Russian Navy to upgrade Kuznetsov

According to some Russian news sources a contract has been signed for a modernisation of the Russian Navy’s sole aircraft carrier.

The modernization will focus on the aircraft carrier’s flight deck, including replacement of the deck covering, tailhooks, aircraft arresting gear and other elements of the take-off system.

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A contract between the Russian Ministry of Defense (MoD) and state-owned United Shipbuilding Corporation (USC) for the modernization and overhaul of the Admiral Kuznetsov has finally been signed last month, following a long delay due to contractual disputes between the two sides.

Russia’s deputy defence minister for procurement, Yuri Borisov, has stated in April that the entire re-fit would be complete by the end of 2020 and the ship back in service in 2021.

Admiral Kuznetsov, commissioned in 1990, is the sole carrier of the Russian Navy and has deployed intermittently following the collapse of the Soviet Union.


The First ship of Russian Navy Project 22160 Corvette Started Sea Trials

The first project 22160 corvette, Vasily Bykov, started sea trials in April to join service this year. The Black Sea Fleet is to receive six patrol ships of the class by 2020.

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JSC Zelenodolsk plant is building six patrol ships of the Project 22160 class that is named after A. M. Gorky and intended for use by the Russian Navy’s Black Sea Fleet command. The vessels are designed by Russian ship designing firm JSC Severnoye Design Bureau.

The vessels are primarily intended for duties such as patrol, monitoring and protection in the exclusive economic zone (EEZ) and territorial waters of Russia in open and closed seas. It can also be used to offer protection for ships in transit, water areas as well as naval bases against enemy attack in wartime.

Other missions of the patrol ship are search and rescue, assistance to disaster victims, environmental monitoring, and combat smuggling and piracy activities.

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The vessel is 94m-long, 14-m-wide, and 3.4m-high. Patrol speed: 16 knots. Maximum speed: 30 knots. Displacement:1,700-1,800 tons (according to different sources). Endurance: 60 days. Range: 6,000 miles at patrol speeds. Complement: up to 80. The sailors will be quite at home in special design cabins. They’ll have a gym with basketball nets, a library and a sauna.

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Russian frigate Admiral Gorshkov sea trials

The Project 22350 frigate is designed for especially surface and anti-submarine warfare. But the ships have also great capacity as an air defence frigate.

The Project 22350 frigate has a displacement of 4,550 tons and a length of 135 meters. She has 65,000 hp power for propulsion system with a combined diesel and gas turbine engines.

Russia ready to start serial production of marine gas turbine engines

The Russian enterprise “UEC-Saturn” ready to start serial production of marine gas turbine engines for the Russian Navy.

The factory has a portfolio of relevant orders from the Russian defense ministry, told reporters the Managing Director of “Saturn” Victor Polyakov.

From 2014 to 2017 “Saturn” conducted the development of three different marine propulsion with a capacity of 27,500 and 10,000 horsepower.

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As known; Ukraine has refused to manufacture gas turbines for Russian Navy after the Crimea Conflict in 2014. First three ships of the Project 11356 Frigate had their turbines from Ukraine but the other 3 had to wait for Russia to develop and manufacture these turbines.

So this manufacturing move will ensure Russia‘s independence from imports from the Ukraine, previously supplied gas turbine engines.

Russian Navy received 3rd Ship of Project 11356 frigate (Admiral Grigorovich Class)

Baltic Shipbuilding Plant “Yantar” has delivered the Admiral Makarov frigate, third ship of Project 11356, to Defence Ministry of the Russian Federation on the last days of 2017.

Sea trials of the Admiral Makarov frigate commenced in October 2016, they were held in the Baltic Sea and in the Barents Sea. And the acceptance/delivery certificate has been signed on 25 December 2017.

The Admiral Makarov was laid down on February 29, 2012, launched on September 2, 2015. Yantar Shipyard is to build a series of six frigates of Project 11356. The first two ships of the project, The Admiral Grigorovich and the Admiral Essen frigates, were delivered to the customer in 2016.

Project 11356 frigates have Kalibr-NK cruise missiles with a range of 1200 miles and the Shtil-1 medium-range surface-to-air missile system.

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Kaliningrad-based Baltic Shipbuilding Plant “Yantar” (Yantar Shipyard) was founded on July 8, 1945 on the basis of a Koenigsberg unit of German’s Schichau Werft. Yantar Shipyard specializes in building and repair of warships and civil boats. Throughout the years the Shipyard has built 160 warships and more than 500 merchant vessels. The Russian Government holds majority stake in the shipbuilding firm through Western Center of Shipbuilding, a subsidiary of state-owned United Shipbuilding Corporation.

