Why do they need so many ships? Russia does not need to rule the waves.
They will likely end up with rather more than 15 Gorshkov and Super Gorshkov types.... Gorshkov is essentially a Frigate and so they will want half a dozen or more of each at the Baltic Fleet, the Black Sea Fleet, the Northern Fleet, and the Pacific Fleet... maybe one or two in the Caspian depending on developments there.
The super Gorshkov is essentially a destroyer and so they will probably want 20-24 of those with 5-6 in the four main fleets.
64 cruise missile tubes?
That is a lot and makes Lider project officially redundant
I just wish they would release image already...
The UKSK launch tubes carry anti ship and land attack and anti sub weapons... it will almost never be loaded with just one type because that would leave it rather vulnerable to subs or ships.
And where far away from Russia would they need deploy? And for what reason?
Russia has essentially been rejected by the west as an equal partner, Russia has to look to the rest of the world for trade and growth and development.
Slava-class cruisers have no problems reaching South Africa, if they can handle that with some tankers then there's no reason to fiddle with handful of Liders
Would be nice to replace the Slavas and Kirovs with brand new ships that are fully modern and up to date and standardised with the rest of the fleet.
They could keep flying Su-35s too, but developing Su-57s makes sense doesn't it?
Russian Navy needs numbers right now and several nuclear vessels is not the solution to this problem
Priority for the moment will be Russian waters and near Russian areas, so now the plans for Corvettes and Frigates are decided then make one Destroyer based on an enlarged Frigate, but get the numbers by making Corvettes and Frigates while making one test destroyer.
It is not going to happen overnight but production of Corvettes and Frigates should be rather fast and relatively painless because of their modular designs and the fact that each one is not going to be different with different weapons and systems like they used to do.
The Liders would be able to carry S-500s
Liders will be the core of any Russian carrier group... they will hopefully build between 6 and 10 of them, so they can split 3 or four between the Northern Fleet and the Pacific Fleet... with one resting or doing other things that means any carrier operation can have two Lider Cruisers and hopefully 3-5 Super Gorshkov Destroyers operating with it. Maybe a helicopter carrier or two... would be an awesome sight...
It is a heavily armed destroyer, not a fragate
Yes, a destroyer design based on their frigate design...
64 is probably a journalist mistake.
UKSK launchers are 8 tube systems so 8 UKSK launchers means 8 x 8 = 64 launch tubes.
Of course it will carry anti ship and land attack and anti sub weapons in those tubes, and probably will be expanded to carry other things too like EW and anti torpedo weapons as well.
IMO it will be 64 UKSK-M with some Tor launchers to increase number of AD missiles.
I would expect a ship this size would have Redut launchers as separate systems carrying extra missiles too.
New ships will substitute older ones, so modernization efforts will progressively decrease and freed up more funds for new construction. The worst is over for the VMF.
Also they have invested a lot of money and time into upgrading shipyards and new manufacturing techniques and systems and the new ships they are designing and building and testing will be standardised full multirole and modular... so they wont need three different types of destroyer for anti air and anti ship and anti sub because all their destroyers can do that job... they just build one type which uses modular pieces which should simplify and speed up production.
Isn't Russia the largest aircraft carrier on the planet? With Russias air power anyone causing trouble within 2000 km of their coast can easily be dealt with no?
Yes, but even within 2,000km of any Russian airfield there is most of the rest of the planet to consider. Also the fact that aircraft can't land on the water and board a ship they suspect of smuggling or illegally fishing.
Russia is looking to open up a North Sea Route for ships sailing from Asia to the EU and back... they need to be able to police that which means ships and aircraft.
Russia needs to be able to interact with the whole world if it wants to grow and flourish... the west will keep it cornered and try to isolate it and they will get away with that if they can bully countries around the world not to trade with Russia or China.
Anti Russian rhetoric over the Crimea, the invasion of South Ossetia by Georgia, Japanese claims on the Kuriles with US and western support, and western actions in Syria and Venezuela make it pretty clear that if Russias military can't reach to where their new trade partners are then the US will crush that deal and that relationship as soon as it can and without mercy.
Russian land based air power would be of little use in Venezuela if Trump had decided to send in the Marines, but Russia having a destroyer and a few other ships visit do you think those Marines would get the green light to go?
I am not suggesting Russia use its ships to fight the US... I am suggesting Russia being a global power able to send decent forces anywhere within a few days will prevent the US from doing as it pleases and choking Russia from international trade.
Small countries around the world have a choice who to trade with... as long as that choice is the US because otherwise the big bully America will impose sanctions and cut them off from the world in a way they fail to do with Russia. Having a Russia with a real global navy (I don't mean 10 carriers groups and can fight in every ocean at one time to dominate the planet like the US tries to) but a navy that can sail anywhere they please and support allies with their presence.
Small countries will feel safer trading with Russia and for that matter China, if those countries have modern capable navies that can show up to deter the bullies from marking their territory with piss.
This article also writes about 96 VLS on the new 22350M frigate.
That might be Redut or TOR as well as UKSK.