Originally Posted by Feanor
Yes, yes, of course, but my actual question is, how would this impact their ability to design a destroyer? Could the lack of a standard missile family and universal VLS be the reason that they're forced to go so large with the OKR Leader?
OKR Leader started out, very definitely, as a destroyer concept, in the 8000-1000 tonn range.
EDIT: Actually this is now relevant to the original topic. I'm wondering if Russia is again ending up with a heavy cruiser because of the inability to accommodate the necessary contents within a smaller hull.
Whilst having a standard VLS imposes restrictions upon your missile designs, leading to potential compromises in the capability of the missile, it does allow for the ship designers to package the ship efficiently, instead of having to leave excess margins to cope with whatever the missile designer comes up with. If I know that I need to leave enough space for a 6m x 6m box, 8m deep with a maximum mass of 300t, and that won't change, I can then design my ship around that in the most efficient way possible.
It's easy to see how a ship designer ends up with a 10,000t ship design that can cope with 4 different launch systems stuck all over it