrite-class ship, Vladimir Yemelyanov, has already started the state trials program.

Minesweepers of project 12700 have the biggest fibreglass hull in the world. It is highly durable against steel hulls and ensures better survivability. The displacement is close to 900 tons, the length is over 60 meters and the width is 10 meters. The speed is 16.5 knots. The crew comprises 44 men. The ship can operate various flails and remotely guided and unmanned underwater craft.

The Project 12700 composite minesweepers were designed by the Almaz Design Bureau located in Saint Petersburg. The basic mission of these ships is searching and disposal of mines in the waters of naval stations. They are equipped with sonars based both onboard and on remotely-controlled/standalone submersibles. However, the ships may use traditional sweeping equipment as well. In addition, the minesweepers feature unmanned motorboats.

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[*] posted on 10-1-2020 at 11:13 PM


Russia unveils scale models of new SSBN, upgraded corvettes, and combat icebreakers

Nikolai Novichkov, Moscow - Jane's Navy International

10 January 2020

Scale models of the next-generation Project 585 (Laika-class) nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine (SSBN) under development for the Russian Navy and several updated surface combatants were unveiled during a recent Ministry of Defence board meeting in Moscow. Footage of the scale models was shown by Russian television broadcaster Channel One on 24 December 2019.


A still taken from a news report on Russia's Channel One television station aired on 24 December 2019 shows the Project 585 submarine (left) and upgraded Project 11442M cruiser (centre). (Channel One)

In April 2019 a defence industry source told news agency TASS that the Malachite Design Bureau in St Petersburg had launched research and development (R&D) work for the creation of a fifth-generation SSBN under the codename Laika, following the completion of preliminary design work the previous year.

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[*] posted on 17-1-2020 at 04:05 PM


New Russian amphibious ship prepares for acceptance trials

Tim Ripley, London - Jane's Navy International

16 January 2020



Shipbuilders and state acceptance trials for Russia’s latest amphibious ship are to be combined to speed the vessel’s entry into navy service.

The Project 11711 large landing ship Pyotr Morgunov completed the first phases of its builder’s trials in the Baltic Sea in December 2019, Sergei Mikhailov, a spokesperson for Yantar Shipyard in Kaliningrad, told Russian state news agency TASS on 13 January.

“ Pyotr Morgunov fulfilled a part of the programme of shipbuilders’ sea trials and will again take to the sea in the coming days,” said Mikhailov.

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[*] posted on 20-1-2020 at 08:42 PM


Russian shipbuilders to float out latest minesweeper Project 12700 Yakov Balyayev

Posted On Monday, 20 January 2020 09:49

The Sredne-Nevsky Shipyard in St. Petersburg in Russia’s northwest will float out the Project 12700 fourth serial-produced minesweeper Yakov Balyayev on January 29, the Shipyard’s press office told TASS on Friday.


Launching of the marine minesweeper Ivan Antonov of project 12700 at the Sredne-Nevsky Shipyard JSC (Picture source: Alexander Golperin / RIA Novosti)

"The ship Yakov Balyayev will be floated out on January 29," the Shipyard’s spokesman said.

Project 12700 Alexandrit-class coastal-type minesweepers are referred to the new generation of minesweeping forces and are designated to fight sea mines, including smart naval mines, which the new ships can encounter in the sea and on the seabed without entering the dangerous zone. The minesweepers can employ various sweeps, as well as remotely controlled and autonomous underwater drones. The minesweepers of this Project displace 890 tonnes, are 62 meters long and ten meters wide and have a crew of over 40 men.

Project 12700 mine countermeasures vessels (minesweepers) have their hull made of glass-fibre reinforced plastic. As its advantage, this solution provides for the ship’s higher strength compared to the steel hull. The hull made of the monolith glass-fibre reinforced plastic has a longer service life (up to 30 years) than the hull made of low-magnetic steel while its weight is considerably smaller.

The Project 12700 lead ship Alexander Obukhov was delivered to the Navy in 2016. In late 2018, the Sredne-Nevsky Shipyard transferred the Project’s second (first serial-produced) minesweeper Ivan Antonov to the Navy.

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[*] posted on 21-1-2020 at 07:50 PM


Russian ship designers show latest advanced naval platforms

Nikolai Novichkov, Moscow - Jane's Navy International

20 January 2020


A scale model of the proposed Project 11430E Lamantin-class nuclear-powered aircraft carrier. Source: N Novichkov

More Russian Naval cloud-cuckoo-land...….they haven't got either the Yards or Skills to do this in less than 15-20years or so...…...

