Pantsir-M anti-aircraft missiles on the Karakurt corvettes, calibr anti-ship missiles, Petr Morgunov amphibious assault ship, this is how the Russian Navy ends in 2020

The Russian Navy took stock of the successful implementation of its procurement plan for this year. On the 14th of this month the 17th Project 03160 Raptor patrol boat was started. The solemn flag-raising ceremony of Saint Andrew was held at the Pella Shipyard in Saint Petersburg and was presided over by Admiral Nikolai Evmenov, the institution’s commander-in-chief, who assured that the raptors demonstrated their effectiveness in policing the coastal areas of St. the seas, straits and estuaries, day and night, at distances of 100 nautical miles from their base. High-speed ships of this class can also be used to quickly move up to 20 Marines, intercept and stop small targets, and conduct search and rescue operations in their areas of operation.

In early November, Evmenov confirmed that the tests of Corvette Odintsovo, the third unit of the Karakurt class of Project 22800, had been successfully completed. It is the first ship of the Russian Navy to be equipped with the naval version of the Pantsir-M artillery and anti-aircraft missile system, the big difference from its predecessors, and it will also equip the following ship, which will be at least 15 more. He rehearsed in mid-October and completely took over his duties. Destroy targets from long range and shoot debris with cannon shots near the ship. The Odintsovo was tested in the Arctic from the beginning of August to the end of September 2020 and has proven that these small corvettes can work in cold and bad weather. He performed all duties in the Barents and the White Sea, fired missiles and returned to the Baltic Sea in the inland waters. Evmenov noted that the corvette should be delivered to the Navy in late November.

Kaliningrad-based Yantar shipyard reported the completion of state tests on Project 11711 amphibious assault ship Petr Morgunov, which was suspended in October for COVID-19 cases among crew members and resumed in November to verify weapon systems operation and exercise with helicopters. Commissioning before the end of the year. Igor Orlov, executive director of the Severnaya Verf shipyard, confirmed that the Gremyashchy corvette leading the 20385 project will be transferred to the Navy on December 25. It was designed by the Almaz office as a multi-purpose tool to detect and destroy submarines and surface warships, support landing operations, and participate in various brownwater missions. It was built for the Pacific Fleet and is said to be the region’s first kal rocket carrier. The shipyard is building another one, Provorny. At the Army 2020 forum, the Department of Defense signed the contract for 2 ms.

Another notable piece of news is a ship that has already been deployed by the Navy, the Northern Fleet frigate Admiral Kasatonov from Project 22350, which successfully fired a calibr anti-ship missile at a coastal target. The frigate fired thekal missile from the White Sea and successfully hit the target at a distance of 1,000 km on the Chizha rifle range in the Arkhangelsk region, the Russian Defense Ministry said. The ship had previously been trained with artillery fire in the Barents Sea. On September 29, 2020, a kal rocket was fired at a ground target in the Arkhangelsk region. In addition to two frigates already in service with the Russian Navy, Severnaya Verf is taking on the construction of 6 more for Project 22350. More units have been awarded to the naval industry, but the number has not been disclosed.

Photo: Karakurt-class corvette of Project 22800 (Photo Yury Laskin).

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