Russia reportedly begins construction of two helicopter-carrying assault ships

This applies, to only to what kinds of products your potential customers buy, but also to the way these products are promoted through advertising and marketing content. Tass agency, the Yaltar shipyards in Saint Petersburg would have started, at the end of April, the construction of two heavy-tonnage assault ships, presented as being "probably" assault helicopter carrier or LHD type ships, and not ships of the Ivan Grene class as initially announced.

Since the cancellation of the delivery of the two Mistral-type LHDs by France to Russia following the annexation of Crimea, rumors about the construction of a new class of this type of ship in Russian shipyards have been regular. Following this cancellation, having given rise to a full reimbursement by France of the sums paid by Russia, the Russian authorities, relayed in this by certain French parliamentarians close to Moscow, proclaimed to anyone who would listen that the country had plans and technology to build new units. It seems that it will have been more difficult than that, since it took more than 6 years to begin the construction of these ships, whose entry into service is not expected before 2022, best case scenario, Russian shipyards frequently facing significant delays.

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The LST Ivan Grene during sea tests

We do not yet know the model chosen by the Admiralty for these two buildings, but it is likely that it is the “Priboy” model, from the Krylov design offices. a 14.000 ton LHD that can operate up to 16 medium helicopters, and transport up to 3 mechanized companies with their vehicles and armored vehicles. It would be the largest combat ship built in Russia since the end of the Soviet era.

The launch delays observed, while the Russian Navy has been requesting these ships for a long time, can be explained by the major modernization work undertaken in Russian shipyards in recent years, to be able to produce high tonnage vessels, as well as to reduce the numerous malfunctions observed on recent units. It remains to be seen whether, after this work, the Russian naval industry will be able to meet the demands of both the Kremlin and the Admiralty.

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