Russian shipyards displayed scale models of new project developments during a meeting of Russian military officials and navy commanders in Sevastopol in early January.

Among the items on display was a scale model of a Kalibr-armed version of the Project 20386 medium-sized multi-capability surface combatant. The modified platform features a reinforced armament suite. Two eight-cell 3S-14 vertical launch systems (VLSs) for Kalibr, Tsirkon (Zircon) and Oniks missiles are mounted between the superstructure and the forward-mounted A-190-01 100 mm naval gun in a low-radar signature turret, while two eight-cell 3S.97 VLSs for Redut surface-to-air missiles (SAMs) are located in front of the gun. In addition, two new 57 mm guns capable of striking both aerial and small surface targets have replaced two aft-mounted AK-630 30 mm close-in weapon systems.

In order to incorporate a more powerful armament suite the designers have increased the length and displacement of the baseline ship. The bow features an additional section that incorporates the VLSs. The architecture of the hull's aft and cross-section remains unchanged.

The updated sensor suite also appears to be unchanged, comprising the Zaslon multipurpose radar. The Paket system will shore up the platform's anti-submarine warfare (ASW) capabilities.

Scale models of the Project 1143.5 Kuznetsov-class aircraft carrier and a Project 11430E Lamantin-class aircraft carrier proposed by JSC Nevskoye Design Bureau and unveiled at the 2019 International Maritime Defence Show (IMDS) were also showcased. "Compared to Admiral Kuznetsov , [ Lamantin ] will feature a larger displacement and a nuclear powerplant. It will also carry a drastically larger air wing," the Russian Navy's commander-in-chief Admiral Nikolay Yevmenov told Channel One.

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[*] posted on 23-1-2020 at 09:41 PM


Analysis: Russia to change laws to renew Navy strength

Posted On Wednesday, 22 January 2020 15:28

The Arbitration Court of Moscow said in December 2019 the Defense Ministry filed a claim to Pella Shipyard worth 2.93 bln rubles for breaching the deadline to deliver the lead Karakurt-class corvette of project 22800, the Military-Industrial Courier writes.


Russia hosting main naval parade in St.Petersburg (Picture source: Russian Embassy)

As project 22800 implementation was successful despite problems with engine supplies, the news triggered a scandal.

Pella gave an unprecedented pubic answer and provided documents of the Defense Ministry. They explained that a two-month delay was due to the engagement of the warship in the main Navy parade and events related to the Football World Cup. It was agreed and confirmed by Defense Ministry officials.

However, Pella said the acceptance act was signed on February 25, 2019, although it was actually inked in December 2018 earlier than the agreed delay caused by the parade and football.
The scandal added a fly to the ointment of relations between the ministry and the defense industry. Some private designers and producers said they no longer want to deal with the ministry.

Project 22800 is not only successful. Something incredible happened, as the lead warship was commissioned in a shorter time than Soviet small missile ships of project 1234. It became clear that Russia can build modern warships rapidly, with good quality and cheap. Even the problem with diesel engines for which Zvezda producer is to blame is being rectified after the Russian president interfered.

Are there questions to project 22800? Yes, there are. The main one is its narrow specialization of an assault missile ship. The fleet badly needs a renewal of worn-out brown-water ships with new multirole ones. Project 22800 corvettes can offer a replacement, but the initial project stripped them of antisubmarine warfare capabilities. However, they have a major modernization potential and can develop into effective multirole brown-water warships after an upgrade.

A discussion emerged whether a corvette is better than a coastal weapon. Objectively, both are necessary. A major tactical feature of the new ships is the ability to track adversary naval forces and keep them in missile sight. It is an important and confirmed deterrence in a crisis situation.

There is an opinion that project 22800 success was due to the private ownership of Pella, as shipyards of the United Shipbuilding Corporation (USC) constantly drag construction.

Private enterprise is often more effective than government-owned entities. However, the Almaz designer of the project is government-owned and belongs to USC. There are claims that warships could be constructed faster by Almaz Shipyard. Project 22800 corvette was the first warship to be built by Pella, which mastered military shipbuilding from scratch.

It confirmed that production time can be observed at a reasonable price and trials held successfully. The secret is simple. In most cases, the success of a project depends on shipyard management.

Surprisingly, the most successful project of a Russian warship received no state awards and prizes. It is desirable to restore justice to builders and designers of project 22800 and thus offer an example to the USC.

