I really think.. Russia needs to get rid of their big surface warships and have vast majority
their surface attack warships no bigger than a corvette. with as many sailors as possible.
Because surface navy is really vulnerable and exposed.. Can be seen from space its location
and even a cheap torpedo or two can sink a destroyer ,with hundreds of sailors .. It will be
far better if Russia replace 1 Slava class.. for x10 patrol boats and then spread them.
That way is a major attack/accident or provokation happens.. that your warship is
attacked ,instead of losing 500 sailors , you lose just x12-x20. Many mini warships /corvettes or extended range patrol boats can cover far more sea area and significantly raise the awareness of the radars ,by being in many places deployed.. instead of just one place like is the case of big warships.
Build a couple dozen of this warships
To do the offensive job of one destroyer.They could be armed with 1 or 2 Onyks missiles and
Igla-S or better man pads. They can be used as early warning system ,deployed withing 30km to 60km distance of an Aircraft carrier.. and monitor in case of any attack any enemy planes flying low or incoming torpedo or low flying missile. with their manpads could even intercept
cruise missiles way earlier than they get close to any major warships or aircraft carrier.
We only need to see how have been real life experience about Naval warfare.. Israel lost a top of the line destroyer to 2 egyptian patrol boats.. armed with Russian torpedos.. And Hezbolah wiped a modern Israeli corvette without even having a navy.. just launching a land to water chinese very cheap modified torpedo ,they got from IRAN. Then you have the british Navy, that lose a BIg warship by just 2 cheap anti-ship missiles launched by the argentian airforce launched from obsolete planes they have. They sneak into the British navy by flying low.
Even a low flying drone that could hug the sea surface can sink a destroyer..
This means that when it comes to navy ,you can be far more effective with more cheaper,smaller and more mobile warfare. I really consider having a Huge Warship a big Risk.. like putting all your eggs in one basket.. One destroyer for Pacific and another for Northern sea should be enough if Russia see a need to travel far away of its land... the rest should be patrol boats and corvettes very well armed. You could have for example small corvettes with Ka-52 naval hellicopters armed with Onix missiles. And it could be very economically cost /effective ,more than building many destroyers with thousands of sailors.
THere is also the aspect of politics.. the political cost of any president losing a destroyer in any small war conflict will be very high.. one lucky cheap torpedo or a mine in the right place ,can send to the button of the sea a kirov class cruiser,losing many hundreds of sailors. The major unrest you will get in your cities will be the worse part.. compare that of losing a patrol boat with just 10 sailors.. vs losing a kirov class with near 800 sailors. Huge difference. If both can launch an Onyks missile..then why bother building Big warships ,if small patrol boats can use the same weapons. Patrols Boats does not need S-400s.. Hellicopters launching Decoys and counter jamming electronics will fool any missile. All said.. I really think Russia Navy should
be mostly made as a purely offensive navy ,using fast mobile patrol boats and corvettes ,in companion with Ka-52 attack hellicopters. Intead of having One Mistral warship.. having 16x
patrol boats like the above picture could have the same offensive capability on the sea. Is not like Russia will invade any nation ever far away of its land..that will need a Mistral carrier to transport tanks.