The comparison is fair because is not a Fairness contest. Of which have the best frigate. In case of War ,NATO will not say..lets bring Frigates and corvettes only because Russia is at disadvantage.. So is totally Fair to compare what will represent the backbone of Russia navy ,the one they plan to build more versus the more common warships that Russia will have to face.
Do you think Russia would send Frigates and Corvettes to engage NATO cruisers?
If they did do you think the missiles they fire would be conventional HE or plutonium based?
What do you expect Russia to do... start building 4 carriers... and then building four cruisers to escort them and then build destroyers and then start with the Frigates and Corvettes?
With the new design paradigm of standardisation and multi purpose design it just makes sense to both start with the smallest sized ships and to work slowly to get it right and test it thoroughly... with every ship in the navy carrying UKSK bins they need to be properly tested now. Equally the Redut/Poliment system is complex and very capable... the naval guns being developed are also a case of a generational step... a 100mm gun the size and weight of a 76.2mm gun... a 130mm gun the size and weight of a 100mm gun etc etc you get a patrol boat with the gun fire power of a frigate and a frigate with the gun fire power of a destroyer etc.
The number Russia was looking at a few years back, which were 30 to begin with was clearly just a fantasy. Then the number of Gorshkov frigates was reduced to between 15 and 20.
I have never seen figures of 30 suggested, 15-20 would be a sensible number... compared with the Krivak frigate... of which there were about 40 built the Gorshkov has 4 times the main weapon fire power with two UKSK launchers carrying 16 ready to fire missiles. Compared with the Krivaks standard 4 SS-N-14 anti sub/anti ship missiles the goshkov could carry 4 anti sub missiles of a far more capable type and still have 12 tubes left for anti ship or land attack missiles.
Comparing it will the Soviet destroyers.. Sovremeny had 8 supersonic anti ship missiles... gorshkov could carry twice that number of much faster much longer ranged missiles... Onyx has a range of at least 500km compared with Moskits 120km range.
The Udaloy could carry 8 anti sub/anti ship SS-N-14s so in effect the Gorshkov could carry 8 anti sub missiles and 8 Onyx missiles and do the job of both the Sovremmeny AND the Udaloy. One Frigate able to perform the roles of two destroyers... yeah... sounds like crap. not.
Taking a bit longer to get into serial production... a fully multi role ship able to engage both surface, subsurface, land, and aerial targets... I wonder why that might take some extra time. But when it is ready they will be able to produce them like Kilos or Talwars...
Today, in July 2014, it is definitely clear that Russia is lucky if they even produce 8 Gorskhovs by 2020.
Based on what?
Do you think the first one will take longest or the last one?
BTW when was the last time the number planned to be built was actually built of anything?
Plans change... it is part of good planning practise.
And it's not even close to modern destroyers out there such as Arleigh Burkes,
Arleigh Burke entered service last century and is two and a half decades old... and is a cruiser.
The U.S. already has 62 Arleigh Burkes + more Burkes on the way and 3 Zumwalts, which is pretty sick. No 6-8 Gorshkovs can stop that, ever, in any way.
WTF are you talking about?
Perhaps I should say... what an enormous waste of money those NATO cruisers and destroyers are because they can't stop SS-18s and SS-29s.
The US is building large numbers of ships because it has a global empire to punish and police... only a moron would demand Russia build a navy to match NATO... you might as well demand Iran builds a naval fleet of Nimitz beating carriers, or North Korea build more than 2,700 light 5th gen stealth fighters because that is how many the US intended to make.
Who CARES how many ships NATO or the US has... it is totally irrelevant!
You don't fight wars with Frigates and Corvettes... they have other uses... which don't include pushing back NATO hordes. They will likely find eventually that 20 odd Frigates will be useful and that is how many they will build.
The Gerald R Ford class is delayed several times too.
Not to mention the ship that was supposed to replace the AB... Zumwalt... or is that a dirty word? wanting 30... but now thinking 3 is too many...
The funny thing is it has the potency of a destroyer, on a much smaller chassis. Just with generally less weapons, but the performance corresponds to much larger ships.
The fact that they have packed that sort of performance in such a low displacement vessel is ignored by so many.
In terms of electronics these vessels are also using the Sigma system... for those ignorant westerners who don't understand... Sigma=AEGIS except it is to be installed on all Russian vessels so they all share information/weapons/sensors.
I guess "hot air" does "produce frigates", or I don't think it does.
It took two decades to break their ship building industry do you think they should be out producing the US and NATO in 2020 or 2021?
... see the problem is that if they ever find themselves producing a navy that can take on all of NATO and win then I think Russia would be in bad economic shape.
I know it's a totally new design. The point is, it doesn't excuse the fact that Gorskhov is waaaay behind the projected commission. It's just a fact.
You mean in the same way that only four of the core new technologies the Zumwalt is supposed to have out of 12 are actually working?
Hmmm.. it seems that packing the firepower of two Soviet Destroyers into the hull of a Frigate is not as easy as it used to be when they weren't making any in the 1990s.
We have to be rational here, and I think most people are very dissapoined about the speed of building regarding Gorskhov.
I am sure a fanboi that expects Russia to defeat those evil backstabbing Americans might expect instant results, but modelling for ships is not the same as for other products... the first example produced is subject to very careful scrutiny and testing because it is really the only example and only sensible example for testing and evaluating to see if projections and estimates would be right or not... it is expensive and slow, but when you have it right then production becomes fairly straight forward... when you make a few of them you can actually work out different ways to do things faster and cheaper... but you have to ignore all the whiny fanbois who just want to brag on other forums anyway abut being the best... whatever that means.