The Defense Ministry has to analyze the success and problems of the project and introduce the necessary changes into the normative base according to the reality and necessity to quickly renew the Navy strength, the Military-Industrial Courier said.

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Analysis: New Russian aircraft carrier likely to be developed from project 11437 - take 1

Posted On Thursday, 30 January 2020 15:50

More Russian pie-in-the-sky...………...:no: :no: :no:

Two sources in the shipbuilding industry have recently told TASS about the construction of a new Russian aircraft carrier and the deadline for the design of the technical assignment and technological documentation for the uncompleted warship of project 11437. The new aircraft carrier is designed by Nevskoe Bureau, expert Alexander Shishkin writes in his blog.


Ulyanovsk Project 11437 Nuclear-Powered heavy aircraft-carrying cruiser (Picture source: TASS)

The normative documents for the technical assignment said the R&D to develop the Naval Aircraft Carrying Complex is done by the Navy with the participation of its Shipbuilding and Armaments Research Institute upon agreement with the lead contractor NPKB.

One source told TASS the Navy continues to draft the assignment which has to be ready in 2020 and submitted to the USC ahead of the scheduled deadline in 2023. The first reports about the assignment appeared in June 2019. Therefore, its timely completion after 18 months is quite realistic.

The high sophistication and novelty of components (catapult, shipborne AEW aircraft, shipborne fifth-generation Su-57 fighter jet) can drag the rough design. If the current arms program provides appropriations for the R&D, the technical project is likely to be completed by late 2027 and the lead ship laid in the beginning of the next arms program (it took four years from the technical assignment of project 11437 to the laying of the Ulyanovsk warship).

The use of solutions of project 11437 will simplify and accelerate the development of a new aircraft carrier. Naturally, it is impossible to fully build it by the old blueprints, as electronics, radio, nuclear engineering and other fields of science and technology have progressed a lot in 30 years. However, the laws of hydrodynamics and warship theory, strength of materials and durability remained unchanged. Durability characteristics of shipbuilding steel and the rolled stock did not change a lot either.

Available data said the new aircraft carrier will have a displacement ranging from 65000 to 70000 tons. The standard displacement of project 11437 warship fits the range. If the displacement is close to project 11437 and no size increase is necessary due to compact modern equipment, the theoretical blueprints and durability calculations, as well as other research can remain unchanged.

However, old calculations have to be verified and control trials have to be held by the Krylov Scientific Center, but it differs from the design from scratch.

Besides the superstructure, the design will focus on internal compartments, change longitudinal and cross bulkheads, place new equipment in the premises, lay pipelines and cables.

Nevskoe Design Bureau suffered most from the Soviet collapse.

The fleet continued to receive nuclear and diesel-electric submarines, but Russia was incapable of building big warships with a displacement of over 5000 tons. Nevskoe Bureau designed big warships and remained without contracts except for the support to the technical overhaul of the aircraft carrier of project 11435 and endless upgrades of landing ships of project 11711. It had to survive by arms trade with foreign countries.

The workforce was cut to 370 people against 780 in Severnoe Design Bureau.

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Analysis New Russian aircraft carrier likely to be developed from project 11437 - take 2

Posted On Friday, 31 January 2020 14:21

Two sources in the shipbuilding industry have recently told TASS about the construction of a new Russian aircraft carrier and the deadline for the design of the technical assignment and technological documentation for the uncompleted warship of project 11437. The new aircraft carrier is designed by Nevskoe Bureau, expert Alexander Shishkin writes in his blog.


A scale model of the «Lamatin» (project 11430E) aircraft carrier was presented to Russian President Vladimir Puttin during his visit to the Crimean naval city in January 2020 (Picture source: Kremlin.ru)

Cooperation with India helped Nevskoe bureau preserve its competences and train high-level young professionals. The modernization of aircraft carrier of project 11434 for the Indian Navy can be described as "new warship in the old hull ".

However, the new sky jump changed the hull as well. The young staff resumed the abandoned production cooperation in the construction of Vikramaditya aircraft carrier for the Indian Navy. Nevskoe Bureau designed an Indian ground simulator for naval aircraft and produced a technical project of a set of technical means for the Vikrant aircraft carrier built in India.

In 2016, before the warship group led by the Admiral Kuznetsov aircraft carrier sailed to Syria, Nevskoe Bureau designed the means to accommodate multirole MiG-29K/KUB on the warship, specifically the means to keep new aircraft weapons.

