SIMFEROPOL, September 21. / TASS /. The Kerch shipyard in Crimea launched the latest Askold missile corvette from Project 22800 built to order from the Russian Defense Ministry, the Crimean State Council press office reported on Tuesday.
“The launch ceremony took place under the leadership of the Commander-in-Chief of the Russian Navy, Admiral Nikolai Yevmenov, who also inspected the course of surface shipbuilding at the shipyard and its production capabilities,” said the communicated.
The Askold will be the second Project 22800 corvette built at the Kerch shipyard, according to data from the Russian Defense Ministry.
“The first warship, the Tsiklon, was floated at the end of last summer and is currently undergoing a series of tests in Novorossiysk while the third corvette Amur is at the stage of its construction in the hold of the yard. naval, with work on its completed hull and the assembly of its equipment in progress, “said the ministry.
The Russian Black Sea Fleet press office announced in August that the Tsiklon would enter service with the fleet by the end of the year.
Currently, the Russian Navy operates three Project 22800 corvettes: the Mytishchi, Sovetsk and Odintsovo. All of them operate in the Russian Baltic Fleet. In total, shipbuilders will build 18 such warships, which will be split evenly between the Pacific, Baltic and Black Sea fleets.
Project 22,800 corvettes
The Project 22800 Karakurt Class Missile Corvettes are a series of Russian multipurpose missile / artillery warships. Corvettes of this class developed by specialists from the St. Petersburg-based Almaz Central Design Office for Marine Engineering (part of the United Shipbuilding Corporation) are characterized by high seaworthiness and handling characteristics. They are based on the most advanced domestic technologies that allow their efficient operation within fleet working groups both in northern and southern latitudes.
The Karakurt class corvettes move around 800 tons, develop a speed of over 30 knots and their endurance at sea is 15 days. They are armed with Kalibr-NK cruise missiles and AK-176MA upgraded 76.2mm artillery guns.