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Project 11711 Ivan Gren

The lead ship of a new class of amphibious landing vessel for the Russian Federation Navy was laid down at the Yantar ["Amber"] shipyard in Kaliningrad in December 2004. Designed by the Nevskoye Planning and Design Bureau, the Project 11711 design is expected to displace around 6,000 tons. The lead ship is the first of a planned class of five vessels to be built at a total cost of Rb5 billion ($1.8 billion).

Provisional details of Project 11711 released in a 2003 Russian arms catalogue indicate that the design will be able to transport up to 13 main battle tanks or 60 armoured personnel carriers. Accommodation aboard will provide for an embarked military force of 300 troops, with a deck area amidships allowing for the transportation of ISO-standard containers.

Construction of the first-of-class, formally laid down on 23 December 2004, was expected to be completed by the end of 2008. The Project 11711 program marked the resumption of amphibious ship construction for the Russian Federation Navy after a 15-year hiatus. But by late 2009 the one unfinished Project 11711 Landing Ship "Ivan Gren" for the Russian Navy had received little funding. The Project 11711 designation [which should have been Project 1171.1 by common Russian practise], suggested a derivative of Project 1171. the (very old) Tapir (NATO: Alligator) class LST. In fact it is a new design.

In particular, as the general director of the Neva design bureau (Saint Petersburg) Alexander Viglin has stated, the uniqueness the new ocean-going Large Landing Ship (Bol'shoy Desatnyy Korabl' BDK) is that it is capable of transporting up to 40 units of military technics of various kinds, and making a sea landing to coast can be carried out with the help of a special bridge-pontoon. "The need of Navy fleet of the Russian Federation for such ships equipped with the most perfect domestic technics, fully-automated, is very great ", Viglin told ITAR-TASS.

New series BDK was to consist of 5 ships, two of them, total cost 5 billion roubles, were to be constructed at the Kaliningrad factory "Amber". Construction of the head ship would require 3.5 - 4 years, and the subsequent, in view of lessons learned in practice, - 1.5-2 years. The displacement of the BDK (large landing ship) - 6 thousand tons.

Yantar used to be among the leaders in the military shipbuilding. However, the situation with the orders for the Russian Navy is unacceptable. For nearly twenty (!) years the shipyard was building project 11540 patrol ship Yaroslav Mudry. Ten years ago a "super modern" Novik was laid down, but gradually it was converted into a training ship. By 2007 the only more or less promising project was the series with the head landing ship 11711 Ivan Gren.

At the same time in 2008 there was a little progress of the shipyard Yantar in the construction of the huge assault landing ships Ivan Gren of type 11711 and the training ship Borodino (the former Novik) of type 12441U, and small gunnery ships the Makhachkala and the Volgodonsk of type 21630 designed at the Shipbuilding Company Almaz. As of 2008 the Ivan Gren was expected to sail by 2010. In September 2008 The Russian Defence Ministry stepped up the funding to build the large landing ship [Russian BDK] Ivan Gren at the Yantar Works of the Baltic Shipyard open joint-stock company.

By 2009 Yantar Baltic Shipyard planned to deliver the Ivan Gren amphibious ship being constructed under order of Russian Defense Ministry by 2012, said Sergei Mikhailov, the head of shipyard's press service to RIA Novosti.





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