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Project 11711 Ivan Gren

Project 11711 ships have a total displacement of about 6 thousand tons and are the largest surface ships built in recent times. The previous project of the large amphibious assault ship 1171 (cipher "Tapir") is 4.3 thousand tons, and the most numerous ships of this class in the Russian Navy (project 775) - 4.4 thousand tons.

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 practice], 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. Deadlines for this ship, started in 2004, had been postponed several times due to changes in the draft and unstable funding. By the end of 2014 BDK "Ivan Gren" was scheduled to be transferred to the customer in 2015.

It appeared that the military was unhappy with the project (this is indirectly confirmed by the constant revisions introduced by the project naval after the start of construction) and were ready to give up on the series, having completed the lead ship as a transport.

The Baltic shipyard Yantar in Kaliningrad started to build large landing ship "Pyotr Morgunov"for the RUSSIAN NAVY in December 2014. It will be the second project 11711 ship. It was anticipated that the formal ceremony of laying the BDK Peter Morgunov would be held in the first quarter of the year 2015. Under the program the second project 11711 was to be transferred to the Navy in the year 2018. The large landing ship (BDK) Project 11711 "Peter Morgunov" was laid down in the Baltic Shipyard (Shipyard) "Yantar" in Kaliningrad on 11 June 2015.

The transfer of the large landing ship (BDK) "Ivan Gren" to the fleet should take place by the end of spring, the head of the United Shipbuilding Corporation Alexei Rakhmanov told journalists on 09 February 2018. "We are waiting, as they say, from the minute to the minute, the task is to finish all the activities, I do not have specific terms, but I think we should finish it by the end of spring," he said. Earlier, the spokesman of the building ship of the Baltic shipyard Yantar Sergei Mikhailov told TASS that his state tests are scheduled to be completed at the end of February 2018. The large landing ship (BDK) of project 11711 "Peter Morgunov" will go to sea for testing in the first half of 2019 and will be handed over to the fleet after their completion, the Krasnaya Zvezda newspaper reporte on 08 October 2018. Earlier it was reported that "Peter Morgunov" was planned to transfer to the Russian Navy at the end of 2018. "Particular attention (when preparing the crew) was addressed to the reception of the ship from industry and readiness to participate in the tests, which will begin in the first half of 2019. <...> It is planned to accept the Navy after completing all the test phases," article edition. According to the newspaper, the settlement of the crew on the ship is planned in December of this year. The crew of the BDK "Peter Morgunov" completed a full cycle of training at the Joint Training Center of the Russian Navy in St. Petersburg.

The large landing ship "Peter Morgunov" was laid in Kaliningrad on June 11, 2015, launched in 2018. By the decision of the fleet, a series of large landing ships of 11,711 will consist of only two units - the lead ship Ivan Gren, which was built over 20 years due to numerous rework of the project, and the first serial (second in series) BDK Peter Morgunov.

The United Shipbuilding Corporation (USC) will build for the Navy another two or three large amphibious assault ships of the class "Ivan Gren" according to a modified project. This was announced 03 December 2018 to journalists by USC President Alexei Rakhmanov. "It was decided to finalize the project of Ivan Gren, in particular, there will be changes in the hull. At least, it is planned to build two or three ships on the revised project," Rakhmanov said. There is no contract yet, he added. Rakhmanov said that the second ship of the first series - Peter Morgunov - will be completed almost the same as the lead ship Ivan Gren. The lead ship of the project 11711 "Ivan Gren" was launched in Kaliningrad in May 2012. He was accepted into the military of the Navy of Russia on June 20, 2018. The second ship of this project - "Peter Morgunov", being built at the Baltic shipbuilding plant "Yantar", should begin testing no later than March 2019; in June, the ship is scheduled to enter factory trials. BDK project 11711 can hold 13 main tanks, 36 armored personnel carriers or infantry fighting vehicles, or 300 paratroopers. It is possible to deliver to the destination a reinforced company of marines with standard equipment and disembark it on the pontoons brought with them.

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