GarryB wrote:And it is less than one giant gas transport ship too, but the smaller ships they are making are vastly more valuable to the Russian Navy than one or two really big ships.
The small ships have lots of issues to work out but because their new ships are modular, the future bigger ships are made of the same pieces, though with more pieces of course.
The problems of wiring in and integrating a UKSK launcher in a corvette has a lot of problems because the launcher is brand new and previously unused, but now they have fitted them and used them in Corvettes and Frigates and soon they will have an enlarged frigate in the water too... these are all normal and necessary development steps needed to be taken to get this right without unpleasant surprises.
Obviously as they start to build bigger and bigger ships the construction rate measured in displacement tons is going to increase massively.
The last ten years with 73K tons of ships.... well in the next ten years there are going to be two 40K ton helicopter carriers, in addition to everything else they are going to be making, so we can expect that to be a record increase in tonnage as well.
In some ways I agree with you and in some ways I don't. Garry, Sevmash has delivered 4 submarines in the last two years with a total displacement of 73,000 tons ..
Only nuclear submarines handed over to the RN just for 2020 and 2021;
* 2020; K-549 Knyaz Vladimir (955A),
* 2021; K-552 Knyaz Oleg (955A), K-561 Kazan (885M), K-573 Novosibirsk of the project 885M.
That’s 48,000 tons of full displacement for two 955A Borey-A submarines. As for the 855M Yasen-M submarine, they are about 9 meters shorter than the 855 Yasen project, so I think their displacement is lower. Let it be that each submarine of the 885M project has about 12,500 tons of full displacement (compared to 13,800 at K-560 Severodvinsk), which is 25,000 tons for two submarines.
Two Borei-A with 48 000 tons and two Yasen-M with 25 000 tons = 73 000 tons
. JUST in twoo years.
And if we count the non-nuclear submarines handed over to the Russian fleet from 2014 to 2021, the situation is even worse for surface warships.
From 2014 to 2021, 9 submarines of the 636.3 project were handed over to the Russian fleet, and each of these submarines has a full displacement of 3950 tons or 9 x 3950 = 35550 tons.
That difference will increase even more when Sevmash hands over additional 955A, 885M and 09851 submarines in the next few years. And there is the K-329 Belgorod, the only 09852 submarine- 30 000 tons monster. Of course, the Admirality shipyard will further widen the gap with the construction of Project 636.3 submarines and (hopefully) an increasing number of Project 677 submarines.
And who is the most effective ? Sevmash and Admirality shipyard, but the planners of the Russian Ministry of Defense also have an influence on that. Russian surface warships have no chance in a duel with a submarine component - at least not in the foreseeable future.