On December 26th, the laying ceremony of the Project 22800 Karakurt-class guided missile corvette took place at the PJSC Amur Shipbuilding Plant in Komsomolsk-on-Amur.
The new warship is to be equipped with Russians brand new 3M-54 Kalibr cruise missiles.
The Project 22800 Karakurt-class corvette is a class of small missile ships. Project 22800 was first publicly presented by Almaz during the International Military-Technical Forum «ARMY-2015», held in Kubinka.
At the time, the class was presented as Project 12300. During the exhibition, it was also announced 18 ships are planned for construction.
It has a displacement of 800 tons, length of 67 meters, a 11-meter beam and 3.3m draft. It has a diesel propulsion, by a Zvezda ZE M-507D1 with 3 diesel generators DGAS-315. It can sail at a speed of up to 30 knots. It has a range of 4,600 km, and an endurance of 15 days.
It has a crew of 39 people.
It is armed with:
- 1 × 76.2 mm 59-caliber AK-176MA or 100 mm A-190 automatic dual-purpose guns;
- 1 × Pantsir-M CIWS with Hermes-K missiles;
- or 1 × 3M89 Palash/ Palma CIWS with Sosna-R missiles (4+4 SAM in total 8 plus under reload units) or 2 × AK-630M-2 CIWS (on first 2 vessels);
- 2 × 4 UKSK VLS cells for Kalibr or P-800 Oniks anti-ship/cruise missiles;
- 2 × 14.5 mm MTPU machineguns.
It also has a launch pad for Orlan-10 unmanned aerial vehicles.
Project 22800 was developed by Almaz Central Marine Design Bureau JSC (St. Petersburg) and is aimed as a replacement for the Russian Navy of project 21631 Buyan-class corvette, developed by Zelenodolsk Design Bureau (JSC) (construction of the latter is limited to 12 units so far).
The construction of the newest ship carried out under a contract concluded by the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation for the construction of six ships of this project for the Pacific Fleet.
In July 2019, two guided missile corvettes of this project: “Rzhev” and “Udomlya” were laid at PJSC Amur Shipbuilding Plant in Komsomolsk-on-Amur. They are expected to enter service after 2020. The lead ship of project 22800 is the Mytishchi guided missile corvette.
In 2019, two other guided missile corvettes were laid, but in the Zelenodolsk plant. The first one was the Tucha, and it was laid on February 26th, while the second one was Typhoon, laid in 2019.
Finally, two of the Project 22800 guided missile corvettes – the Kozelsk and Okhotsk were laid at the More Shipyard in Feodosia, Crimea.
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