2 New Missile Corvettes to Join Russia’s Caspian Flotilla

2 New Missile Corvettes to Join Russia’s Caspian Flotilla

MOSCOW, April 30 (RIA Novosti) – Russia’s two newest missile corvettes, the Grad Sviyazhsk and the Uglich, have successfully undergone navy sea trials and will be assigned to the Caspian flotilla by July, a spokesman for the Southern Military District said Wednesday.

“The two ships are due to join the Russian navy at the end of the first half of 2014. Most likely, they will be assigned to the Caspian flotilla by July 1,” the spokesman said.

He added the pair will be the first Buyan-M-class corvettes to join the Caspian flotilla.

Anatoly Shlemov, head of the state defense contracts department at the United Shipbuilding Corporation, earlier said the Russian navy would receive ten warships this year.

The Navy is expecting the Veliky Ustyug corvette by late this year and six more warships of the same class by 2020, he said.

Corvettes of the Buyan-M class have a displacement of 950 tons and a maximum speed of 25 knots. They are armed with Kalibr (SS-N-27) anti-ship missiles, 100-mm and 30-mm guns, as well as Igla-1M air defense missiles.

The Caspian flotilla is based in Astrakhan.

New Russian missile boat starts Caspian trials

New Russian missile boat starts Caspian trials

MOSCOW, August 5 (RIA Novosti) – A new attack missile boat has started sea trials with Russia’s Caspian Flotilla, the Southern Military District said Monday.

The Grad Sviyazhsk missile corvette is due to join the flotilla after completing all trials and state tests before the end of the year, the district’s press service said.

The Project 21631 (Buyan-M) corvette has a displacement of 949 tons and maximum speed of 25 knots. It is armed with Kalibr (SS-N-27) anti-ship missiles, 100-mm and 30-mm guns, as well as Igla-1M air defense missiles.

In addition to the Grad Sviyazhsk, the Caspian Flotilla will also take delivery of an Uglich missile corvette, a Grachonok-class high-speed patrol boat, several Serna-class landing craft, and three tugboats in the near future, the strategic command’s press service said in March.

The Serna-class landing craft can carry either one tank or two infantry fighting vehicles (or armored personnel carriers), or a 92-man landing party.

The Caspian Flotilla already has several Serna-class vessels, the navy confirmed earlier, without giving a specific figure.

New Russian missile boat to start Caspian trials in August

New Russian missile boat to start Caspian  trials  in August

MOSCOW, August 2 (RIA Novosti) – A new missile boat will start sea trials with Russia’s Caspian Flotilla in late August, the Southern Military District said Friday.

The Uglich is the second Project 21631 missile corvette. The first, the Grad Sviyazhsk, is already in final state tests. Both ships are due to join the flotilla after completing all trials and state tests before the end of the year, the district’s press service said.

The new corvette’s crew is to be made up of contract servicemen, the service added.

The corvette has a displacement of 949 tons and a maximum speed of 25 knots. It is armed with Kalibr (SS-N-27) anti-ship missiles, 100-mm and 30-mm guns, as well as Igla-1M air defense missiles.

In addition to the Grad Sviyazhsk and the Uglich, the Caspian Flotilla will also take delivery of a Grachonok-class patrol boat, several Serna-class landing craft, and three tugboats in the near future, the strategic command’s press service said in March.