At present, Nevskoe Bureau is engaged in the design of technical assignment to restore the readiness and upgrade the Admiral Kuznetsov, technical backup of the work, design of big landing ships of project 11711 of the second series, technical backup to the construction and trials of the Petr Morgunov amphibious assault ship of project 11711, design of prospective aircraft carrier and universal landing ship (annual reports said own investments in 2016-2018 comprised half a billion rubles).

It shows the rumours about the collapse of Nevskoe Bureau are groundless. They appeared after Business Online publication quoted anonymous sources in the United Shipbuilding Corporation who claimed the bureau was on the brink of bankruptcy and landing ships will be designed by Zelenodolsk Bureau. In early 2020, Ak Bars Shipbuilding Corporation presented to the Russian president a project which closely resembled the French Mistral.

The replacement of Nevskoe bureau by Zelenodolsk looks strange. The former is the only organization in the country with a rich 60-year experience of construction of all aircraft carriers and landing ships for the Russian Navy. The experience of Zelenodolsk Bureau is limited by frigates of project 11540 (displacement 4350 tons with one Ka-27 helicopter). It has no experience in amphibious assault ships.

As for Ak Bars project of a landing ship demonstrated in Sevastopol, the speed of its emergence makes one think the company is bluffing. The 2018 annual report of Zelenodolsk Bureau of November 22, 2019, said nothing about universal landing ships. Even if some design was done in 2019, one year is insufficient for rough design of a warship with a displacement of 25000 tons for a non-core design bureau. Besides, only four months remained to the laying of two warships in Kerch when Zelenodolsk presented its Mistral.

Nevertheless, Zelenodolsk has a chance to receive an order for universal landing ship design if there is mental derangement in naval shipbuilding. It remains to believe that reason will triumph, expert Alexander Shishkin said.

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[*] posted on 20-2-2020 at 02:10 PM


Russian large amphibious assault ship puts military hardware afloat during trials

Posted On Wednesday, 19 February 2020 10:06

The Project 11711 large amphibious assault ship Pyotr Morgunov built by the Yantar Shipyard on the Baltic coast has successfully fulfilled a part of the program of its trials, including putting military hardware afloat, Shipyard spokesman Sergei Mikhailov told TASS on Friday.


The large amphibious assault ship (LST) “Peter Morgunov” of project 11711 (Picture source: United Shipbuilding Corporation)

"Over two days, hardware has been put afloat and physical fields have been measured. After that, the large amphibious assault ship returned to the base due to bad weather," the spokesman said.

The trials will continue as soon as the weather improves, he added.

The Pyotr Morgunov made its previous deployment to the sea in December 2019. It was earlier reported that the final stage of shipbuilders’ sea trials aboard the Pyotr Morgunov would be combined with state trials. Shipyard spokesman Mikhailov said in December last year that the shipbuilders planned to deliver the warship to the Russian Navy in the first quarter of 2020.

The baseline Project 11711 lead large amphibious assault ship Ivan Gren was delivered to the Russian Navy in June 2018.

On April 23, 2019, the Yantar Shipyard (part of the United Shipbuilding Corporation) laid down two warships of the modified Project 11711 that will differ from their predecessors by larger displacement, an altered superstructure and the ability to carry two Ka-52K ‘Katran’ attack helicopters.

Head of the United Shipbuilding Corporation Alexei Rakhmanov told TASS at the Army-2019 international arms show that new large amphibious assault ships would be slightly wider and slightly longer while their displacement might reach 8,000 tonnes.

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[*] posted on 20-2-2020 at 02:34 PM


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Analysis New Russian aircraft carrier likely to be developed from project 11437 - take 2

Posted On Friday, 31 January 2020 14:21

Two sources in the shipbuilding industry have recently told TASS about the construction of a new Russian aircraft carrier and the deadline for the design of the technical assignment and technological documentation for the uncompleted warship of project 11437. The new aircraft carrier is designed by Nevskoe Bureau, expert Alexander Shishkin writes in his blog.


A scale model of the «Lamatin» (project 11430E) aircraft carrier was presented to Russian President Vladimir Puttin during his visit to the Crimean naval city in January 2020 (Picture source: Kremlin.ru)

Cooperation with India helped Nevskoe bureau preserve its competences and train high-level young professionals. The modernization of aircraft carrier of project 11434 for the Indian Navy can be described as "new warship in the old hull ".

However, the new sky jump changed the hull as well. The young staff resumed the abandoned production cooperation in the construction of Vikramaditya aircraft carrier for the Indian Navy. Nevskoe Bureau designed an Indian ground simulator for naval aircraft and produced a technical project of a set of technical means for the Vikrant aircraft carrier built in India.

