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Russia Launches Construction of New Patrol Ship Class

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The lead vessel in a new class of patrol ships was laid down in a ceremony at Russia’s Zelenodolsky shipyard Wednesday, the builder said in a statement.

MOSCOW, February 26 (RIA Novosti) – The lead vessel in a new class of patrol ships was laid down in a ceremony at Russia’s Zelenodolsky shipyard Wednesday, the builder said in a statement.

The Vasily Bykov will be the first diesel-powered Project 22160 patrol ship and is planned to feature a helicopter landing pad on its aft deck, according to the Severnoye Design Bureau, the vessel's designer.

The 1,300-ton ship will have a range of 6,000 nautical miles and be armed with a single 57mm cannon, heavy machine guns, air defense systems and optional missile launchers.

“This ship is a vessel of a new generation, built according to modular principles,” Cpt. of the First Rank Igor Dygalo said.

Dygalo explained that owing to its modular design the ship could be re-tasked in short order to perform a range of duties.

The new class is intended for economic zone patrol, search-and-rescue operations, anti-piracy and anti-smuggling activities, environmental monitoring, as well as coastal defense and escort service, according to the shipyard’s statement.

A navy spokesperson said that six ships of the class are expected to be built by 2019.

 

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