>A New Frigate For The Russian Black Sea Fleet


The new Project 11356 frigate for RBSF.
© RIA Novosti. Igor Zarembo

According to RIA Novosti, the construction of a Project 11356 Class frigate destined for the Russian Black Sea Fleet will start today at the Yantar Shipyard in the Baltic exclave of Kaliningrad.

Yantar won a tender to build three Project 11356 frigates in October. The Black Sea Fleet chief earlier told RIA Novosti the construction would begin in January 2011.

The frigate, with a displacement of 4,000 tons, will be equipped with a 100-mm gun, a Shtil surface-to-air missile system, two Kashtan air-defense gun/missile systems, two twin 533-mm torpedo launchers, and an anti-submarine warfare helicopter.

The Russian Navy chief, Adm. Vladimir Vysotsky, earlier said one or two Project 11356 frigates will join the Black Sea Fleet every year starting 2013.

There must a change of the plans at the Russian Naval HQ in the last few weeks. Previously it was reported that Russian Black Sea Fleet would receive six Admiral Gorshkov class (Project 22350) frigates, six Lada (Project 677) diesel submarines, two Ivan Gren class (Project 11711) large landing ships, four ships of other projects, modernized bombers Su-24M instead of obsolete versions, and ASW aircrafts, Il-38 instead of amphibious aircrafts Be-12 till 2020.

There were rumors that Russians were not very happy with the progress of the Admiral Gorshkov class. This might be one of the reasons why BSF is getting the Project 11356 class frigates (also better known as Talwar class), instead of Admiral Gorshokov’s. The fact that the Talwar is a proven and successfully build design might have contributed to the change too.

Project 11365
Displacement (tons)
Length (m)
Beam (m)
Draught (m)
2 shaft gas turbines, 57,000 hp
2 shaft, diesels, gas turbine, 32,250 hp
Speed (knots)
Range (nm)
4500 (@18kts)
3500 (@15 kts)
Project 11365
Antiship Missile
8 x SS-N-27
8 x Harpoon
1 x 100mm
1 x 76mm
Antiaircraft Missile
24 x SA-N-7
21 x RIM 116
Torpedo Tubes
4 x 533 mm
4 x 324 mm

When we compare the Project 11356 with Milgem, we see that both ships have similar capabilities in armament, though the ships are in different types and have considerable difference in dimensions.

One other important similarity is that both ships are designed with incorporated stealth features.

If everything goes as Russians have planned we will see modern warships in the Black Sea Fleet in the comming years.

I have expressed my personal opinion of the news about the rejuvenation of the BSF previously hereherehere and here.

On a related news however the Yantar Shipyard, the one that builds the Indian and Russian Project 11356 frigates asked for additional $100 million for completion of three frigates built by the yard for $1.6 bln under Indian Navy’s order, and asked to postpone deadline of the contract execution.

This is definitely not a good omen.

Hat tip: Kobus.

2 Responses to >A New Frigate For The Russian Black Sea Fleet

  1. >Tablonuzda Antiaircraft Missile kısmında Project 11365 gemileri için 2 adet Kashtan CIWS sistemi ve bunların 64 adet 9M311E füzesi belirtilmemiş.http://russian-ships.info/eng/warships/project_11356.htm

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