Among them is a new design, so far veiled in secrecy, by the Krylov State Research Center.
Commenting on the impressive new projects, which include everything from aircraft carriers to destroyers, Rossiyskaya Gazeta noted that each of Krylov's prospective ships has already undergone extensive testing in special wave pools. The paper comments on the buzzing of anticipation around one design in particular –Russia's possible answer to the aborted Mistral amphibious assault ship deal.
Bigger than the Mistral (which weighs in at 21,300 tons), the Lavina would also be faster, with a maximum speed of 22 knots, compared with the Mistral's 19 knots. The apparently semi-trimaran warship will also have the capability to sail up to 5,000 miles at 18 knots without service calls.
Russian media have reported that DCNS, the French industrial group charged with the construction of the Mistrals, has decided not to attend the show, with rumors circulating that they were pressured not to do so by Elysee Palace.