PapaDragon wrote:hoom wrote:.............
Well, other than 20385, 20386, 22350, 22350M...In fact, there is no alternative to the Project 11356 frigates.
Or this is an acknowledgement that those won't be properly functional or producable in noteworthy numbers for some time................
Nah, they say this for almost every ship type.
Kinda like naval version of ''no foreign analogues'' shtick...
I think that there is some valid point here.
I am not going to take the 20385 into consideration because only two will be made and will cost far more that they should (as I understand).
20350 is a great ship, but it's still a HEAVY corvette with "only" 12 medium SAM's at best and 8 subsonic anti ship missiles, very god ASW sensors but only "short" range torpedoes and lest not forger a fiberglass superstructure, call me old fashion but steel is steel.
The 20386 wont be ready after 2020 and they are still suffering from all the down sides the the 20350 are to, will the containerized Kalibr be there, nobody knows (lets be honest), and if so, why the 8 subsonic missiles, is makes no sense, they should have had the Kalibr's as permanent not optional. That is the whole point of it, that gives it the power to attack a much bigger destroyer. As far as the stealth, it has its place, no question, but on the open sea its all useless without strong offensive weapons.
Adm. Grigorovic is an all steel guided missile frigate that is build on top of a proven design, and that, so far, did far more in action then 20350's ever could. The weapons are well balanced and strong and there is still place for plenty of mods and upgrades.
The only new ship in the RNF that is build right now and can out class it is the Gorshkov's, it's a great ship no question there, but we all now what is the problem here, the building is slow (no need to get into why), the first one might be commission some time after summer of this year, the second one and the end on the next year, and the third one probably at the end of 2019.
On the other side the Grigorovic is having an impact right now and judging by the picture above, Adm. Istomin will be at the level of Adm. Butakov in a moth or so, Adm. Kornilov by the first third of the next year at the latest, once the turbines are ready they will all be commissioned relatively quickly from one another. If all goes well all six will be in the fleet by the end of 2019.
As mentioned above it makes sense to make a few more of them with more upgrades.