Trials of Gun Mount for Russia’s Newest Naval Ships Ended
The St. Petersburg-based Arsenal Machinery Plant has successfully completed field tests of the retrofitted AK-176MA 76.2-mm ship-based gun, the one to be mounted on the new corvettes, small-size missile ships and boats.
Comparing to older versions, AK-176MA features twice higher pointing accuracy of drives and twice better fire density, while the weight became lighter making less than 9 tons.
According to the Arsenal press service, Russian Navy has obtained the up-to-date 76.2-mm gun mount that is not only comparable to foreign counterparts but surpasses them in some parameters.
The new weapon will be mounted on projects 22160 and 23550 patrol ships (ice-class), Karakurt-class corvettes and Project 12418 missile boats.
By 2020, the Arsenal plant is supposed to deliver 22 upgraded gun mounts AK-176 for the Russian Navy. First production model has been already sent to the Zelenodolsk Shipyard to be mounted on the Project 22160 Vasily Bykov lead ship.