The Ministry of Defense intends to acquire new hospital ships. Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu addressed the Russian President with a corresponding proposal. It is reported Merchant with reference to own sources.
According to the publication, two options for building hospital ships for the Ministry of Defense are currently being proposed. The first one, proposed by the head of the military department, Sergei Shoigu, consists in the acquisition in China of two ship-rollers (transportation of vehicles, etc.) and their conversion into hospitals in Chinese shipyards. In this case, the Ministry of Defense will receive ships in about three years, and the purchase and reconstruction will cost about 8 billion rubles.
Against this is the Ministry of Industry and Trade, which proposes to build ships in Russia. In this case, the construction period will be longer, the price will be higher, but the vessels will be new, and not converted from those already in operation. It will also allow loading Russian shipyards with work.
According to available information, Russian President Vladimir Putin instructed the government to work out both proposals.
Meanwhile, according to another source, in early May, representatives of the United Shipbuilding Corporation already submitted a report to Putin on the possibility of building hospital ships. In the USC, Vympel Design Bureau and Nevskoye Design Bureau worked on the development of the project, options for building hospital ships for 500 and 1000 people were considered.
As previously reported, currently in the Russian fleet formally, there are three hospital ships of Project 320 built in Poland: Irtysh - Pacific Fleet, Svir - Northern Fleet, Yenisei - Black Sea Fleet. In fact, there is only one vessel in operation - the Irtysh, which has undergone repair and modernization, two other vessels are awaiting repair.