Russian Navy launches its second Karakurt-class corvette, Taifun

The Russia Navy has launched its second Project 22800 Karakurt-class missile corvette, Taifun, during a ceremony at the St. Petersburg Pella shipyard, on Nov. 23.

The keels of the vessel was laid on December 24, 2015. Uragan, the lead ship of the class, is currently docked at the shipyard’s berth and is undergoing outfitting.

Project 22800 Karakurt-class corvettes, codenamed is a new missile corvette class under construction for the Russian Navy.

The new class is intended to be a more seaworthy, blue water complement to the Buyan-M class corvettes, which had been designed for the littoral zone and are currently serving in Russia’s Caspian Flotilla and Black Sea Fleet.

The 67-meter ships have a displacement of 800 tons, a top speed of 30 knots, an operational range of 2,500 nautical miles and an endurance of 15 days.

The Karakurt-class corvettes are armed with the Kalibr-NK long range cruise missile and the P-800 Oniks medium-range anti-ship missile carried in eight UKSK vertical launching system cells. They are also armed with two AK-630M automatic air defense guns, which will be replaced with a Pantsir-M system on later ships, and a 76.2 mm AK-176MA automatic dual-purpose gun, a modernized version of the AK-176..

It was reported that a total of seven ships have been ordered from the Pella shipyard (at least one of which will be built at More in Crimea), five ships from the Zelenodolsk shipyard and six ships from the Amur Shipbuilding Plant..

The first two ships were laid down on 24 December 2015, and as of July 2016, four are under construction. The first two ships, ‘Uragan’ and ‘Taifun’ is to join the navy’s Black Sea Fleet in 2018.

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