Saturday, 29 October 2016

Keel laid for new Russian corvette

The Derzky, also known as Project 20386, had its keel laid at The Northern Shipyard in St. Petersburg, Russian media reported.

By Geoff Ziezulewicz   |   Oct. 28, 2016 at 10:47 AM

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia, Oct. 28 (UPI) -- Russia's newest corvette's keel was laid during a ceremony Friday at The Northern Shipyard in St. Petersburg, Russian news agency Tass reports.

Known as The Derzky, or Project 20386, the 357-foot-long ship will feature advanced anti-submarine, anti-ship and air defense systems, Tass reported Friday.

The Derzky is an extension of the country's 20380 series of ships.

This corvette "incorporates many promising, modular solutions," and will be capable of taking on missions "far beyond the near seas," Viktor Chirkov, chief advisor to the president of United Shipbuilding Corporation, was quoted as saying at the ceremony.

While its hull and super structure will feature stealth characteristics, the ship will have a displacement of about 3,400 tons, with a 5,000 nautical-mile endurance and room for a crew of 80.

The Derzky will have a deck for helicopters and drones, and is slated to enter service in 2021.

Project 20386 continues a family of ships built under the designation 20380 and 20385.

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