Russia will start construction of two new generation small missile ships Dec 24

December 23, 11:50

The ships will be codenamed Uragan and Taifun and will enter service in the Navy in 2017 and 2018

A model of a warship seen at an exhibition (archive)A model of a warship seen at an exhibition (archive) © ITAR-TASS

MOSCOW, December 23. /TASS/. The Pella shipyard in St. Petersburg in northwest Russia will lay down two new Project 22800 small missile ships for the Russian Navy on December 24, Navy Deputy Commander-in-Chief for Armament, Vice-Admiral Viktor Bursuk said on Wednesday.

“The ships will be code named Uragan and Taifun and will enter service in the Navy in 2017 and 2018 after their construction and trials are over,” he said.

In the near term, various Russian shipyards will build over a dozen ships of this new Project developed by the Almaz Central Marine Design Bureau, he said.

According to the admiral, the ships have a displacement of about 800 tons and are capable of developing a speed of over 30 knots and accomplishing missions at a distance of around 3,000 nautical miles from their bases.

The ships will be armed with a set of high-precision missile weapons and modern artillery systems and will also receive domestic engines.

These ships’ advantages include their high maneuverability, increased sea-going performance, and also the architecture of superstructures and the hull based on the stealth technology,” the admiral said.

The Russian Navy’s plans to order ocean-class small corvettes were announced in spring by Deputy Defense Minister Yuri Borisov. In summer, Navy Commander-in-Chief Viktor Chirkov said the first new Project ship would be laid down by the end of the year and the Navy would get a total of 18 such corvettes.

According to Chirkov, the armament of the new Project ships will match the weapons suite of Buyan-M-class missile ships armed with Kalibr missile systems. At the same time, the new corvettes will differ “by ocean-and sea-going characteristics,” he said.

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Earlier reports on Project 22800:

Russian Navy to Get 18 New Project 22800 Corvettes to Supplement Buyan-M Corvettes

Russia’s first new class corvette of Project 22800 for the naval forces will be laid down by the end of the current year, and the Navy will get a total of 18 such ships, Commander-in-Chief of the Russian Navy Admiral Viktor Chirkov said on Wednesday. “To keep the pace of ship construction, we’ll replace, for example, [Project] 11356 by building a new series of vessels – small missile ships, corvettes armed with cruise missiles – [Project] 22800. This work is being done today, and we hope that by the end of the year we’ll be able to lay down the first ship,” Chirkov said at the St. Petersburg International Maritime Defence Show (IMDS-2015).

“The ship’s design is to be completed by the end of the month,” Admiral Chirkov said, adding that the Almaz Central Marine Design Bureau is engaged in the project.

According to him, the new ships will be built in large series – 18 vessels as a minimum.

According to Chirkov, certain parameters of the new corvettes are already known, although the designing is not over yet. In particular, ships of Project 22800 will be equipped with Russian propulsion plants, their operating range will reach 1,000 miles and sea endurance – 30 days. They will have improved seaworthiness characteristics.

In April, Russian Deputy Defence Minister Yuri Borisov announced plans of the military to order small ocean-going class of corvettes. “We will now be working on and placing contracts for smaller corvettes,” Borisov said then. Chirkov also said then that the yet-to-be ordered ships would carry the same weapons as smaller missile ships. “They will be slightly different in terms of their sea worthiness parameters,” Chirkov said. Speaking of the prospects for building missile ships he said that “as many as necessary for maintaining the nation’s defence will be available.” “The development proceeds towards universal long-range missiles, capable of being used against coastal and surface targets,” he said. (Source: DD.July 2015)

Kalibr (SS-N-27 Sizzler) missile systems. The Kalibr is capable of effectively engaging aerial, submerged and coastal targets, and has a range of up to 185 miles.



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