In 2016, before the warship group led by the Admiral Kuznetsov aircraft carrier sailed to Syria, Nevskoe Bureau designed the means to accommodate multirole MiG-29K/KUB on the warship, specifically the means to keep new aircraft weapons.

At present, Nevskoe Bureau is engaged in the design of technical assignment to restore the readiness and upgrade the Admiral Kuznetsov, technical backup of the work, design of big landing ships of project 11711 of the second series, technical backup to the construction and trials of the Petr Morgunov amphibious assault ship of project 11711, design of prospective aircraft carrier and universal landing ship (annual reports said own investments in 2016-2018 comprised half a billion rubles).

It shows the rumours about the collapse of Nevskoe Bureau are groundless. They appeared after Business Online publication quoted anonymous sources in the United Shipbuilding Corporation who claimed the bureau was on the brink of bankruptcy and landing ships will be designed by Zelenodolsk Bureau. In early 2020, Ak Bars Shipbuilding Corporation presented to the Russian president a project which closely resembled the French Mistral.

The replacement of Nevskoe bureau by Zelenodolsk looks strange. The former is the only organization in the country with a rich 60-year experience of construction of all aircraft carriers and landing ships for the Russian Navy. The experience of Zelenodolsk Bureau is limited by frigates of project 11540 (displacement 4350 tons with one Ka-27 helicopter). It has no experience in amphibious assault ships.

As for Ak Bars project of a landing ship demonstrated in Sevastopol, the speed of its emergence makes one think the company is bluffing. The 2018 annual report of Zelenodolsk Bureau of November 22, 2019, said nothing about universal landing ships. Even if some design was done in 2019, one year is insufficient for rough design of a warship with a displacement of 25000 tons for a non-core design bureau. Besides, only four months remained to the laying of two warships in Kerch when Zelenodolsk presented its Mistral.

Nevertheless, Zelenodolsk has a chance to receive an order for universal landing ship design if there is mental derangement in naval shipbuilding. It remains to believe that reason will triumph, expert Alexander Shishkin said.

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Funny how many ‘analysts’ are starting to predict the end of the dominance of the aircraft carrier in naval warfare.

Except, when it is Russia, China or India, building them apparently...




In a low speed post-merge manoeuvring fight, with a high off-boresight 4th generation missile and Helmet Mounted Display, the Super Hornet will be a very difficult opponent for any current Russian fighter, even the Su-27/30
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[*] posted on 21-2-2020 at 09:36 PM


Russia developing mobile radar to track surface ships

Posted On Friday, 21 February 2020 09:46

The Laguna-M relocatable radar that will be able to track more than 200 surface targets in an area of 200 nautical miles is being developed in Russia, the press office of Russia’s RTI Group told TASS.


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"The radar can continuously monitor a 200 nm economic zone at any time of the day and in all weather conditions. Its detection coverage is 120 degrees. The radar can be easily relocated," the press office said.

"The radar will be able to track more than 200 various targets at a time and transmit data on them in real-time," the press office added.

According to the press office, the Laguna-M will detect and track ships and determine their coordinates and movement parameters continuously and automatically. Its capability to select frequencies in automatic mode makes it virtually immune to HF jamming.

The radar is being developed by the NIIDAR Company that is a subsidiary of the RTI Group.

The Laguna-M will operate in a high-frequency band, which will allow it to detect surface targets along the line of sight and beyond the horizon.

The lightweight antenna module will make it possible to install the radar on unprepared sites, which will reduce the relocation time by several times.

According to the developers, it will be possible to use the radar to prevent poaching, smuggling and other illegal activities and determine the coordinates of ships in distress in real-time.

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[*] posted on 21-2-2020 at 10:09 PM


First Be-200 Intended for Russian Navy Takes Flight

by Vladimir Karnozov - February 19, 2020, 12:38 PM


Bort (side number) 20 wore standard Russian Navy markings for its February 14 first flight. (Photo: UAC)

The first Beriev Be-200 twin-engine amphibian built to a specification from the Russian navy has entered trials. It commenced flying on February 14 from the aerodrome of Beriev’s Aeronautical Complex in Taganrog (local acronym TANTK), a member of the United Aircraft Corporation (UAC). This aircraft is a derivative of the Be-200ChS factory standard intended for search-and-rescue (SAR) missions with the added capability of firefighting.

