Saturday, 11 June 2016 09:01
Russia may offer five Project 22160 patrol ships to Saudi Arabia, according to the annual report of Zelenodolsk Shipyard named after M. Gorky. According to the shipyard, Project 22160 ship is designed for guarding the territorial waters, patrolling the exclusive economic zone on open and enclosed seas, stemming smuggling and piracy, searching and rescuing ships in distress, monitoring the environment, escorting ships and vessels and guarding naval bases and sea areas…
Project 22160 patrol ship. Picture: Severnoye Design Bureau
“The Zelenodolsk Shipyard is searching for foreign customers in conjunction with Rosoboronexport and Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation (Russian acronym: FSVTS). Foreign customer No. 682 (Saudi Arabia) may acquire five Project 22160 patrol ships. The materials required for the drafting of a commercial proposal were sent to Rosoboronexport in early December 2015,” the authors of the Zelenodolsk Shipyard`s annual report said.
Project 22160 patrol ship under construction at Zelenodolsk Shipyard. Picture via: glav.su/forum
According to the document, foreign customer No. 144 (Sri Lanka) may acquire one Gepard-5.1 frigate (NATO reporting name: Gepard-class), foreign customer No. 398 (Kazakhstan) – several Project 21632 (Tornado-class) missile boats and foreign customer No. 050 (Bangladesh) – two patrol ships based on Gepard-3.9 frigate.
Project 22160 Patrol ship
JSC Zelenodolsk plant is building six patrol ships of the Project 22160 class that is named after A. M. Gorky and intended for use by the Russian Navy’s Black Sea Fleet command. The vessels are designed by Russian ship designing firm JSC Severnoye Design Bureau.
The vessels are primarily intended for duties such as patrol, monitoring and protection in the exclusive economic zone (EEZ) and territorial waters of Russia in open and closed seas. It can also be used to offer protection for ships in transit, water areas as well as naval bases against enemy attack in wartime.
Other missions of the patrol ship are search and rescue, assistance to disaster victims, environmental monitoring, and combat smuggling and piracy activities.
Construction details of Project 22160 class patrol ships
Keel for the lead ship in the Project 22160 class, designated Vasily Bykov, was laid in February 2014 and is expected to be commissioned into the Russian Navy in 2017.
Construction on the second patrol ship in the series, named Dmitry Rogachev, began in July 2014. Keel laying ceremony of the third ship, designated Pavel Derzhavin, was held in February 2016.
Deliveries of all six vessels are expected for completion by 2020.
Project 22160 class design and features
Featuring modular design, the Project 22160-class patrol ship is 94m-long, 14-m-wide, and 3.4m- high, has a standard displacement of 4,550t, and can accommodate up to 80 personnel.
The vessel is equipped with a telescopic hangar and helicopter deck with facilities at the aft to facilitate take-off, landing and maintenance of one 12t rescue helicopter such as Kamov K?-27 PS. An inflatable boat can be carried for patrol and transportation tasks.
Note: The displacement stated above is incorrect it is likely to be 1,800t