Being the only superpower didn't help the US in Somalia... less of a badge and more of a target if you ask me.
Russia won't be able to have more than 6 Gorshkovs by 2020 anyway. 8 would be "pure heaven", but that's not realistic.
And how many do you think they will need?
Frigates are not long range vessels normally and will usually operate with shore based air support...
Most likely 1st one commissioned next year (2015). 2nd in 2016. 3rd in 2017. 4th in 2018. 5th in 2019 and 6th in 2020.
Assuming they lay down one a year and that production remains at the pace of the first boat. I would suggest that when the main gun is ready and the other systems are ready it will take rather less actual building time to make them and 2-3 per year could easily become a normal rate.
I know that the U.S. is very late with their F-35 and Gerald Ford. However, the point I am trying to make is to compare the level where Russia is struggling compared to where the U.S. is struggling.
Russia is struggling with a "heavy" frigate while the U.S. is struggling with an 110.000 tonn AC that can be filled up with 90+ F-35s. So I hope you see the difference in the "level of struggle" between Russia and the U.S.
AFAIK the Gorshkov is having problems with its main gun... once that is sorted out do you think other problems will slow them down?
A better question is after 20 years of no work and obsolete construction methods and tools and of course no money for pay or maintainence... WTF is Americas excuse?
The F-35 is struggling because it is trying to be an F-22 version of an F-16, F-18, Tornado, Rafale, Harrier, even talk of A-10 but I don't believe it.
So I am just frustrated that Gorskhov has taken this long to build and wish it was built earlier and faster.
Yeah, you are frustrated... but then what do you actually know about the situation?
For all we know it was ready 5 years ago but has been waiting for the main gun and the AESA radar for its SAM defence system. If that is the case then once those two problems have been sorted out you might find production increases dramatically... but that doesn't mean 72 Gorshkovs by 2020... they simply don't need that many.
EDIT: Although it is fair to say some posters here are obsessed with US failures to a weird degree. WHatcha gonna do.
Because they are largely ignored in the west, while the focus on anything to do with Russia is the failures.
there was a documentary on the Documentary channel a while back about secrets of sub warfare. the episode that mentioned Russia talked exclusively about the Kursk submarine sinking. the british one talked about mini sub raids on german ships and all sorts of exotic fun stuff, and of course the US segment, which was the majority of the programme was about the Virginia class SSN and how advanced and shiny and wonderful they are.
There is one short range or long range 9M96 missile per cell. No more, no less.
They differ in length, not width
Perhaps the key is Redut is for Redut? Perhaps for larger vessels there will be larger launchers that can take full calibre 400km range and 250km range SAM missiles that can take 4 Redut missiles per tube?
This would allow larger ships to carry one type of SAM vertical launcher but mix up the load carried to meet the needs of the operation/theatre.
Im now confused.. Others say the Gorshkov have , 2 × 8 UKSK VLS cells fitted with 16 Club or Kalibr missiles. This is not the same
of Kirov that could carry 20.
My mistake. The new Russian destroyers are supposed to have 4 UKSK launchers.
On Sam defenses i dont think we can compare the 96x S-300's (150km range) with about ~170 other small range SAM defenses. ,vs ..........32x of the Gorshkov sam missiles
The original Rif missiles had a range of 90km. And also the 20 Granits had a range of 500-700km but could only attack ships. The 16 tubes on the frigate can carry 500km range supersonic anti ship missiles or 2,500km range land attack cruise missiles, or anti sub missiles... far more flexible if lacking in combat persistence.
Is it possible for the Redut cells to hold 40N6-like-missiles? I'm pretty sure they would need the space of 4 cells, but could the Gorshkovs still hold them?
That is a good question. I suspect no.
Peter the Great is (as you know) much larger, which equates to a much larger target. - In which case Gorshkovs are nice to "have around".
Think of it in terms of chess... you don't want all pawns, but then all bishops would be limiting too.
I can only hope all next-gen RU ASMs are built to the UKSK standard, which I believe (?) they are.
AFAIK zirconium will be UKSK compatible.
Bummer, that would've been great.
Well for a Corvette or Frigate the usefulness of 250km or 400km range SAMs would have been less than practical, but just because it has 32 tubes for Redut does not mean it will carry 32 missiles.
There will be 8 SOSNA-R missiles on the Palash CIWS and most likely if the 9M96 missiles use one tube each I would suspect the much smaller and lighter and slimmer 9M100 would allow rather more than 1 missile per tube.
the 9M100 is supposed to be a very compact small short range missile for all services so I would suspect quite a few could be packed into a 9M96 tube.
especially when the video shown seems to suggest quite a bit of wasted space around the redut missile for its launch tube. Perhaps one Redut tube can hold one 9M96 missile and 4 9M100 missiles... but if the tube is long enough for the long redut missile then perhaps two layers of 9M100 missiles could allow 8 missiles to be carried per tube?
This could allow loadings like 64 9M100 missiles for close in vessel protection (which would equate to two Kashtan-Ms, but without the two decks of space for missile reloads), and leave 24 tubes for the 9M96... perhaps 6 150km range and 18 60km range missiles.