Russia to Lay Down 6th Project 22160 Corvette

The Zelenodolsk shipbuilding yard in the Russian Republic of Tatarstan has held a keel-laying ceremony for its 6th Project 22160 patrol ship on 13 January 2018

Russian Deputy Defense Minister Yuri Borisov said project 22160 was designed for counterterrorist operations and the fight against sea piracy which is widely spread in the Middle East area. “The project was designed to protect the seas without escorting civilian vessels and spending the resource of warships on that. We ordered six such corvettes,” he said.

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The Project 22160 ships are intended for economic zone patrol, search-and-rescue operations, anti-piracy and anti-smuggling activities, environmental monitoring, as well as coastal defense and escort service, according to the shipyard. They have a speed of 30 kt, range of 6,000 nautical miles and are armed with a single 57mm cannon, heavy machine guns, air defense system and missile launchers.

Featuring modular design, the Project 22160-class patrol ship is 94m-long, 14-m-wide, and 3.4m- high, has a standard displacement of 4,550t, and can accommodate up to 80 personnel.

Russia Lays Keel of First Two of Six Varshavyanka-class (Project 636.3)

The Varshavyanka-class (Project 636.3) is an improved version of Kilo-class submarines that features advanced stealth technology, extended combat range and the ability to strike land, surface and underwater targets.

Russia currently has 6 Project 636.3 vessels commissioned into service with the Black Sea Fleet and this package is being built for the Passific Fleet.

“The [production] cycle of a submarine is decreasing, becomes less than three years. That is why we will look forward to the new submarines and we will run up a flag of the Russian Navy when in 2019 you hand over first two submarines to us” Deputy Defense Minister Yuriy Borisov said in the keel lying ceremony.

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Ceremony in Admiralty Shipyard 28.07.2017

The diesel-electric submarine has a maximum speed of 10–12 knots surfaced (18–22 km/h) and 17–25 knots submerged (31–46 km/h). A submerged displacement is around 4,000 tons. Fifty-two sailors are needed to operate the sub, which displaces 3,100 tons and can maintain continuous patrol for 45 days.

The first of the six diesel-electric submarines of project 636.3 Varshavyanka-class (improved Kilo-class) for the Pacific fleet – the Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky – will be handed over to the Russian Navy in November 2019, Admiralty Shipyard Director General Alexander Buzakov said during the keel-laying ceremony. The last if six SSK is set to be delivered in 2022. Project 636.3 submarines are fitted with Kalibr missiles for strike at surface (anti-ship 3M-54 and 3M-541 missiles) and ground targets (cruise missiles 3M-14) and have upgraded radio-electronic equipment.

After years of inattention, Russia has embarked on an ambitious submarine-building program as part of its larger military modernization.

Russia launches 6th ship of The Project 20380 (Steregushchy-class corvette)

The launching ceremony has been held on 28th July at the Amur shipbuilding yards in the Far East of Russia.

Gromkiy is the sixth corvette in the Steregushchy-class and is expected to be delivered to the navy in 2018.

The Navy plans to have least 20 project 20380 corvettes for all four major fleets. Four ships of this class have already joined the Baltic Fleet.

The main missions include protection of territorial waters, exclusive economic zone, continental shelf, offshore areas, naval bases and ports. The Steregushchy class can be deployed in coastal patrol, escort and anti-submarine warfare (ASW) operations, as well as to support amphibious assaults. The corvette can engage surface ships, submarines, aircraft and shore-based targets.

The corvette has the following characteristics:

– Displacement: standard: 1,800 tons, full: 2,200 tons

– Length: 104.5 m (343 ft), beam: 11.6 m (38 ft), draught: 3.7 m (12 ft)

– Speed: 27 kn (50 km/h; 31 mph)

– Range: 3,800 nmi (7,000 km; 4,400 mi) at 14 kn (26 km/h; 16 mph)

– Endurance: 15 days

The ship features an aft hangar and flight deck for a single Ka-27 ASW helicopter.



1st ship of Russia’s 20385 Corvette Program, Gremyashchy has been launched

“Gremyaschy”, the first of 20385 Corvette Project  was launched at the Severnaya Verf Shipyard  in St. Petersburg on June 30, 2017.

According to the Northern Shipyard, a Project 20385 corvette has a displacement of 2,500 tonnes, a length of 106 m, a width of 13 m, a speed of up to 27 knots, a cruising range of 3,500 nautical miles, an endurance of 15 days and a crew of 99 naval servicemen. Its armament suite incorporates a 100 mm A-190-01 naval gun, two 30 mm AK-630M close-in weapon systems (CIWS), a Kalibr-NKEh missile system, a Redut naval surface-to-air (SAM) missile system, a Paket anti-submarine system and a Ka-27 anti-submarine warfare shipborne helicopter. The ship is powered by two 1DDA-12000 diesel-diesel engines by JSC Kolomna Plant.


The corvette`s harbor acceptance test is scheduled for August with its delivery to Russia`s Ministry of Defence by end-2018.