Russian Navy Launches Third Project 22800 Karakurt-Class Corvette Shkval

Russian Navy launched its third Project 22800 Karakurt-class corvette Shkval (584) during a ceremony at the Pella Shipyard near St. Petersburg in the Leningrad Region in northwest Russia.

“The project has been fulfilled as quickly as possible. Less than two years ago, we laid down the ship. Indeed, it is an innovative project incorporating cutting-edge technologies,” TASS quoted Deputy Defense Minister Yuri Borisov as saying during the launching ceremony.

The keel laying ceremony of Shkval was held at the Pella Shipyard on July 29, 2016. Shkval is the first ship of the class to be equipped with Pantsir-M, a navalized version of the Pantsir (NATO reporting name: SA-22 Greyhound) surface-to-air missile (SAM) system. The first two ships only carried a pair of AK-630M gun-based close-in weapon system (CIWS).

Pantsyr-ME naval air defense system
Russian Navy Pantsyr/ Pantsir-ME, a navalized version of the Pantsir (NATO reporting name: SA-22 Greyhound) surface-to-air missile (SAM) system.

Project 22800 Karakurt-class, designed by the Almaz Central Marine Design Bureau, is the 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.

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