Russia’s 2024 Naval Priorities: Design Bureaus
Russia’s semi-official defence magazine, flot.com, states that, in 2024, more than 80 shipbuilding design bureaus will design the Russian fleet. “Our immediate plans are to improve the operation of the communications system, increase the effectiveness of the use of modern means of reconnaissance, target designation and counter-battery warfare, as well as the capabilities of air defence and satellite constellation,” Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said at a conference call with the leadership of the Russian Armed Forces.
According to the analytical group Hardwork Consulting , which compiles quarterly reports “Diversification: Leading Monitoring”, in 2023, the number of design bureaus working in the field of fleet design increased by eight organizations. Thus, at the beginning of 2024, 80 shipbuilding design bureaus are operating in Russia. It should be noted that at the end of 2021, 65 permanently operating design bureaus were engaged in designing civil vessels. At the end of 2022, their number increased to 72 organizations.
TurDef has recently noted Russia’s intention to construct a new aircraft carrier, as Admiral Kuznetsov will be in the shipyard for a long time. In an interview with Krasnaya Zvezda, the Commander-in-Chief of the Russian Navy, Admiral Nikolai Evmenov, said that the Russian Navy had worked on the feasibility of creating a promising naval aircraft-carrying complex, the use of which would increase the efficiency of solving various operational tasks. He also spoke about updating the naval aviation fleet, including purchasing new Su-30SM2 multirole fighters and Ka-52K shipborne attack helicopters. The admiral also mentioned creating carrier-based fighters but did not specify the details.