At the Baltic Shipyard "Yantar" is nearing the end of construction of the first ship of the project 11711 "Ivan Gren" according to the plans in 2012, its construction must be completed. By the end of next year it will be released to the test, and in 2013 will be delivered to the Navy.
Large landing ship of the project 11711 "Ivan Gren"
Displacement (surface / submerged): 5000 m
Length — 120 m
width — 16.5 m
draft — 3.6 m
Speed: 18 knots
over the water — 3500 miles (16 knots).
Propulsion: 1h4000 hp diesel 10D49
Armament: 1×1 76 mm AK-176 — SU MR-123 <Pennant>, 2×6 30 mm AK-630M, 2 RZSO
Crew: 100 people
Together with the French helicopter carrier "Mistral" large landing ship (BDK) "Ivan Gren" significantly update the amphibious forces of the Navy.
Due to the fact that the new BDK less French "Mistral", it is much better suited to the "closed" seas — the Black Sea and the Baltic, for which transport capacity "Mistral" is redundant.
Russian BDK can land on unprepared shore to 300 Marines, 40 armored vehicles or 13 tanks. On deck, "Ivan Gren" carries two helicopters, a 76-mm cannon, two anti-aircraft guns and AK-630 multiple rocket launchers. "Ivan Gren" 5 tons deadweight cost the Russian budget of 5 billion rubles.
At present, while there has been talk about building "brothers", "Gren", the Russian Navy will be forced to use aging amphibious ships 1960-1980-ies mostly Polish-built, of which there are now 15, and three Soviet ships of project 1171.
The Russian Navy needs at least 18 ships of this class. Under such a grouping calculated and all existing amphibious forces of the Navy. Half of these needs can be closed by four ships of the "Mistral", the rest of the problem should solve small ships, such as "Ivan Gren".
Delays with the second Project 11711 BDK military experts explain that the decision on the construction of the series will be taken only after the test lead ship. Before starting the production of the entire complex should be run in order to understand the changes and additions to make to the project. The tests will take about a year.
It should be remembered that the immediate precursors "Gren" Project 775 ships for the Russian Navy were built in Poland, and today we learn BDK build almost from scratch.
Slowness in the creation of new BDK explained by the fact that they are not a necessity for the Russian Navy. Military experts believe that the landing operations, especially those that require massive ships of special construction, Russia in the near future it is only when it gets involved in NATO operations, as this would hardly be in the interests of our country.
At the same time, according to the deputy director of the Center for Analysis of Strategies and Technologies, Konstantin Makiyenko, the fleet is much more necessary combat and not landing ships. "In my opinion, the priority today should be escort ships — corvettes, frigates, destroyers. They are now not enough and you need to replenish the fleet with new combat units, "- said Makienko.
The lead ship of Project 11711 "Ivan Gren" was built at the shipyard factory "Amber" in 2004. For a long time, almost no construction was carried out, active work on the ship began only in 2008. Earlier it was reported that the Navy plans within the state armaments program for 2011-2020 to purchase 5-6 BDK Project 11711