The Russian Navy’s Baltic Fleet will soon receive a series of six small missile launchers from Project 22800, which are being built at the Pella shipyard. Four of these corvettes will carry the Pantsyr maritime surface-to-air missile systems, most notably the Odintsovo, which has started its state runways in the ranges of the Baltic Fleet.
According to Russian state media, currently two ships from Project 22800, the Mytishchi and the Sovetsk, are operational in the Russian Baltic Fleet, while the Odintsovo is the first Project 22800 ship to be equipped with the Pantsyr-M anti-aircraft / artillery missile system, which is the maritime version. of the land-based Pantsyr-S. surface-to-air missile / cannon launcher.
The 22800 project The Karakurt-class guided missile corvette was designed by Almaz’s central marine design office in St. Petersburg to engage with enemy strategic installations in “green waters”, including coastal defenses and offshore installations. The ship can also be used to target hostile surface fighters and confront these various threats individually or in conjunction with other forces and even repel enemy air attacks. The ships were also designed to conduct search and rescue operations and to provide support to Coast Guard units.
A total of eighteen Project 22800 warships are planned for the Russian Navy, and these are also armed with Kalibr-NK cruise missiles as well as the modernized AK-176MA 76.2mm artillery system. The endurance of the corvettes is fifteen days.
Six of the The Karakurt-class guided-missile corvettes will join the Navy’s Baltic Fleet Commander-in-Chief Nikolia Yevmenov, announced in a patriotic message on Baltic Fleet Day in May. Four of them will be armed with the Pantsir-M system. It can be used to target and destroy helicopter gunships, assault planes, cruise missiles, and anti-ship missiles. The weapons platform can additionally allow the corvette to shoot down all air targets within a twenty kilometer radius.
Project 22800 is fair Russia’s latest effort to replace aging warships with newer, smaller, faster and more agile systems, and to protect Russia’s interests in the region. Since the founding of St. Petersburg in 1703, the city has been Russia’s window to Europe, serving not only as a seaport, but also as a base for Tsar Peter the Great’s navy.
The The Pantsyr-S ground system is a short-range weapon designed to strike air targets with automatic anti-aircraft guns and missiles with radio control guidance and infrared and radar tracking. In addition, the weapon combines the multi-channel target acquisition and tracking system and missile / artillery armament designed to strike targets at altitudes of up to fifteen kilometers and within a radius of twenty kilometers. It also uses two thirty-millimeter rapid-fire automatic cannons with a dozen SAMs.
A battalion of Pantsyr-S surface-to-air / cannon missile systems was due to arrive this week for the air defense regiment stationed in the Sverdlovsk region, commander of anti-aircraft missile troops of the 14th Air Force of the Central Military District.
“We expect an additional Battalion of Pantsyr-S surface-to-air / artillery missiles to join the combat structure in the Sverdlovsk region,” said Army Air Defense Col. Gennady Shlag. Russian state media Tuesday.
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