Moscow. September 3. INTERFAX-AVN-Several variants of the appearance of the promising nuclear destroyer "Leader "have been sent to the Russian Defense Ministry, the decision is up to the military, Alexey Rakhmanov, General Director of the United Shipbuilding Corporation (USC), said in an interview with Interfax on Friday.
"Now the military department will have to decide how it sees a promising destroyer, if it considers it necessary for the fleet," Rakhmanov said.
"The issue of the construction of the Leader destroyers, as well as the formation of a new GPV (state armament program), is exclusively the responsibility of the Navy and the Ministry of Defense as a state customer. For their part, the USC enterprises have completed the preliminary design and offered the fleet several options for the appearance of the ship, " the head of USC said.
The Russian Navy is interested in the Leader nuclear destroyers, Deputy Commander-in-Chief of the Russian Navy Vladimir Kasatonov told Interfax on June 23.
In August 2018, a source told Interfax that Russia could build several nuclear-powered destroyers "Leader" equipped with guided missile weapons. In the summer of 2018, the command of the Russian Navy announced that the laying of the first destroyer would take place no earlier than 2022.
It is assumed that the destroyers will be equipped with long-range cruise missiles "Caliber" and hypersonic missiles "Zircon", modern air defense systems and electronic warfare.
The preliminary design of the destroyer "Leader" has been completed, JSC "Northern Design Bureau" (PKB, part of USC) reported in one of the annual reports. The document noted that work on the draft project began in April 2015, as of the end of 2016, the degree of technical readiness was 100%.
It is assumed that the destroyer will have a displacement of about 14 thousand tons. Thanks to the nuclear power plant, it will receive an unlimited navigation range. Autonomy - 90 days.
The main striking power of the destroyer is 8 universal launchers, each of which is designed for 8 Kalibr, Onyx cruise missiles, in the future - Zircon, a total of 64 missiles (modern Russian frigates are armed with 16 missiles of the first and second types).
Earlier, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that the Russian Navy will receive a total of 21 ships for operations in the far sea zone until 2027.
(The full interview of A. Rakhmanov is published on the following websites www.interfax.ru and www.militarynews.ru)