A new class of destroyer for the Russian Navy is currently under development by the Krylov State Research Center (KSRC), IHS Jane’s was told during a visit to the company.
The new design is called Project 23560E or Shkval (Squall), KSRC’s deputy director, Valery Polyakov, who added that a scale model of the design is going to be exhibited for the first time during the International Maritime Defence Show 2015 in St Petersburg from 1-5 July.
“The Project 23560E destroyer is intended to conduct operations in off-shore maritime and oceanic zones, to destroy land and naval targets, to provide combat stability to naval forces, to maintain area anti-air and anti-missile defence, and to complete peacetime tasks in all zones of the world’s oceans,” said Polyakov.
The Project 23560E destroyer has full-load displacement of 15,000-18,000 tons, a length of 200 m, beam of 23 m, draft of 6.6 m, high speed of 32 kt, cruise speed of 20 kt, endurance of 90 days, and a crew of 250-300.
That’s one big ship. On a par with the upcoming DDG-1000 Zumwalt design. By contrast, the DDG-51 Burkes top out at around 9500 tons.
Of course, whether it will actually get built, and how effective its combat systems will be remains to be seen. Putin’s Russia has an affinity to say what they will be doing in the future. But long term lower energy prices are making paying for those grandiose announcements somewhat more difficult to bring to fruition.