Small missile ship to join Russian Navy fleet

Small “missile ship” Vyshny Volochyok will be commissioned by the Russian Navy this month after passing the final stage of state trials in the city of Novorossiysk.

Built at Zelenodolsk Shipyard in the Republic of Tatarstan, the Project 21631 ship is equipped with high-precision missile, artillery and anti-aircraft anti-sabotage weapons.

Displacing 1,000 tonnes, the multi-purpose vessel has a 50-strong crew, 10-day endurance without refuelling and a maximum speed of 23 knots.

It follows the commissioning of the third small missile ship Skval at the Pella Shipyard in St Petersburg.

Designed by the Almaz Central Marine Design Bureau, the Project 22800 Karakurt ships are equipped with a Kalibr missile weapon, modern artillery systems and power plants.

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