TASS Russian news agency
“The construction proceeds as scheduled. The fourth block is ready. The third and fifth blocks for the Vladimir Andreev are being produced,” chief constructor Andrey Trusov said in the Vpered. The warship comprises nine blocks: seven in the hull and two in the superstructure.
In March, the third and fifth blocks will be completed and the bow blocke will be formed. The Vladimir Andreev will begin the assembly of the fourth block in the summer of 2021.
The third bottom section of the fourth block is being produced for the Vasily Trushin, senior constructor Igor Nemchenko said.
Over two hundred employees are engaged in the construction of both warships. Both warships were laid by Yantar in April 2019. They will have a new power plant of four 16D40 diesel engines, as the size of the warships increased. The shape of the superstructure changed.
Naval News comments: About Improved Ivan Gren-Class LST
The vessels of the Ivan Gren-class have a displacement of about 6,000 tons and are able to carry up to 13 main battle tanks or 36 armored personnel carriers and 300 marines. The first ship of the class was laid down in December 2004, launched in May 2012 and commissioned with the Russian Navy on 20 June 2018. Sistership Petr Morgunov was launched in May 2018 and was commissioned in December 2020.
On 23 April 2019, two modified Project 11711 landing ships, Vladimir Andreev and Vasily Trushin, were laid down at the Yantar Shipyard. The two new ships differ with modified superstructure, increased displacement to 7000-8000 tons and, according to the above illustration, longer hulls.
The new design would be able to accommodate up to four helicopters (Ka-52K and Ka-29 type) in the hangar. The flight deck should allow the simultaneous operation of two helicopters of this type, or a single Mi-8/Mi17 (which are larger).