Russia plans to build two Lider-class nuclear-powered destroyers by the end of 2020s, with an estimated cost of each at around 100 billion rubles, a source in the shipbuilding industry told TASS on Thursday.
“In accordance with the existing state military program for 2018-2027, development works on the destroyers are expected to start in 2021, later proceeding to construction. According to preliminary estimates, it will take about seven years to build one destroyer,” the source said.
“It is planned by the end of 2020s to start water trials of two Lider-class destroyers,” he added noting that “each destroyer will cost around 100 billion rubles to build.”
The source noted that Lider-class destroyers will have the capacity to carry over 100 Zirkon, Kalibr, or Oniks missiles.
Russia’s United Shipbuilding Corporation refused to comment on this information but confirmed that they have necessary capabilities to build destroyers of this class.