After completion of factory and customer acceptance trials, the aircraft will be handed over to the Russian navy, according to a recent UAC press statement. The Russian defense ministry signed a contract for six aircraft in 2013, only to nullify it four years later through a court ruling over the customer’s dispute with industry. There is no information concerning the MoD placing another order for the type. In all likelihood, the recently flown example might be used as a technology demonstrator in an effort to win both domestic and foreign orders for a military version of the Be-200.

The principal issue with a militarized Be-200 is the fact that the type relies on the D-436 turbofan developed by the Ivchenko-Progress design house and manufactured by Motor-Sich, both located in Ukraine. Even though the Moscow-based Salut plant has mastered a large number of parts of the 16,500-pounds-thrust engine, the remainder is imported. The government in Kiev has placed a ban on military export to Russia following the events in Donbass and Crimea. This means that D-436s could not be sold to the Russian defense ministry and companies associated with it. Civilian export is unrestricted, however, enabling Ukrainian companies to render services to Russian non-military organizations and supply them with new engines and spares.

UAC considered using the PowerJet SaM.146 instead, but about a year ago the Russian government ordered that the Franco-Russian powerplant was inappropriate and that an all-Russian solution be found. This could be achieved through development of the PD-8 engine as a downscaled PD-14, but the process may take several years. It was decided, therefore, that in the course of the next few years all freshly assembled Be-200s would go to Russia’s Ministry for Emergencies (Emercom) that operates a dozen such aircraft (and seeking more) and foreign customers: Azerbaijan (with one aircraft already), China (with a firm order for two plus two options), Indonesia (four), and Chile (two), as well as U.S.-based Seaplane Global Air Services (order for ten).

All of these customers are comfortable with the current-production Be-200ES-E version that comes with a restricted type certificate from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), enabling operators to undertake fire-fighting duties, using the aircraft’s capability to scoop 12 tonnes of water in a single run. So far only China has expressed an interest in an exportable military aircraft based on the current platform.

Despite long talks concerning as many as a dozen examples optimized for SAR and ASW missions, as well as liaison with warships and submarines at sea, Russia’s military is yet to place an order. Beijing has only signed a small contract on firefighting aircraft for the national forestry service. A more substantial order for a military version may not materialize in any case if the AVIC TA600 four-engined amphibian (which debuted at Airshow China 2018) successfully passes trials.
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[*] posted on 24-2-2020 at 08:01 PM


Russian Navy ocean-going warship numbers to be radically reduced

Bruce Jones, London - Jane's Defence Weekly

21 February 2020


By 2027, the Russian Navy should receive at least six of the latest Admiral Gorshkov-class frigates, including this second in class Admiral Kasatonov. Source: Russian Northern Fleet press service

The number of Russian large ocean-going warships is to decrease significantly by 2027. This development and the prospects for large naval vessel construction were discussed at the end of 2019, at a special meeting of the Naval High Command, local military media disclosed on 14 February.

At the end of the State Armaments Programme (GPV) 2018-2027, the aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov and nuclear-powered missile cruiser Admiral Nakhimov should remain in operation.

The Kirov-class Orlan nuclear-powered cruiser Pyotr Velikiy, flagship of the Northern Fleet, and possibly the Atlant-class missile cruisers Moskva (first of class) and Varyag will undergo refits and upgrades.

Russia is troubled by delays to both large naval vessel construction and the acceptance of launched naval vessels that remain undergoing trials and are yet to be commissioned. The delays seem more pronounced than in other navies. As elsewhere, construction capacity has become finite. New yards are being built in the Far East. Further construction capacity was acquired with the annexation of Crimea, but mostly for smaller vessels.

Orders are on the books for the construction of additional Yasen-M nuclear-powered cruise missile submarines and Lada-class diesel-electric submarines. According to sources cited by Flot.com on 14 February, by 2027, the Russian Navy should receive at least six of the latest Project 22350 Admiral Gorshkov-class frigates and probably at least one of the modified Project 22350M series frigates currently under construction.

Naval amphibious forces will be supplemented by two improved Ivan Gren-class landing ships. They should also be joined by two Universal Landing Ships to be laid down by the Zaliv shipyard in Crimea in May 2020.

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Russian frigate fires hypersonic missile for first time

Tim Ripley, London - Jane's Navy International

02 March 2020

A Russian Navy warship has fired an NPO Mashinostroyeniya 3M22 Zircon (Tsirkon) hypersonic missile for the first time during trials in the Barents Sea.

Russian defence minister Sergei Shoigu confirmed the start of the test programme by the Northern Fleet during a meeting of his ministry's board on 28 February.

