Russia to replenish Black Sea Fleet by Kalibr-capable missile boats

Commander of the Black Sea Fleet of the Russian Federation, Viktor Sokolov, said that in 2023, the Black Sea Fleet of the Russian Federation will be replenished with three small missile boats of the Karakurt series, each of which can carry 8 Kalibr cruise missiles.

Russia to replenish Black Sea Fleet with Kalibr-capable missile boats
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“In 2023, it is planned to receive into the fleet three of the latest small missile boats [SMB] of the Karakurt series, armed with high-precision missile weapons, as well as a new patrol ship,” announced Sokolov in an interview with Krasnaya Zvezda.

SMBs of the Karakurt series have a length of 67 m, a width of 11 m, a draft of 4 m, a displacement of about 800 tons, a sailing range of up to 2,500 miles, and an autonomy of 15 days.

The main armament is one launcher of the universal ship complex 3C14 RK for 8 Kalibr missiles, one 76-mm artillery installation AK-176MA, anti-aircraft missile complex Pantsir-M, and two machine gun installations.

In July 2021, SMBs of the Karakurt series were launched for the first time in Crimea – at the Butoms shipyard in Kerch.

In an interview, Sokolov also named the Su-30SM fighter jets of the Russian Federation’s Black Sea Fleet naval aviation as the most effective of the weapons in use.

“These combat vehicles belong to generation 4+ and are designed to destroy air, surface, and ground targets, including infrastructure facilities covered by air defense systems,” Sokolov said.

The greatest effectiveness of the Su-30SM was achieved by using Kh-31 supersonic anti-ship missiles, which, in combination with the high speed and excellent maneuverability of the missile, made it possible to overcome air defense and hit enemy surface targets at the stage of deployment from the basis points.


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