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Le chantier Severnaya Verf de Saint-Petersbourg débute la construction de 2 corvettes Projet 20380 pour la Marine russe

Le chantier Severnaya Verf de Saint-Petersbourg débute la construction de 2 corvettes Projet 20380 pour la Marine russe | Newsletter navale | Scoop.it

On February 20, Shipyard Severnaya Verf OJSC (Saint-Petersburg) laid down corvettes of project 20380 for RF Navy, the shipyard told IAA PortNews.

The state-of-the-art ships Retivy and Strogy are intended to combat surface ships and submarines, for landing and amphibious operations.

As of the beginning of 2015, RF Navy numbers four ships of this project: Steregushchy, Soobrazitelny, Boiky and Stoiky.

OJSC "Severnaya Verf" Shipyard (part of United Shipbuilding Corporation Group) is a leading shipbuilding company in Russia, building more than 75% of the Russian military surface warships. The company was founded on November 14, 1912, as "Putilovskaya Shipyard."

The company is dedicated to construction, repair and retrofitting of surface warships, including destroyers, frigates, corvettes under the state defense contracts for the Russian Navy. The company also executes contracts for  foreign Navy under military and technical cooperation. Severnaya Verft also specializes in commercial shipbuilding for the domestic and foreign markets,  manufacturing PSVs of various types, icebreakers, tankers and 12000 dwt dry cargo carriers.

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La Russie met en chantier 2 nouvelles corvettes classe Steregushchy Projet 20380 au lieu de versions améliorées Projet 20385

La Russie met en chantier 2 nouvelles corvettes classe Steregushchy Projet 20380 au lieu de versions améliorées Projet 20385 | Newsletter navale | Scoop.it

Two new Steregushchy class corvettes based on the original design, the Project 20380, will be laid down for the Russian Navy at the end of February in St. Petersburg, according to TASS quoting the representative of the Ministry of Defense Igor Dygalo. This comes as a surprise because all future corvettes for the Russian Navy were expected to be Project 20385 (Gremyashchy-class), an improved version of Project 20380. The reason may be European sanctions.

"It is planned that in the last ten days of February the Severnaya Verf shipyard in St. Petersburg will start construction of two new Project 20380 corvettes on the same day", - said Dygalo.
Project 20385 has been criticized as being too expensive and redundant in its armament. Navy Recognition believes however that another reason for Russia resuming Project 20380 corvettes construction may be European sanctions following the crisis in Ukraine: The improved design is fitted with MTU engines (from Germany) instead of the Russian DDA12000 diesel units in the original vessels. The recent sanctions mean Russia can not take delivery of the German made engines anymore.
Only two Gremyashchy-class corvette (of Project 20385) have been laid so far: The first one, Gremyashchy, in February 2012 and the second one, Provornyy, in July 2013.
The Gremyashchy-class corvettes differ from their predecessors of the Steregushchy-class by greater dimensions and displacement. They have a steel hull and composite superstructure, with a bulbous bow and nine watertight subdivisions. Compared with the Soobrazitelny, Boiky, Sovershenny and Stoiky ships, which are fitted with Redut air defense VLS system of 12 launchers on the bow, these new ships are equipped with a UKSK VLS system comprising 8 launchers for SS-N-27 or SS-N-26 cruise missiles instead.
Currently, the Russian Navy has four Project 20380 corvettes, all of which are in the Baltic Sea. Two more ships are being built at the Amur Shipbuilding Plant for the needs of the Russian Pacific Fleet and should be commissioned this year.

Link to Project 20380 Steregushchy-class corvette technical datasheet

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