Following Modernization Severnaya Verf Shipyard Will Build Project 23560 Leader Class Destroyers - TASS

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Following Modernization Severnaya Verf Shipyard Will Build Project 23560 Leader Class Destroyers
 
Following modernization, the Severnaya Verf Joint-Stock Company /Northern Shipyard, incorporated by the United Shipbuilding Corporation, USC/ will be able to build advanced Project 23560 /codename Leader/ destroyers and, if some conditions are met, even an aircraft carrier for the Russian Navy, USC President Aleksei Rkhmanov said at the opening ceremony of the facility reconstruction.
     
Following modernization, the Severnaya Verf Joint-Stock Company /Northern Shipyard, incorporated by the United Shipbuilding Corporation, USC/ will be able to build advanced Project 23560 /codename Leader/ destroyers and, if some conditions are met, even an aircraft carrier for the Russian Navy, USC President Aleksei Rkhmanov said at the opening ceremony of the facility reconstruction. Image showing the notional design of Project 23560E "Leader Class" Destroyer as of mid-2015.
Twelve ships of the 10,000t "Leader class" are planned to enter service from 2023-25, split between the Northern and Pacific Fleets. They will all be nuclear powered. They will be fitted with the ABM-capable S-500 SAM and Kalibr (SS-N-27) cruise missile. Image: forums.airbase.ru
     
"Of course, it’s possible," Rakhmanov noted. "I think we’ll be ready to cut metal at this facility for the new project as early as the beginning of 2018."

Requested to specify if the destroyer Leader will be the first ship built by the upgraded Severnaya Verf Complex, the head of the USC answered in the negative. "No, I didn’t say that," he denied. "I said that the readiness of the first and second stages of our complex is scheduled for the first quarter of 2018. Thus we’ll start building the ships using modern workshops and dry dock here in 2018. We’ll determine together with our customers, civil and military, what ship those will be."

Answering a question of the TASS correspondent if in the future it will be possible to build an aircraft carrier at the dockyard, Rakhmanov noted that that was "a provocative question." "We hope so," the head of the USC continued. According to him, there are some issues associated with the design. "There’s work to be done on the standard power plants and there are specific points of nuclear-powered ships to be taken into consideration. If we do everything "the right way" and properly consider all the factors, we’ll be able to answer your question. Right now I wouldn’t like to jump the gun. Overall, we keep our sights on the target."

"At the third through fourth stage of the dockyard modernization project the total length of the dry dock will be around 450 meters. So, large capacity vessels too may be built here. The biggest vessels we’ll be able to build here may probably measure 300 to 350 meters in length. But this will depend on the types of ships we’ll need. Anyway, this is an essential step in expanding the technological capabilities of the shipyard."

"We’ll be able to cut here around 80,000 tons of metal. Also, we’ll have a modern dry dock, a shipbuilding platform, and up-to-date lifting facilities. I think we’ll set for the first time a task for our designers and ourselves of reducing the in-the-dock period to six months. Thus two large ships, if all of the project parameters are achieved, will be built within a year. This increases the production program by several times, roughly, as we can see, by a factor of 4.5 compared to the current production process," the source said.

"The general contractor /for modernization project/ will be chosen shortly," Rakhmanov specified. "We’ve been delaying this ceremony /modernization project start-up/ for quite some time for the sole purpose of getting a statement of the chief expert analysis directorate /Glavgosekspertiza/. It was important for us since the funding of the Federal Target Program /for development/ of the defense complex in the first through second stage of the project /shipyard modernization/ is provided. We’ll do everything step by step, moving by the path we’ve mapped out. The next stage is choice of the general contractor. Soon, on concluding the bid, we’ll declare him."

The advanced Project 23560 destroyers /codename Leader/ will replace Project 956 and 1155 ships, the current backbone of the oceangoing general purpose naval force. For the future ship a model was chosen powered by a nuclear plant. For armament they will get Kalibr and Oniks strike missile systems or their modifications plus a ship-based version of the S-500 air defense system with an anti-missile capability.

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