MOSCOW, December 14. /TASS/. Project 23900 multi-purpose amphibious assault ships Ivan Rogov and Mitrofan Moskalenko currently under construction at the Zaliv shipyard in Kerch on the Crimean Peninsula will be adapted to carry attack and reconnaissance unmanned aerial vehicles, said a shipbuilding industry source told TASS on Tuesday.
“In addition to carrying a maritime helicopter group, the Project 23900 multipurpose amphibious assault ships will carry and exercise control of a number of rotary-wing attack and reconnaissance drones on board,” said clarified the source.
UAVs based on the decks of project 23900 amphibious assault ships will enhance the combat capabilities of helicopter carriers, the source said.
“The drones will be able to provide effective fire support for an amphibious assault force, to report on the tactical environment in the area of its landing and during special operations, to unearth and, if necessary, to eliminate stealth devices”, specifies the source. added.
TASS has no official confirmation of this information yet.
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 helicopter carrier Mitrofan Moskalenko would enter service as the flagship of the Black Sea Fleet after the completion of its construction and the infrastructure required for its stationing was being prepared in Sevastopol in Crimea.
Amphibious assault ships are capable of carrying a task force of heavy helicopters of various designations and sealift 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 first-ever Russian domestic amphibious assault ships of this type, the Ivan Rogov and the Mitrofan Moskalenko, were laid down at the Zaliv shipyard in Crimea on July 20, 2020. The Russian helicopter carriers are being built in the part of the 23900 project designed by the Zelenodolsk- design bureau based in the Volga region.