Looks like Gorshkov-clas will be cut down to just 8 hulls and Navy is going back to their usual stupidity of starting from scratch in the middle of the series construction hoping that they will not screw up next project just when they finally stopped screwing up current one
Article in full:
After the reconstruction of Severnaya Verf in St. Petersburg, United Shipbuilding Corporation (USC) plans to start building a new series of frigates 22350M. As the correspondent of IAA PortNews reported , on June 23 in St. Petersburg during the opening of the X International Maritime Defense Show (IMDS-2021), said the vice president for military shipbuilding of JSC USC Vladimir Korolev.
However, he did not specify the possible timing of the start of the construction of a new series.
Also, the vice-president of USC noted that the corporation is currently building a series of frigates of project 22350. In total, eight frigates of this series will be built. The seventh and eighth frigates were laid down in 2020.
“We have decided to build these frigates, which are now 22350 for fast and high-quality filling of the fleets. Versions 22350 and 22350M complement each other. The upgraded version will receive more weapons, and other characteristics will be improved, ”explained Vice Admiral, Deputy Commander-in-Chief of the Russian Navy, Vladimir Kasatonov.
United Shipbuilding Corporation JSC is the largest shipbuilding company in Russia. It was created in accordance with the decree of the President of the Russian Federation in 2007 with 100% of the shares in federal ownership. The holding includes about 40 enterprises and organizations of the industry (major shipbuilding and ship repair yards, leading design bureaus). At present, most of the domestic shipbuilding complex has been consolidated on the basis of USC. The Russian market is the main one for the state corporation, which also exports its products to 20 countries of the world.
Ok, so 8x "original" Gorshkovs followed by a series of upgraded 22350M.
So whats the gripe?
Its hardly a surprise. The initial 22350 design first saw a hull laid back in 2006, and the 2nd series of 4 units include upgrades over the original. Frankly, I'd be surprised if they didn't proceed to 22350M once Severnaya Verf redevolopments are done.
There is an outward chance that they might decide to shift "basic" 22350 builds to other yards now that the design is mature? Time will tell.