Yantar baltic shipyard recently announced progress on the construction of the two ships.
It was recently revealed that the Yantar shipyards in Kaliningrad made significant progress on the construction of the two large improved Ivan Gren landing ship class, project 11711.
“The hull for one of the second two Project 11711 large amphibious assault ships has been maximally formed. The hull of the first large amphibious assault ship is planned to be taken to a slipway in late June. The hull of the second ship is currently being assembled. All major contracts for items with a long manufacturing cycle have been completed, taking into account the import substitution program,”
These two ships, Vladimir Andreyev and Vasily Trushin, were respectively laid down on the 23rd of April 2019 with an expected commissioning by the Russian navy in 2023 and 2024 respectively.
They are an improved version of the first two ships of the class, Ivan Gen and Pyotr Morgunov, which were commissioned in June 2018 and December 2020.
The evolved design features an increased displacement of 7 000 to 8 000 tons compared to the 6 000 of the previous subclass. They will feature a large superstructure to allow for increased deck space. This allows them to accommodate up to four helicopters with the capacity to operate two of them simultaneously.
To allow for all of these increases in capacity and dimensions, the new subclass will be equipped with more powerful engines with four 16D49 diesel engines as opposed to the previous 10D49 model.
These new ships and the Ivan Gren class as a whole, are a central aspect in the modernisation program of the Russan navy’s amphibious fleet. Mainly composed of old assets from the cold war, important efforts have been made in the shipbuilding sector to assure future capabilities.