A few days ago, the leadership of the aggressor state made a “discovery” about Russia’s lack of the necessary volumes of the merchant fleet and the practical possibilities of its development.
Loud statements made by the Kremlin about the “revival of the navy” caused Russian officials to engage in “imitation of turbulent activity”.
In particular, the Minister of industry and trade of Russia, Denis Manturov, at a meeting with Putin, promised to “resuscitate” the production of “Olympia” ships at the “More” plant in occupied Feodosia and to “continue” the production of “Comet” ships there.
Indeed, after the seizure of the “More” plant in 2014, the occupiers, in addition to trying to build a number of military orders on it, handed over two “Comet 120M” type vessels for construction on it, which were previously built at the “Vimpel” plant in Rybinsk.
At the same time, if the “Comet 120M” is an attempt by Russia to modernize the Soviet model of hydrofoil, then the “Olympia” was still a Soviet project and was built in the early 90s in the number of three vessels.
Common and key in the projects of these ships are the powerful engines of the German concern “MTU Friedrichshafen GmbH”, which are the main components of the project.
The refusal of this European manufacturer to supply its products to the aggressor led to attempts to replace the engines with Chinese ones, but this led to the practical impossibility of reliable operation of the “Comet”.
Currently, the Russians promise to establish the production of “their own engines” for “Comets”, but this remains utopian, because they could not do it even for the construction of military speed boats.
Under these conditions, references to the not very successful project “Olympia” from thirty years ago indicate the absence of any real prospects in shipbuilding for the occupied Crimea.