Dima Tue Mar 01, 2022 1:10 pm
In my view few options that Russia needs to consider and act upon on an urgent basis, considering ships take time to arrive and the current crisis/war is going to be a long drawn one. The white colonial forces will look at tightening control in the Baltic and harass Russian shipping around the world considering Russian navy have a CRITICAL SHORTAGE of surface combatants.
1) Adding 12 - 24 units of Pr.956 by retaining the KVG based steam propulsion unit, but with new VLS configuration.
2) 12 - 24 units of Pr.11536. This should start once Zorya-Mashproekt comes under control of Russian forces. https://www.russiadefence.net/t8750p300-russian-special-military-operation-in-ukraine-3#363569
Need to restart the production of Pr.11356 at Zaliv, Baltisky, as well as Yantar.
I'm not considering the Pr.22350, coz its construction is still monopolized by the worst shipyard in Russia.
Below ones are even better, considering it will be from an ongoing smooth production line. Payment through natural gas.
3) 12-24 unit of Type-054A. The below one is the newer version with a universal VLS.
4) 12 units of Type-054A. EMERGENCY TRANSFER of these ships from PLAN service. The fastest route to fill shortage of escorts and for deployment.
Any talk of cost, etc in this case are rubbish and not worth the time wasted on it, Coz these are very critical needs.
Russian Navy needs to start adding, at the least, 24 proper ocean going surface combatants of Frigates and Destroyer class in the next 3-5 years. The best start would be with the option 4.