x_54_u43 wrote:During the interview with the Yantar employee, he stated that the volume of the vessel doubled, pretty impressive.
Kind of interesting to see how quickly Russian Navy demanded new designs and refinements to the vessels it was procuring and operating, first Ivan Gren expanding impressively, then the new helicarriers going from 20k to 40k tons(at what was reported to us, it could have been the plan all along), plus along with Mercuriy class and now we will see what will happen when SevVerf finishes construction of it's covered boathouse, they will laid down Super-Gorshkov immediately, it's reported to be 8k displacement but that too will likely increase as RuNavy desires to operate further and more effectively from Russian shores.
That is a general result of changing conditions&skills of Russian shipbuilding as a whole. The thing we talked aside.
And how rapid this process can be, let me put it to the perspective.
In the beginning of the 00s, Korea and Japan constituted for almost 80% of the world's market, with China being third, and with ... 5% share. The whole EU was slightly above 10% of the market share, and the mighty Murica ... 0.25%.
Yup, zero point twenty five.
00s were extremely interesting from the business perspective, because several things happened, same time.
First, due to currency ratios and PPP, Japan's shipyard industry rolled into constant unprofitability, making them less and less capable to compete. This process began a decade earlier, but gained real momentum in the 00s.
Second, some other players appear on the scene, and that was Croatia - an extremely profitable and advanced business before dissolution of the Yugoslavia, Poland - that gained the momentum in the 90s, and with some turbulances, but jumped into 00s with several shipyards, and last but not least, GDR yards were finally reconstructed, retooled, and started to operate as one organism.
But Europe was already incapable to compete with the booming Chinese.
It took the Chinese only 15 years, to become the world's shipyard, bypassing Korea and Japan. Its share tenfold.
And we face just the same result in Russia, just started with some time shift due to severe economic condition of Russia in the 90s.
We are witnessing the same momentum, and we will see more and more fleet being born, with bigger and bigger hulks.
The west did its best to paralyze the revival of the Russian Navy, and succeded for about half a decade. But seems it is a history already.