"The trials of new armament, including hypersonic weapons, continue. All this will make it possible to qualitatively boost the combat potential of the Russian Navy's Northern and other fleets," Shoigu was reported as telling the board meeting by Russian state news agency TASS on 28 February.

The test launch was part of the Northern Fleet's plan of activity for 2019-25, said Shoigu.

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Russia launches new Project 20380 corvette

Tim Ripley, London - Jane's Navy International

13 March 2020

Russia launched its seventh Project 20380 Steregushchiy-class corvette at Severnaya Shipyard in St Petersburg on 12 March.


Retivy during its launch at Severnaya Shipyard on 12 March. (Oleg Kuleshow)

Retivy , which is the fifth ship of the class built at the yard, is intended to serve with the Russian Navy’s Black Fleet. This will make it the first Project 20380 corvette to join the Black Sea Fleet.

Two additional Project 20380-class ships are currently under construction at Severnaya Shipyard and two more are being built at the Amur Shipyard in Komsomolsk-on-Amur, in Russia’s Far East. Three more advanced Project 20385 and 20386 variants of the class are being worked on at Severnaya Shipyard or undergoing sea trials.

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Russian Navy Project 12341 Nanuchka III-class corvette will be fitted with Bal missile system

Posted On Wednesday, 25 March 2020 18:07

The Russian Navy (Voyenno-Morskoy Flot, VMF) is planning to integrate its Project 12341 (NATO reporting name: Nanuchka III-class) corvette ‘Smerch’ (Whirlwind) with the Bal (SSC-6 Sennight) mobile coastal defense missile system (MCDMS), according to the Russian newspaper Red Star (Krasnaya Zvezda).


Russian Navy Nanuchka III-class corvette. (Picture source Twitter Jive Turkey)

“There is a plan to couple the upgraded Project 12341 small missile ship [corvette] ‘Smerch’ to the Bal MCDMS under a joint network. Such an integration will allow the ship and the MCDMS to rapidly share target information and use the organic weapons in a more effective way, dramatically increasing their anti-ship capabilities,” said the Red Star on March 25.

According to the media outlet, the corvette ‘Smerch’ has been issued to the Kamchatka Ship Brigade of Maritime Area Protection, which is a part of the North-West Troops and Forces formation. “Considering a report, according to which all the small missile ships of the brigade are planned to be upgraded, the combining of the Bal MCDMS and the corvettes under a single umbrella seems to be more than real,” noted the newspaper.

The ‘Smerch’ has passed through a deep modernization, according to the Red Star. “All the analogous subsystems of the ship have been replaced with digital units. The surface combatant has been fitted with new powerplants and [an improved] radar. The modernization has drastically increased the combat and tactical potential of the ship. The update has also reduced the surface combatant’s weight by some 50 t, enhancing its maneuverability,” said the newspaper.

Both ‘Smerch’ and Bal are reported to carry the Uran missile system with the Kh-35 (AS-20 Kayak) ASM. The export-oriented variant of the baseline missile, Kh-35E (‘E’ for Export-oriented, Eksportnaya), has a firing range of 5-130 km. The Tactical Missiles Corporation (Korporatsiya Takticheskoye Raketnoye Vooruzheniye, KTRV) has upgraded the weapon: the range of the modernized Kh-35UE (‘UE’ for Upgraded, Export-oriented; Usovershenstvovannaya, Eksportnaya) has been extended to 7-260 km. Both ASMs carry high-explosive fragmentation (HE-Frag) penetrating warheads.

Russia is also updating the target designation devices of the Bal MCDMS. In May 2015, Director General of the concern Morinformsystema-Agat Georgy Antsev told the news agency TASS that the Bal would likely be fitted with a rotary-wing unmanned aerial vehicle that would provide target designation.
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Russian Navy to receive new and overhauled submarines

Nikolai Novichkov, Moscow - Jane's Defence Weekly

25 March 2020


Admiralty Shipyards is building Project 636.3 Improved Kilo-class SSKs for Russia’s Pacific Fleet. Source: Russian MoD

The Russian Navy is set to receive new and overhauled strategic and conventional submarines, the military service’s commander-in-chief, Admiral Nikolai Yevmenov, told Ministry of Defence newspaper Krasnaya Zvezda ( Red Star ) on 18 March.

Admiralty Shipyards, a subsidiary of United Shipbuilding Corporation, is now building Project 636.3 Improved Kilo-class diesel-electric submarines (SSKs) for the Pacific Fleet, according to the admiral. “The first-of-class Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy was delivered to the navy last November, two more submarines, Magadan and Ufa, are now having their sections linked; all three sections of each boat have already gone through hydraulic trials.

