Lol, 5 years? Make it 10.
This information is "leaked" by T-rex, and off-the point as much as possible, merely based on what he reads here and there and how he interprets it (mainly this forum though).
TF-2000 goes through " contract design " stage, not " contract " stage. Anyone making a comment after reading this forum, particularly this thread and re-publishing it on twitter or back here on this thread first should know difference of two.
TF-2000 may get the steel cutting
even within this year
merely for a ceremony
or the next year, and it doesn't matter. Contract design stage is expected to be completed by June 2024
with a possible foreseen 6 months delay
, to be followed by Detail-Production design stage which is necessary for the construction (Construction may simultaneously go on for the sections which the detail design phase is completed, however).
And 2029 is not the expected commissioning but partial acceptance date, may as well end up being commencing sea trials if delays occur in the project (which it will occur). Add +3 years for such a ship to reach initial operational condition. And add+3 years as Navy foresees as a margin of error or unexpected delays.
Writing this as a person who so far has given the accurate information on several naval projects, including what goes on TF-2000 in details while none other insiders or experts in social media were mentioning of these.
The only credible people on social media are the ones who doesn't give exact dates out of their arses.
They will come in June to say " Tests of TF-2000 is completed". Man, been telling it since December here on this forum and they will not even tell it is towing tank scaled model experiments for resistance, self-propulsion, and sea-keeping and maneuvering (at this point they will not even know about the tests being conducted in cavitation tunnel, but hey how come a ship is tested in a cavitation tunnel right? What is the purpose there, it is for cavitation). They even refrain from giving a reference to this forum.
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