MOSCOW, the Russian Federation, (BulgarianMilitary.com) – Today (26th February), the spokesman of the Russian Navy Igor Dygalo reported that the latest Karakurt-class missile corvette Tucha was laid down by the Zelenodolsk Shipyard in Tatarstan in the Volga area, learned BulgarianMilitary.com.
Tucha is the latest of the Karakurt-Class guided-missile corvettes that are currently under construction. It was named so by order of Russia’s Navy Commander-in-Chief Admiral Vladimir Korolyov. The small missile corvette has been laid down as part of the serially produced small missile ships constructed under Project 22800 launched for the Russian Navy, the spokesman explained further.
Dygalo cited the words of the Russian Navy Shipbuilding Chief Rear Admiral Vladimir Tryapichnikov, who, at the at the keel-laying ceremony, said that the building of surface ships with larger displacement would be launched in the near future along with the construction of the missile corvettes for the Russian Navy.
In his words, the work on the repairs and upgrade of the large displacement ships that are currently operational in the Russian Navy will continue. “This work will help maintain the potential of the Navy’s surface component at the required level,” he says.
The missile corvettes of Project 22800, developed by experts of the Almaz Central Marine Design Bureau based in St. Petersburg, are series of green-water multipurpose missile/artillery warships armed with Kalibr or Oniks missiles. They can displace near 800 tonnes and develop a speed of more than 30 knots. It is planned to be constructed in total 18 warships of this class for the Russian Navy.
With a ceremony held on 17th December last year, the Navy commissioned its lead Project 22800 guided-missile corvette Mytishchi that will become part of the Russian Baltic Fleet after completing its state and sea trials and undergoing testing of all systems and weapons.
Earlier on 23 October, the Saint Petersburg-based Pella Shipyard floated out the fourth Project 22800 small missile corvette, named Burya that was laid down on 24 December 2016 and is planned to be commissioned next year.
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Source: Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation