Russia’s state-of-the-art helicopter carriers to provide cockpit for maritime drones – military and defense

MOSCOW, December 14. / TASS /. Project 23900 multipurpose amphibious assault ships Ivan Rogov and Mitrofan Moskalenko currently under construction at the Zaliv shipyard in Kerch, Crimean Peninsula, will be adapted to carry unmanned aerial strike and reconnaissance vehicles, Tried Tuesday. TASS a source in the shipbuilding industry.

“In addition to carrying a group of maritime helicopters, the multipurpose amphibious assault ships of Project 23900 will carry and exercise control of a number of rotary-wing attack and reconnaissance drones on board,” said The source.

Drones based on the decks of Project 23900 amphibious assault ships will increase the combat capabilities of the helicopter carriers, the source said.

“The drones will be able to effectively provide fire support to an amphibious assault force, report the tactical environment in the area of ​​its landing and during special operations, track down and, if necessary, d ‘eliminate stealth craft,’ the source said. added.

TASS does not yet have an official confirmation of this information.

TASS reported in February 2021 that the Zaliv shipyard had started building the hulls of two amphibious assault ships. It was reported in October 2021 that the Mitrofan Moskalenko helicopter carrier would enter service as the flagship of the Black Sea Fleet after the completion of its construction and the required infrastructure for its parking was being prepared. in Sevastopol in Crimea.

Amphibious assault ships are capable of transporting a task force of heavy helicopters of various designations and transporting by sea from several hundred to 1,000 Marines. They are equipped with a dock for amphibious assault landing craft and are also designed to carry armor. The very first Russian amphibious assault ships of this type, the Ivan Rogov and the Mitrofan Moskalenko, were dropped off at the Zaliv shipyard in Crimea on July 20, 2020. The Russian helicopter carriers are being built under project 23900 designed by the Zelenodolsk- Design office based in the Volga region.

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