Two Russian corvettes head for Northern Atlantic on scheduled mission

Russian Navy Steregushchy-class corvette Boiky seen in the Baltic Sea.

TASS Russian News Agency, 9 June 2017

KALININGRAD, June 9. /TASS/. Two corvettes of Russia’s Baltic Fleet – The Boiky and The Steregushchy – currently on a long voyage for the Atlantic, are sailing through the Kattegat and Skagerrak straits, the fleet’s spokesman Roman Martov has told TASS.

“A group of two corvettes of project 20380, The Boiky and The Steregushchy, have entered the Kattegat and Skagerrak straits linking the Baltic Sea and the North Atlantic,” Martov said, adding that “weather permitting, the ships may be in the Atlantic as early as Friday.”

The corvettes left the Baltiysk base on June 4 on a regular mission.

This is The Boiky’s second voyage to the Atlantic this year. Together with the corvette The Soobrazitelny it was on a long voyage in the North Atlantic on April 7 through May 2.

 The Boiky and the Steregushchy will conduct exercises to practice search for surface ships and submarines. Deck helicopters Ka-27PL will search for submarines using droppable hydro-acoustic stations.

The 20380 project corvettes are meant for operations against enemy surface ships and submarines and for providing artillery support for amphibious operations, patrolling designated areas and maintaining naval blockade.

The Steregushchiy class (Russian: стерегущий – “vigilant”) is the newest class of corvette in the Russian Navy. It was designed by the Almaz Central Marine Design bureau. The first ship was designated Project 2038.0 (or 20380) by the Russian Government; subsequent vessels were built to an improved design, Project 20381. At 2,200 tons it is large for a corvette and is designated as a frigate by NATO.

Class overview
Name: Steregushchiy class
  • Severnaya Verf
  • Komsomolsk Shipyard
  •  Russian Navy
  •  Algerian National Navy
Preceded by: Grisha class
Succeeded by: Gremyashchiy class
  • Project 2038.2 Tigr (export)
  • Project 2038.5 (domestic)
  • Project 2038.6 (domestic)
Cost: US$120-150m (est. for Tigr)
Built: 2001 – current
In service: 2007 – current
Building: 4
Planned: 12
Completed: 5
Active: 4
General characteristics
Class and type: Project 2038.0 (2038.1)
Type: Corvette
  • Standard: 1,800 tons
  • Full: 2,200 tons
Length: 104.5 m (343 ft)
Beam: 11.6 m (38 ft)
Draught: 3.7 m (12 ft)
Installed power: AC 380/220V, 50 Hz, 4×630 kw diesel genset
Propulsion: 2 shaft CODAD, 4 Kolomna 16D49 diesels 23,664 hp (17.6 MW)
Speed: 27 kn (50 km/h; 31 mph)
Range: 3,800 nmi (7,000 km; 4,400 mi) at 14 kn (26 km/h; 16 mph)
Endurance: 15 days
Complement: 90
Sensors and
processing systems:
  • Air search radar: Furke 2 (Furke-E, Positiv-ME1, SMILE Thales for export)
  • Surface search radar: Granit Central Scientific Institute Garpun-B/3Ts-25E/PLANK SHAVE radar
  • Monument targeting radar
  • Fire control radar: Ratep 5P-10E Puma for A-190
  • Sonar: Zarya-M (Zarya-ME for export) suite, bow mounted. Vinyetka low frequency active/passive towed array
  • Navigation: GORIZONT-25 integrated navigation system
Electronic warfare
& decoys:
  • EW Suite: TK-25E-5 ECM
  • Countermeasures: 4 x PK-10 decoy launchers
  • 1 × 100mm A-190 Arsenal or 130mm A-192 naval gun
  • 1 × Kashtan CIWS-M (Project 20380)
  • 2 × 4 Uran Kh-35 (SS-N-25)
  • 12 × Redut VLS cells (Project 20381)
  • 2 × AK-630М CIWS
  • 2 × 4 330mm torpedo tubes for Paket-NK (Paket-NK/E for export) anti-torpedo/anti-submarine torpedoes
  • 2 × 14.5mm MTPU pedestal machine guns
Aircraft carried: Hangar for Ka-27 Helicopter





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