In the coming year of 2013, Severnaya Verf shipyard will begin construction of second Project 18280 reconnaissance ship, said the shipyard's director Alexander Ushakov at press conference on the eve of the company's centennial.
"Another Project 18280 special-purpose ship will be ordered in 2013", said the director. "Our shipyard is the only manufacturer of such vessels", he added.
"It was planned to launch the lead ship of the project, Vice Admiral Yury Ivanov by the jubilee, but subcontractors let us down again. Kolomna Motor Works frustrated delivery of main engines, so the ship will be launched in the next year", said Ushakov.
Another source of Central Navy Portal in the shipyard said that Severnaya Verf would impose penalty sanctions upon JSC Kolomna Motor Works for exceeded delivery deadlines. "Now we're mounting shaft lines, continue assembling of hull systems and laying cables", added the insider.
Designed by Kolomna Motor Works by the order of Iceberg Design Bureau specially for Project 18280 reconnaissance ships, experimental diesel engine 11D42 had successfully passed trials in the summer of 2011 and was recommended for batch production. Main propulsion plant of the ship consists of two geared diesel engines 5DRA and is working with adjustable pitch propeller. It provides smooth increase of power without overloading from fractional to rated operating modes.
Recall that JSC Kolomna Motor Works also manufactures CODAD powerplants DDA-12000 for new Project 20380 corvettes built by Severnaya Verf. As was earlier told Central Navy Portal by a naval officer, this powerplant has a number of defects still uneliminated, namely, high smoke emission at transit modes, inadequate reliability and efficiency. In connection with engine defects found during beta tests of Project 20380 lead corvette Stereguschiy, Russian Navy command and Almaz Design Bureau decided to equip next group of corvettes with German-made propulsion plants MAN. Lead ship of the second batch, Project 20385 corvette Gremyaschiy is being under construction at Severnaya Verf since 2011.