Russia Lays Keel for Two Project 22800 Karakurt-Class Small Missile Ships

Amur Shipbuilding Plant, part of Russia’s United Shipbuilding Corporation (USC), hosted the keel-laying ceremony for two Project 22800 Karakurt-class small missile ships at its facility in Komsomolsk-on-Amur on June 1.

The vessels, named Rzhev and Udomlya, are expected to join the fleet after 2020.

The construction of the two vessels is under a contract signed by the Russian Defense Ministry in August 2018, during the International Military-Technical Forum «ARMY-2018», for six additional Project 22800 small missile ships for the Navy’s Pacific Fleet. Four ships will be built at the Amur Shipbuilding Plant and two will be built at the Vostochnaya Verf in Vladivostok.

Project 22800 Karakurt is a class of small missile ships (corvettes in NATO classification) 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, Baltic Fleet and Black Sea Fleet.

The ships have a length of 67 meters, width of 11 meters, draught of around 4 meters and a displacement of around 800 tons. They have a maximal speed of 30 knots, operational range of 2,500 miles and an endurance of 15 days.

The new ships will be armed with 76.2 mm 59-caliber AK-176MA automatic dual-purpose guns, Kalibr cruise missiles, P-800 Oniks supersonic anti-ship missiles and Pantsir-M naval air defense system.

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