Representatives of the Russian Navy’s Baltic Fleet naval base in Leningrad inspected the recently-launched intelligence-gathering ship Ivan Khurs deeming it ready to welcome its first crew members.
According to Severnaya Verf Shipyard which built the vessel, the Project 18280 ship is set to be crewed in the coming days.
The official inspection checked the overall state of readiness of the vessel, including berthing, medical provisions and the galley which was tested during the inspection.
Project 18280 manager Anatoly Denisov said the vessel is being prepared to start sea trials in October with delivery to the Russian Navy expected to take place before the end of the year. Ivan Khurs will be starting sea trials one month later than initially expected.
Launched in May this year, Ivan Khurs is the second of overall four planned vessels in the Yury Ivanov-class.
Named after Russian Vice-Admiral Ivan Khurs, the vessel is 95 meters long and displaces 4000 tons. It has a cruising range of 8000 nautical miles and is crewed by 131 sailors.
Project 18280 ships are used for signals intelligence (SIGINT) and electronic warfare in addition to fleet management roles. Leadship Yury Ivanov was launched in September 2013 and entered service with the Northern Fleet in July 2015.
The Severnaya Verf Shipyard in St. Petersburg in northwest Russia has floated out the Project 20385 corvette Gremyashchiy armed with the Kalibr-NK missile complex, a TASS correspondent reports from the scene.
The command to float out the warship was given by United Shipbuilding Corporation Vice-President and Severnaya Verf CEO Igor Ponomaryov.
The corvette will start undergoing trials in August and is expected to be transferred to the Navy before the end of 2018.
The Gremyashchiy is the first Project 20385 corvette built after the upgrade of the corvette basic Project 20380. The Severnaya Verf Shipyard is also building the second warship of this class, the Provorny.
The project has been developed by the Almaz Central Marine Design Bureau. Multipurpose corvettes of this type are designed for detecting and destroying enemy submarines and surface ships, providing for amphibious landings and solving various tasks in the near sea zone. The project stipulates a hangar for a Kamov Ka-27 helicopter.
Project 20385 corvettes displace 2,200 tonnes and have an operational range of 3,500 miles and a cruising capacity of 15 days. They are armed with Kalibr-NK cruise missiles, the Redut air defense missile system and the Paket anti-submarine warfare complex.
The lead ship of Russian Navy’s new Project 20385 corvettes, Gremyashchy, was rolled out of the factory hall and placed on the open slipway ahead of her launch on June 30.
The Severnaya Verf shipyard rolled out the corvette on June 19 and is yet to assemble her topmast and underwater parts.
Designed by the Almaz Central Marine Design bureau, Gremyashchy-class corvettes are an advanced variant of Steregushchy-class (Project 20380) multi-purpose corvettes in service with the Russian Navy since 2007.
Severnaya Verf started construction of Gremyashchy in May 2011 and the keel-laying ceremony was held in February 2012.
The ship received Russian-built turbine engines in 2016 which were delivered after sanctions on Russia prevented German company MTU from delivering the original engines.
Project 20385 corvettes displace 2,200 tonnes and measure 104 meters in length.
They are equipped with Kalibr-NK cruise missiles, the Redut air defense system and the small-size anti-submarine torpedo system Paket. The corvettes also feature a hangar and flight deck for the Ka-27 naval helicopter.
Russian Navy’s second Admiral Gorshkov-class frigate (Project 22350), ‘Admiral Kasatonov’, has started tests of diesel generators ahead of her builder’s trials that are reportedly set to start later this year.
According to shipbuilder Severnaya Verf, Admiral Kasatonov should complete the engine room tests by the end of June, with the crew expected to move aboard from November 2017.
Designed by the Severnoye Design Bureau, Project 22350 frigates measure 130 meters in length and have a cruising range of over 4,000 nautical miles. According to the shipbuilder, Admiral Kasatonov displaces 5,000 tonnes while earlier reports indicated the frigates displace 4,500 tonnes.
The ships will be equipped with anti-submarine and anti-ship missiles, a 130mm universal gun-mount and an embarked helicopter. The frigates also feature the Poliment-Redut naval air defense system which was reportedly one of the reasons behind the delay in the delivery of the lead ship in the class.
Admiral Gorshkov started construction in 2009 with Admiral Kasatonov being the second and final frigate in the class to receive Ukrainian-built gas turbines.
Russia received only five turbines (three for Project 11356 ships and two for Project 22350 ships) before the 2014 Crimea conflict, following which Ukrainian company Zorya-Mashproyekt refused to deliver the remaining turbines.
Russian company NPO Saturn was subsequently selected to develop new gas turbine engines for the ships. Project 22350 ships will be the first to receive the turbines with deliveries expected to start by 2018.