Russia is urgently completing the complete design of the Project 22350M frigate after the preliminary design is completed in mid-2019
Although the power of the Admiral Gorshkov – Project 22350 frigate is extremely formidable, the Russian ambitions do not end here. They also wanted to launch an upgrade, the Project 22350M frigate with outstanding size and strength.
According to Russian media, the Russian State Shipbuilding Corporation signed a contract to develop and build the first warship under the 22350M Project. It is expected to have up to believed to 48 or 64 VLS cells for Kalibr, Oniks and Zircon anti-ship cruise missiles, depending on mission requirements.
The Project 22350M frigate will have a displacement of about 7,000-8,000 tons, which is a true guided missile destroyer, not a frigate anymore.
The next issue of concern is whether the Russian super-frigate will be officially built, and how long it will take to complete. Hopefully it won’t take more than 10 years like the Admiral Gorshkov.
In March 2019, the Severnoye Design Bureau reported it has completed the outline design of the upgraded Project 22350M frigate and began working on the technical documentation for the ship.
In an interview with TASS news agency, Director of Shipbuilding Group, Mr. Alexei Rakhmanov said that they are urgently completing the complete design of the Project 22350M frigate after the preliminary design is completed in mid-2019.
If all goes well, the design will be completed by 2022 and possibly built after that. Construction time is estimated to last for 4-5 years. However, international experts commented that, it seems that Russia is too optimistic. Since the disintegration of the Soviet Union up to now, they have not been able to build a warship exceeding 6,000 tons, and the construction period usually lasts up to a decade.
Russia’s biggest difficulty today is still unable to build reliable engines for large warships to replace products originating from Ukraine, despite a lot of money and effort.