The Russian Navy has launched its rearmament with warships designated for their operation in long-distance maritime and oceanic zones and is set to get such large displacement vessels in the next five years, Navy Shipbuilding Chief Rear Admiral Vladimir Tryapichnikov said on Monday.
“It [the naval shipbuilding program] is being implemented stage by stage. Currently, the serial construction of new-generation green-water warships has been launched and simultaneously blue-water warships are being designed. In the immediate future, the serial construction of blue-water large-displacement surface combatants will be launched,” the Navy shipbuilding chief said at the ceremony of accepting the missile corvette Orekhovo-Zuyevo for service in the Russian Black Sea Fleet.
In the next five years, the Russian Navy will be accepting frigates of the Admiral Gorshkov class and also large amphibious assault ships similar to the Ivan Gren type (Project 11711), he said, without specifying the timeframe for other categories of warships.
Green-water warships are precision weapon carriers, Tryapichnikov said.
“Today we can state that we outperform foreign-built ships by some parameters, including by their weapon systems. The small missile ships that are under construction for the Russian Navy have already proven their worth by their operation in the Mediterranean Sea at a considerable distance from their permanent bases,” the rear admiral stressed.
Next-generation multi-purpose warships featuring increased combat capabilities by their strike and defense potential are expected to become the mainstay of naval groupings in the oceanic zone.
Frigates will make the basis of Russian naval ships in the long-distance maritime zone: their capabilities will help address a wide range of tasks and reinforce the fleet’s component that will be accomplishing missions in the oceanic zone.