MOSCOW, June 11. /TASS/. The Russian Navy will receive by 2020 the first new-generation landing ship that will be many times heavier than the Ivan Gren class vessels and will be able to carry several helicopters, head of the Navy’s shipbuilding department Vladimir Tryapichnikov told reporters on Thursday.
"The construction of new-generation large landing ships will be launched within the next five years, and these ships will many times surpass in displacement the Ivan Gren and Pyotr Morgunov large landing ships, have higher landing force compatibility and will be able to carry not one, but several helicopters," Tryapichnikov said.
According to him, the first ship of this class is to be built by 2020. "It will be a new project for the ‘large landing ship’ class," he said.
Vessels of the Ivan Gren class have a displacement of 5,000 tonnes. One such ship can support over-the-beach landing of up to 300 marines, 40 armoured personnel carriers or 13 tanks and carry the Kamov Ka-29 type helicopter on the deck. The landing ships are armed with a 76-mm naval gun, two 30-mm AK-630 antiaircraft mounts and multiple artillery rocket systems.
Director General of the Nevsky Design Bureau Sergei Vlasov told TASS in an interview that the bureau was working on the project of a next-generation landing ship worth 20 million roubles ($365 240). In addition, a high-ranking defence industry source told TASS previously that the designing and building of national amphibious assault helicopter ships was included in the country’s long-term naval construction programme for the period until 2050.