New Caliber-Armed Corvette Laid Down in St. Petersburg

Rubric: Russia, Industry

The keel-laying ceremony of the new-generation Karakurt-class corvette was held at the St. Petersburg-based Pella Shipyard on Saturday, December 24, reports TASS referring to the Russian Navy’s spokesman Capt I Rank Igor Dygalo.

By the order of the Russian Navy Commander-in-Chief, Adm Vladimir Korolev, the ship was named Burya, said the military official.

Model of Project 22800 corvette

According to him, the Project 22800 (Karakurt class) corvettes are constructed in accordance with the State Naval Shipbuilding Program in order to renew Russian Navy’s surface fleet.

Three Project 22800 corvettes are being constructed by the Pella Shipyard, namely, Uragan, Typhoon and Shkval. The Navy is to obtain the lead ship, Uragan, in 2017.

The Karakurt-class corvettes are designed by the Almaz Central Design Bureau for Marine Engineering. Development of this class was required due to delayed construction of Project 11356 frigates. Having moderate displacement of 800 tons, the Karakurt-class corvettes will be capable to move at the speed over 30 knots and be armed with the Caliber-NK high precision cruise missile systems. High maneuverability, improved seaworthiness and low radar signature are advantages of the project as well.

Totally, the Russian Navy plans to operate at least eighteen Karakurt-class corvettes.