"According to the agreement with the [Russian] Defense Ministry, Ivan Antonov will be handed over to the Russian Navy in 2018," the press-service said in a statement.
According to the statement, the vessel's floating is set for the next spring.
Ivan Antonov represents a new generation of the mine defense ships. It is designed to search and destroy mines in the water areas of naval bases at safe distances. The 44-member-crew vessel is 67 yards long, 11 yards wide, displaces 890 tonnes and can reach a speed of up to 16.5 knots. The construction of the ship formally began on January 25.
The lead ship of the Project 12700, named the Alexander Obukhov, has been built and handed over to the Russian Navy in 2016. The vessel is already in service.
In December 2016, the Russian Navy said it had contracted for another seven Alexandrit-class minesweepers on top of the four ordered earlier. A total of over 40 vessels are to be commissioned in the longer term.