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Russia: one type destroyer to replace many types of warships

Russia: one type destroyer to replace many types of warships 25 July, 2016

Russia’s Severnoye Design Bureau is working on a Project to build one type of destroyer to replace many types of warships. The Project is called 23560 and aims to build “Leader-class destroyer” that will replace several warship types at once in the Russian Navy’s inventory, including guided missile cruisers and large antisubmarine warfare (ASW) ships. The bureau has started working on her engineering design, according to the Izvestia daily.

The ship will displace many types warships such as Project 1144 Orlan-class (NATO reporting name: Kirov-class) heavy missile cruisers. Metal will be cut for the new warship after 2018, according to the United Shipbuilding Corporation (USC). In all, a series of eight destroyers is planned.

The Leader will be a versatile ship triple-hatted as destroyer, large ASW ship and guided missile cruiser while being smaller than Project 1144 ships and carrying far more weaponry. The self-contained operation capability of similar ships is usually based on their stock of provisions, and their nuclear propulsion plants can do without refuelling for years.

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