07:43 GMT +3 hours26 May 2016
Grad Sviyazhsk, a Project 21631 (Buyan-M) corvette

Small but Dangerous: Russia’s New Missile Corvette Packs Huge Punch

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Russia’s all-new Buyan-M missile corvette may be small but the weapons it carries on board really boggle the mind, Zvezda TV channel wrote on its website Friday.

Ten Buyan-M class missile corvettes armed with Kalibr cruise missiles will join the Russian Navy by the end of 2019
© Photo: courtesy of the Southern Military District press service
One of the newest corvettes of the Russian Navy, the Buyan-M is a multi-purpose river-sea type corvette designed for anti-surface warfare.

It has a displacement of 949 tons and maximum speed of 25 knots.

It is armed with an eight-round launcher for high-precision Kalibr-NK or Onix cruise missiles capable of hitting floating targets up to 300 kilometers away and land targets up to 2,500 kilometers away.

The Buyan-M, which is an upgraded version of the Project 21630 Buyan-class corvettes, also carries Igla 1M anti-aircraft missiles, a 100-mm main gun and two 30-mm air-defense guns and is equipped with electronic countermeasure equipment.

It has a range of 1,500 miles and an endurance of 10 days.

Most original in this modern ship is its architectural form, which was created in accordance with the requirements of low visibility.

On October 7, 2015 four warships of the Russian Navy's Caspian Sea flotilla, three of them Buyan-M corvettes, fired 26 SS-N-30A land-attack cruise missiles at terrorist forces in western Syria, a thousand miles away.

Ten Buyan-M class missile corvettes armed with Kalibr cruise missiles will join the Russian Navy by the end of 2019, Navy Deputy Commander Rear Admiral Viktor Bursuk said late last year.

The Navy previously said that it planned to receive six such warships.

"By the end of 2019, the entire series of these ships will be built, which is about 10," Bursuk said.

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  • cast235
    25 knots is slow. Russia needs this vessels, to be able to catch speed boats. Time tu turn them into catamaran, and other forms.
    Equip them with AIP and jets for super speed that can catch the fastest boats. And carry a chopper. The chopper should be low, not tall Maybe a hovercraft instead of heli. That can float and move fast too.
    And equip them with lasers. For w.e now but boost R&D.
  • Glamoureus
    Yes it's not a speedboat but thats not the idea with this wessle, look at it's arsenal, why hunt when they practically got sea-to-sea, sea-to-air and sea-to-ground robots going above mach 2?

    And their self defence is radar jam, sonar jam and mini anti-aircraft defence. I think the idea is having tens of these together would lock down larger sea and air space, enough for like whole baltic sea or half mediterranian ocean.

    Cost of such lockdown usually require bigger vessles. Sure it will not withstand a bigger heli or planecarrier but again, ten of these coordinated would take down even the biggest us aircarriers since their range is superiet.
  • Andreas Koppa
    The Russian Navy has several corvette classes, some of them faster than 25 knots. But, the speed is not a limitation providing they are assigned to a specific and appropriate role.
  • I'll bet these craft are on Iran's wish list! Wonder how soon Moscow will approve an export version?
  • michaelin reply to (Show commentHide comment)
    wendigo, I think that you've hit the nail on the head - maybe not as an all encompassing deterrent but for sales to allies. :)
  • michaelin reply toAndreas Koppa(Show commentHide comment)
    Andreas, yes, that is the way the military thinks - the appropriate weapon or tool for the specific job at hand. :)
  • Andreas Koppain reply tomichael(Show commentHide comment)
    michael, Well, to have the appropriate weapons to do the job is the dream of any soldier but in the real world it is not always the case. That's why one of the more important military courses is Tactics, a science and art to properly organise a military force and techniques, for the proper use of available weapons and military units to engage and defeat the enemy.
  • michaelin reply toAndreas Koppa(Show commentHide comment)
    Andreas, I'll try again :)(to send a reply)
    ...where the object is to apply the maximum available force to the enemy's apparently weakest point. Hoping of course that your int is adequate.:)
  • Andreas Koppain reply tomichael(Show commentHide comment)
    michael, Yes, that's part of the game too.
  • ConcernedCitizen
    As always as it would seem the Russians are unparalleled in creating the most Bang for the buck. Please continue with the exceptional work and development.
  • earlw35
    small vessel but packs a mighty punch, the next Russian corvette class should be more faster, carry more armament especially anti-submarine weapons. because what will happen when they go up against an American destroyer or cruiser.
  • michaelin reply toearlw35(Show commentHide comment)
    earlw35, send four or five? :)
  • teddy j
    SMALL BUT TERRIBLE -- the classic line perfectly describes this magnificent ship and its abilities.
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