Laid down at the Amur Shipyard in 2006 and launched in 2015, the Sovershenny will be the fifth Steregushchy ('Vigilant') class, Project 20380 corvette to be commissioned into the Russian Navy, and the first to join the Pacific Fleet. The Steregushchy class is Russia's newest corvette design, and with a displacement of 2,200 metric tons, is designated by NATO as a frigate.
The vessel will undergo testing of its power plant, steering systems, auxiliary equipment, communications, detection and navigation equipment, as well as anchoring mechanisms. In addition, according to Vladimir Matveyev, a spokesman for the Russian Pacific Fleet, "high-speed movement, maneuvering and vibration testing will also be carried out."
"The manufacturers' sea trials are an essential stage in completing the process of construction of any ship," Matveyev noted.
The Sovershenny, a 104.5-meter long, diesel-powered vessel with a crew of 90-100 officers and able sailors, is classified by the Navy as a multi-purpose vessel designed for coastal defense. The warship is armed with the latest guided missile systems, which are designed to engage surface ships and submarines, but also to provide shore bombardment support for amphibious assaults.
The Sovershenny's arsenal includes the Arsenal A-190 100mm forward gun, the 3M24 Uran ('Uranus') anti-ship missile complex, the Redut ('Redoubt') anti-aircraft complex, as well as two twin-tube launchers for 533mm heavy anti-sub and anti-torpedo torpedoes. For close-in defense the ship is equipped with large-caliber machine guns and grenade launchers, including the AK630M close-in weapon system. The ship also has four PK-10 decoy launchers. The ship's targeting computers are capable of tracking multiple targets simultaneously.
The vessels are equipped with a powerful arsenal of modern air and surface-search radar and electronic equipment, including electronic warfare systems and stealth technology, aimed at reducing the ship's radar signature.
At the stern of the ship there is a helipad for the Ka-27 anti-submarine warfare helicopter.
Foreign buyers have also shown interest in the Steregushchy-class corvette, with two ships under construction for the Algerian Navy, with up to four more planned. The export version, known as Project 20382 Tigr, has an estimated price tag of between $120-150 million US per ship. These vessels are expected to be equipped with P-800 Oniks anti-ship supersonic missiles in addition to their compliment of 3M24 Uran missiles.