That's what escorts are supposed to do
At the very least the ship has to be able to defend itself, escorts might be defending themselves and not have the director channels to also defend these ships...
A 40K ton ship with two Pantsir/Kashtan turrets is absolutely pathetic... it is not like they don't have the space.
It would be extremely idiotic to send a single ship alone into range of enemy anti-ship missiles
It would, but when under attack it also needs to be able to defend itself too... it is an important target and would be a priority target for the enemy if only because it carries 1,000 Russian Naval Infantry and their armour...
It might get sunk
Anything that floats can be sunk.
The new USKS-M seems to incorporate all sorts of things including land attack and anti ship and anti sub missiles but also various SAM types and also drones and decoy and self defence equipment. Being equipped with two UKSK-M launchers in each corner of the ship would mean 64 potential launch tubes for land attack or anti ship or anti sub weapons, but also air defence missiles and anti torpedo missiles like PAKET...
At the moment they are talking about a helicopter landing carrier and a drone support carrier, but there are other potential uses for this design including anti sub with extra helicopters and drones etc or a hospital ship for disaster zones and humanitarian missions for droughts or floods or earthquakes or famine.
I wouldn't invest in new ships anyway if they get used the way the old flagship was
You are right... no ships at all... just let the west strangle you and isolate you till you cry and become their little bitch.
Even if you have 48 cells of S300 Fort, and 64 cells of Osa, and 6 CIWS Kashtan, it makes no difference if your commander is a fucking idiot who sails into AsHm range with no escort and unaware of shore battery,
When was Kashtan added?
64 cells of Fort, two twin armed OSA launchers with 40 missiles in total and 6 AK-630 gatling gun mounts... and very few upgrades since it entered service.
Please tell us more about it because you seem to know exactly what happened... no escort? Really?
AShM range but not used against any other Russian shipping? Odd isn't it?
Better just staying at Port on such a day
Better recognising there are air threats around and upgrading air defences on all ships and not rely on ESCORTS.
Ka-52s with R-74 and R-77 missiles and AESA radars would be very good at looking for and shooting down incoming air threats, but ship based SAMs can operate 24/7 in all weathers day and night... obviously operating with friendly cruisers and destroyers and a CVN or CV, but not being able to defend yourself is a serious liability in combat and peace time.