Admiral Nakhimov has no SS-N-14 launcher. Only Kirov (Adm. Ushakov) had it.
Yes, that is because in the later vessels they carried the SS-N-15 in their 10 torpedo tubes that pretty much did the same thing as SS-N-14 in a more compact arrangement that was all ready to fire and with faster ballistic rockets delivering torpedos against enemy subs...
Replacing them with UKSK tubes to carry the anti sub missiles means you could load up the 10 torpedo launchers with Paket anti torpedo torpedoes... which would be much more useful.
True, my point was, plese dont mix CM tubes with AAD ones. Even is both use USKS-Ms 100+ re for CMs.
But the UKSK-M launcher is supposed to be a fully universal launcher that might take SAMs too... we don't really know for sure.
It just means instead of x number of UKSK cruise missile tubes plus x number of SAM missile tubes, there will be x + x UKSK-M tubes that can be loaded with various load options... it also means you could place SAMs all round the ship instead of a specific area, which would be important for CIWS missiles like 9M100.
The first years the ship is in service they probably wont have that many to put on that ship as they will likely have them on ground launchers and launchers on trains and trucks.
BTW are you aware about an arsenal ship concept? this is INSTEAD of CVN
An arsenal ship is instead of a CVN in the US navy... in the Russian navy the CVNs purpose is aerial protection and detection with fighters and AWACS aircraft... an arsenal ship would not be any good at that... no matter how many SAMs it carried.
One Arsenal ship would be a very good escort for a CVN, add a couple of SSNs and an SSGN, and perhaps a helicopter carrier, plus a couple of destroyers and a few support ships and you would have something there...
Russia to build 2 Lider-class nuclear-powered destroyers by end of 2020s — source
So they are planning to have them operational at about the time they might also have the Kuznetsov back in service and possibly a new CVN entering the water...
A delay of the commission of the first unit of the project 23560 until 2026 or later would mean that the important number of redundant auxiliary ships developped in the last years finally would have a negative impact in the development of the key projects of the current new generation of Russian armament.
I think it would be a mistake to assume because they are delaying an arsenal capital ship for half a decade means they will not build anything else... they can upgrade Kirovs and Slavas and the Kuznetsov and get some real destroyers into production and actually make some Frigates and Corvettes in decent numbers too in the mean time, which could all benefit from support ships.
It is likely they will develop a helicopter landing class ship for the Pacific and Northern fleets, which will also require support ships too.
The dates are confusing. To build 2 of them by 2020 but dev work to begin in 2021
Not confusing at all... they will have built 2 of them by the end of the 2020s as they say... 2029 is the end of the 2020s BTW.
In practice its napkin drawing at this point.
To be fair we have no idea what level its design is at this point.
As the new design will be modular and the modules will be things like UKSK-M and various other modules of weapons or sensors or other items, they really just need to design a hull shape and then fit all the bits together...