Admiral Gorshkov-class frigate
|Name:||Admiral Gorshkov class|
|Builders:||Severnaya Verf (Northern Wharf Shipyard), St. Petersburg|
|Preceded by:||Neustrashimy-class frigate|
|General characteristics |
|Class and type:||Project 22350 |
|Displacement:||Full: 4,500 tonnes|
|Length:||up to 135 m (443 ft)|
|Beam:||15 m (49 ft)|
|Draught:||4.5 m (15 ft)|
|Speed:||29.5 knots (54.6 km/h; 33.9 mph)|
|Range:||4,850 nmi (8,980 km; 5,580 mi) at 14 kn (26 km/h; 16 mph)|
|Aircraft carried:||1 × Ka-27 series helicopter|
|Aviation facilities:||Helipad and hangar for one helicopter|
The Admiral Gorshkov-class frigates, also known as Project 22350, are a class of frigate of the Russian Navy. They have been designed by the Severnoye Design Bureau, Saint Petersburg, the lead ship being named after Sergey Gorshkov.
Project 22350 is the effective successor of the Krivak class. Unlike their Soviet-era predecessors the new ships are designed to perform multiple roles. The ships are to be able to execute long-range strikes, conduct anti-submarine warfare and to carry out escort missions.
The Russian Navy has set a requirement for 20-30 such ships. The design of the ship, developed by Severnoye PKB (Northern Design Bureau) FSUE in St. Petersburg, was approved by Naval Command in July 2003. The plan is to fully replace the older Project 956 Sovremenny class destroyers and Project 1135 Burevestnik class frigates in four Russian fleets.
The lead ship, Admiral Gorshkov (actual name Admiral of the Fleet of the Soviet Union Gorshkov), was laid down on 1 February 2006 in Severnaya Verf Shipyard at St. Petersburg. In late October 2008 the Russian deputy prime minister, Sergei Ivanov, announced that the first ship in the class would be ready by 2011. He said the timely construction of combat ships is a priority task of the Russian shipbuilding industry. The lead ship completion date was announced first as 2009, but later as 2010, and then as 2011. Latest report states that the frigate will join the Russian Navy in November 2013.
On 24 June 2009, during the "МВМС-IMDS 2009" International Naval Expo, the Commander in Chief of the Russian Navy, Admiral Vladimir Vysotsky, announced that the production of a second Admiral Gorshkov class frigate would begin at Severnaya Verf shipyard in St. Petersburg by the end of the year. In November 2009 the Severnaya Verf shipyard in St Petersburg announced that it would start the construction of the second ship of the class Admiral Kasatonov on 26 November. The ship was laid down in a ceremony attended by representatives of the Russian Navy, the St. Petersburg administration, and Admiral Igor Kasatonov - the son of the ship's namesake, Vladimir Kasatonov. In December 2014, one engine from Admiral Kasatonov was transferred to Admiral Gorshkov.
The first frigate was floated out of the launch dock on 29 October 2010. The ship was only 40 percent complete and then began to be fitted out. At present, main mechanical equipment and systems providing safe launching has been installed, including a combined diesel and gas turbine (CODAG) powerplant, gear assemblies, drive shafts and screws, and electric power supply facilities. Further works will be performed at the shipyard's fitting quay.
On August 21, 2012, the Severnaya Verf shipyard announched that it had taken out two four-year loans worth RUB 16.23bn (approx. USD 509.88m) from state-owned Sberbank. The money will be used on the construction of the Admiral Gorshkov class.
Between eight and fifteen ships are to be constructed for the Russian Navy. The Northern Wharf Shipyard has thus far announced having received orders for six units.
The first two ships of the class have gas turbines from Zorya-Mashproekt in Ukraine. Following the 2014 Crimean crisis, the Ukrainians refused to supply Russia with military technology and so NPO Saturn has been commissioned to design new engines. USC forecast these new engines will be available in 2017-18, allowing ships to be commissioned from 2020. However, after the intervention by the Russian government the engines will be constructed in 2016.
|Admiral Gorshkov||Admiral Flota Sovietskogo Soyuza Sergey Georgiyevich Gorshkov||Northern Shipyard, St. Petersburg||1 Feb 2006||29 Oct 2010||22 Nov 2016||Northern ||Undergoing trials |
|Admiral Kasatonov||Admiral Flota Vladimir Afanasyevich Kasatonov||Northern Shipyard, St. Petersburg||26 Nov 2009||12 Dec 2014||2017||Northern||Launched|
|Admiral Golovko||Admiral Arseniy Grigoriyevich Golovko||Northern Shipyard, St. Petersburg||1 Feb 2012||Northern ||Under construction|
|Admiral Isakov||Admiral Flota Sovietskogo Soyuza Ivan Stepanovich Isakov||Northern Shipyard, St. Petersburg||14 Nov 2013||Northern||Under construction|
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