The fourth submarine, Volkhov, has begun its mooring tests, and this boat will be manned next month,” he said. The Volkhov SSK will be delivered to the navy this year, while the whole class will be completed by 2022. The fifth submarine, Mozhaysk, is planned to be laid down in 2020, while the construction schedule of the sixth underwater combatant has yet to be defined.

Adm Yevmenov also said that the Black Sea Fleet has already been operating six Project 636.3 SSKs.

The navy is set to receive the overhauled Project 971 Akula-class nuclear-powered attack submarine (SSN) in April. “We are also planning to receive the Project 955A Borey A-class strategic [ballistic missile] submarines [SSBNs] Knyaz Vladimir and Knyaz Oleg, and Project 885M Yasen M-class SSGNs [guided missile submarines] Kazan and Novosibirsk in 2020,” he noted.

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[*] posted on 1-4-2020 at 11:27 PM


Vepr submarine of Russian Northern Fleet successfully completes sea trials

Posted On Wednesday, 01 April 2020 09:37

Russian Navy Commander-in-Chief Nikolai Yevmenov was informed about the completion of the sea stage of trials of the Vepr SSN of project 971 after an overhaul by Nerpa Shipyard (Zvyozdochka affiliate).


Akula-class K-317 Pantera and K-154 Tigr submarines (Picture source: Russian MoD)

"The Vepr returned to the temporary deployment place after the completion of sea trials. It tested systems and equipment in the Barents Sea," Zvyozdochka said.

Yevmenov ordered to analyze test results and prepare the Vepr for the return to the Northern fleet in April. The submarine had numerous equipment and mechanisms restored.

Sources in the Defense Ministry said the onboard equipment will be partially upgraded. The main innovations concern the weapons and torpedo launchers will be adjusted to fire Kalibr missiles. The Defense Ministry and the United Shipbuilding Corporation (USC) have agreed to complete the overhaul in 2023. The submarine is currently at Nerpa Shipyard of the USC. The enterprise is completing the overhaul of the Vepr sub of project 971.

Project 971 SSN is a third-generation submarine. The first of them were handed over to the Navy in the mid-1980s and operated in the Northern and Pacific fleets. They got the current names in the post-Soviet period. They were designated by letters and digits before that.

The K-157 "Vepr" is first of five upgraded Akula-class subs that are about to return to active duty in the Barents Sea.

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Construction of two Russian upgraded Project 11711 large amphibious assault ships behind schedule

Posted On Wednesday, 01 April 2020 14:43

The construction of the first pair of the upgraded Project 11711 large amphibious assault ships at the Yantar Shipyard on the Baltic coast is lagging behind the schedule, a source in the shipbuilding industry told TASS on Tuesday.


New Kaliningrad (Picture source: Vitaly Nevar/TASS)

The Yantar Shipyard (part of Russia’s United Shipbuilding Corporation) has initially built two Project 11711 warships: the Ivan Gren has already been delivered to the Russian Navy. The Pyotr Morgunov is the Project’s second ship. It is expected to be delivered to the Navy in late May.

On April 23, 2019, the Yantar Shipyard laid down two upgraded Project 11711 warships. Yantar officials and also Head of the United Shipbuilding Corporation Alexei Rakhmanov said earlier that the new warships would considerably differ from their Project 11711 predecessors by larger displacement. They will also have one superstructure instead of two and feature a possibility to carry combat helicopters, they said.

Yantar Shipyard CEO Eduard Yefimov said on March 24 that Russia’s Defense Ministry might order more upgraded Project 11711 large amphibious assault ships in addition to the two vessels already laid down.

The Project 11711 lead ship Ivan Gren built at the Yantar Shipyard was delivered to the Russian Navy in June 2018. The shipbuilders are preparing to deliver the second warship of this Project, the Pyotr Morgunov.

The Ivan Gren-class warships can carry 13 main battle tanks or 36 armored personnel carriers (infantry fighting vehicles) and up to 300 marines. The amphibious assault ship can also transport a reinforced marine infantry company with organic military hardware and land it with the use of pontoons.

The amphibious assault ship Ivan Gren is armed with 30mm six-barrel artillery systems and two Kamov Ka-29 transport/attack helicopters in its deck hangars.

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[*] posted on 2-4-2020 at 02:27 PM


No big surprise here, they've not delivered anything on time since the year blot!
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