Dima wrote:There is and always was a good solution to fulfill the corvette numbers and and I always mentions it and once more saying.....Pr.11661 Gepard class is the way to go. I personally like that design coz its a very practical one.PapaDragon wrote:
Well in light of this news I think we can all agree that Russian corvette program is complete dead end.
While they wait for engines smartest thing to do would be to design entirely new model and finally put the whole Steregushi corvette fiasco to bed.
Vietnam's next two Gepard 3.9 is getting ready and I feel not ordering 11661 for the Russian navy might bring us to the same situation as what happened with the pr.11356..... its after so many years that Russia realized that not continuing the 11356 production after the completion of the first three units for Indian Navy was a big mistake. And when they indeed started it, the time was just too late with only half the capacity likely to be fulfilled. I know the financial situations and politics that have likely played in the decision making process...not venturing into it coz then we will have to talk a lot including the utter lack of vision and strategy for promotion (Venezuela, Libya) during the period which could have negated the lack of initial startup capital for restarting/continuing the production.
My plan/wishlist for 11661 has been on the version with a hanger incorporated... with the new canistered BuK-M3 AD system, the possibility of even smaller tonnage ships getting (as a carrier) a good medium-long range AD missile looks promising.
Tartarstan already have those Kaliber tubes and was put to good use against international terrorists in Syria, so the next series of 11661 only need to take it from there.
Specs that I would like to see for Gepard 3.9 are
8 x Kaliber/Yakhont/Klub
12 - 24 x canistered AD missiles replacing 8 x 3M24
2-4 x podded Zhuk-A based radar/illuminator for AD missiles
2 x Palma
Such a modernized/optimized 11661 would be a good multipurpose corvette and will do good to enhance Russian Navy's 'soldiers' on the ocean. I would like to see a proliferation of these powerful units in the Black Sea, Mediterranean (Tartous, Latakia) and Baltic which will free up the Frigates and Destroyers and supplement them in firepower when needed.
11661 Gepard corvette have the same problem, engines from Ukraine. Vietnam got engines from Ukraine, Russia will not. There is better solution in 22160 patrol ships, which most probably have domestic diesel engines and they could as well be equipped with Redut air defense and if they equip it with sonar and Paket torpedo complex, they got multipurpose corvette, which could be built very fast. Zelenodolsk built 22160 ship in two years.