Russian news agency TASS reported 27 March that the Russian Navy will get over 180 warships and vessels of new Projects under the state armament plan for 2018-2027, Defence Minister Army General Sergei Shoigu said at a meeting with defence chiefs.
Shoigu said, “We will begin today’s meeting with the discussion of the draft program on the development of the moorage space of the Navy’s bases through 2030. In accordance with the 2018-2027 state armament program, the Navy is to get over 180 ships and vessels of new Projects.”
“You face the task of creating modern conditions for the moorage and all types of support for the most advanced Yasen-and Borei-class nuclear-powered missile-carrying submarines, blue-water multirole frigates, warships furnished with long-range precision weapons and other ships and vessels.”
“The program has been drafted on the basis of the budget funds allocated to the Defense Ministry and won’t require any additional appropriations.”
TASS reported that the draft armament program is aimed at both reconstructing the moorage places and engineering infrastructure facilities and optimizing the number of moorages, which will considerably cut expenses on their maintenance.
Shoigu also stated that 15 warships and 20 logistic support vessels would enter service with the Russian Navy this year.