Russia to resume construction of Project 11356 frigates

Russia will resume the construction of three Project 11356 (Admiral Grigorovich-class) frigates stalled over suspended engine supplies from Ukraine, Sputnik has reported quoting Vice-Adm. Viktor Bursuk, Russian Navy’s deputy commander for procurement.

Bursuk pointed out that the ships will be delivered to the Black Sea Fleet and some foreign partners had also shown interest in the new Russian frigates.

“We really made a step toward our foreign partners, who wanted to purchase frigates of this project. However, the [construction of] three ships laid down at the Yantar shipyard will be completed and delivered to the Navy,” Bursuk told reporters on the sidelines of the 8th International Maritime Defense Show (IMDS-2017).

Russia had initially planned to construct six Project 11356 frigates by 2020. Two frigates have already been delivered to the Russian Navy’s Black Sea Fleet, while one is under trials.

But following the Crimea crisis, Ukraine refused to deliver gas-turbine engines that powers the ship which led to the suspension of construction of the last three frigates. The manufacturing of the gas-turbine engines is now being carried out at the NPO Saturn plant in the Russian city of Rybinsk.

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