Russian Navy will commission its newest Project 21631 Buyan-M Class corvette (small missile ship) Vyshny Volochyok this month, Russian Ministry of Defence announced.
The small missile ship is currently in its final stage of state trials in the city of Novorossiysh. The ship has been built at the Zelenodolsk Shipyard in the Republic of Tatarstan.
The Project 21631 small missile ship is the missile version of Project 21630 “Buyan” small-size gunnery ship/ corvette and is dubbed as “Buyan-M”.
This ship of Project 21631 is dedicated to the defense of national economic zones and its main purpose is engagement of surface warships. The multipurpose ships are equipped with high-precision missile, artillery, anti-aircraft and anti-sabotage weapons. Traditionally, the Project 21631 ships are named after ancient Russian cities.
The displacement of these ships is about 1,000 tons, maximum speed is 23 knots, the number of crew is over 50 people and the endurance is 10 days without refuelling.
The Buyan-M class corvettes are said to be armed with nuclear-capable Kalibr cruise missiles (NATO code name Sizzler) with a claimed range of at least 1,500 km.
The Zelenodolsk Shipyard will build five ships including the lead one, since a contract was approved by the Russian defense ministry on 26 May 2010. One of the export variants of Project 21630, called Project 21632 “Tornado”, will be purchased by Kazakhstan.