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Shikval

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project 23560 or the shikval is apparently Russia's newest plan for a surface ship. Not much is currently known but it's supposedly 10,000T but some speculation says 14-18,000T is more likely, a single 130mm main gun 4 kashtan CIWS, 64 strike/ASM missile 128 anti air missiles. Despite being classed as a DDG it's believed it will be at least as large as the old soviet battle cruisers. So far I've only seen one video about it https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=x_E3Wcs8Ueo

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If if does get built the Russian Navy will probably only get 2 -4 of them. As long as the price of oil remains low they won't have much cash to throw around.

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The stated goal is 12 but I agree 2-4 is more likely, but 4 would still constitute a significant threat. Imagine 2 escorting their carrier an 2 more each leading a SAG

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It reminds me a lot of a cross between the British Type 45 AAW destroyers (mostly in the superstructure design) and the classic Russian 'All the Missiles Everywhere oh look there's an inch of unused deck space let's stick another weapon on it' school of design. 

 

Then again, given the increasing emphasis on stealth in ship design, I would imagine a lot of surface combatants are going to have similiar superstructure designs; there's only so many 'best' ways to optimize your superstructure for a low radar cross-section. 

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