2 questions from naval-noob:
1) Heard Russian company is working on gas turbines. How is that thing going? When should product be ready?
2) Kerch shipyard in Crimea. It is supposed to be large enough to handle helicopter carrier with room to spare and they are said to be installing new heavy load crane in dry dock. Is this info accurate?
1) The video was pretty good on the predictions for this. The officials say 2017 is when we'll start getting new turbines, I'd bank on at least a year delay. We shouldn't expect frigate construction to resume before late 2018-2019.
2) It's big but there are 2 major issues:
-No experience with military contracts. They just laid down a new search/rescue vessel for the navy and they'll need to be eased into more serious contracts as for the last two decades they've been surviving on tankers.
-Modernization & skills. The shipyard is getting upgraded and that'll take a while, furthermore the entire industry is still suffering shortages of talent, so there's not many spare experts that can be sent there to get things going.
Overall, it may be a good candidate for building those types of vessels, but no earlier than 2019-2020ish if I had to guess.
Also, that video really isn't too bad. They're pretty spot on with their analysis of the future direction and some of the major issues the navy has. Carriers are a pipe-dream and that's just a hard truth. Biggest point disagreed with was their view of our SSBN's.