Putin launches construction of four submarines and two corvettes

According to information published by Tass on August 23, 2021, Russian President Vladimir Putin gave a command via a video conference to lay six combat ships for the Russian Navy at three shipyards.
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Russian Vyborg Shipyard laid the Purga ice class coastguard ship of project 23550 925 001 Vladimir Putin, Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu, and Deputy Defence Minister Alexei Krivoruchko at the keel-laying online ceremony for the Russian Navy's new warships (Picture source: Kremlin)

He launched the construction of combat ships at the shipyards located in Severodvinsk, St. Petersburg and Komsomolsk-on-Amur. The Russian president gave the keel-laying command from the Patriot Park in Kubinka outside Moscow where Army-2021 international military-technical forum opened.

Two strategic nuclear-powered submarines have been laid by Sevmash Shipyard in northwestern Russia, two corvettes by Amur Shipyard in the Russian Far East and two Varshavyanka-class conventional subs by Admiralty Shipyard in St. Petersburg.

The keel-laying plaques have been installed on the nuclear-powered submarines the Dmitry Donskoy and the Knyaz Potemkin at Sevmash Shipyard, the submarines Mozhaisk and Yakutsk (the fifth and sixth subs in a series of six projects 636.3 diesel-electric submarines for the Russian Pacific Fleet) at Admiralty Shipyard, and the Project 20380 (Gremyashchiy-class) Grozny and the Buiny corvettes at Amur Shipyard.

Russia will continue to develop the Navy and its infrastructure. The warships will be armed with the latest weapons. “In the coming years we have to do major work and implement the arms procurement order to raise the share of modern warships in the Navy to 70 percent by 2027,” Putin said.

The Knyaz Potemkin and the Dmitry Donskoy are the fifth and sixth SSBN of project 955A. The Navy operates the Yuri Dolgoruky, the Alexander Nevsky and the Vladimir Monomakh SSBN of project 955 and the Knyaz Vladimir of project 955A.

Sevmash is building the Knyaz Oleg, the Generalissimo Suvorov, Emperor Alexander III, the Knyaz Pozharsky SSBN. The Knyaz Oleg is to join the Navy in late 2021. The Navy has to receive a total of ten SSBN of projects 955 and 955A.

The contract for the construction of six diesel-electric submarines of project 636.3 for the Pacific fleet was signed with Admiralty Shipyard in September 2016. The Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky joined the Navy on November 25, 2019. The Volkhov second submarine followed on October 24, 2020. The Magadan third submarine is to join the Navy this year. The Ufa fourth sub is to be floated in late 2021. The whole series of six diesel-electric submarines is to be ready by 2024.

In late 2020, the Defense Ministry signed a contract with Amur Shipyard for the construction of projects 20380 and 20385 corvettes. The Pacific fleet is to get two projects 20380 corvettes and four projects 20385 ships in 2024-2028.

The Gremyashchiy is the Project 20385 type guided missile corvette. The ship was laid down at the Northern Shipyard on February 1, 2012, and was launched in June 2017. The naval platform is intended for the Pacific Fleet of the Russian Navy. Project 20385 is armed with an eight-cell 3S-14 vertical launch system that fires Kalibr (SS-N-27 Sizzler), Otvet, and Oniks (SS-N-26 Strobile) guided missiles. The surface combatants are also armed with the Redut surface-to-air missile (SAM) systems (16 cells).

The Project 20385 corvette is designed for strike missions and anti-submarine warfare. The ship has a displacement of 2,500 t, a length of 106 m, a width of 13 m, a speed of 27 knots, a range of 4,000 nautical miles, and a crew of 99 servicemen. The ship is armed with an A-190-01 100 m naval gun, two AK-630M close-in weapon systems, the Kalibr missile system, the Redut surface-to-air missiles, the Paket anti-submarine warfare system, and Kamov Ka-27 (Helix-A) naval rotorcraft.