lancelot wrote:Russia could easily make cruisers if they wanted to. The problem is it makes no sense to have only cruisers and no small and medium size ships.
Just look at the nuclear icebreakers. Russia has the RITM-200 nuclear reactor. It also has nuclear-electric propulsion. The Baltic Shipyard which makes the nuclear icebreakers could easily do nuclear cruisers if the government wanted to.
They don't have space for that.
Russia modernizes its fleet at an unprecedented rate & speed.
This is why they are forced to prioritize production.
Baltic Shipyard is fully occupied till mid 30s, and will be constructing icebreakers and gas carriers.
It is Russia's priority.
Russkie had giant issues with their shipbuilding forever.
Even in the Soviet times, lacked the capacity for the construction of vessels, considering the giant Ukrainian yards included.
Everyone was building for the Soviets, which was Poland, East Germany, Bulgaria, Yugoslavia, Romania, Finland ...
They lacked some chain of supplies.
Like marine-grade cables.
Imagine that they are making those only for the last 2-3 years or so.
Russian marine industry skyrocketed in the last two decades, on a scale unimaginable even in the Soviet times.
The scale of its modernization is mindblowing. They are more self-sufficient rather than in any Soviet period given. Considering the fact that they had received two giant strikes in the back in the process is even more shocking.
We will have a giant shipyard cluster built on Kotelny Island quite soon, which will double the Zvezda production.
Zvezda alone is capable of building more tonnage rather than the entire Soviet shipbuilding.
Fleet will get as much attention as they will consider needed. And as they are a massive landmass and a land superpower, you can imagine the effect.