The second corvette of the Russian Karakurt class starts his tests

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The Sovetsk corvette, hull number 252, second representative of the 22800 Karakurt light missile corvette project, was transferred to Lake Lagoda, to start its manufacturer tests, before being paid to the Baltic Fleet, to carry out its state tests, to be admitted to service before the end of 2019.

The Karakurt class ships weigh only 800 tons, for a length of 67m, are characteristic of the “Mosquito fleet” that the Russian Navy constitutes in order to control the interior seas, like the Baltic, the Black Sea and the Caspian Sea. Although very small in size, these corvettes are remarkably well armed, carrying 8 silos that can implement Kalibr cruise missiles, or P800 Onyx supersonic anti-ship missiles. They also feature a Pantsir-M anti-aircraft protection system, as well as a 76mm naval gun.

This is, for information purposes, an armament superior to that carried by the French light stealth frigates, reaching more than 3 times the tonnage of the Karakurt, and 5 times its price, but having, it is true, a much greater autonomy at sea, and a helicopter hangar. On the other hand, they do not carry any means of anti-submarine warfare, a function delegated to heavier frigates, as well as to conventionally powered submarines such as the SSKs of project 638.3 Improved Kilo.

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With an estimated purchase price of less than €30m, the Karakurt corvettes, ordered in 18 units, like the Buyan-M corvettes, ordered in 12 units, will allow the Russian Navy to quickly deploy numerous anti-ship vectors with 'a powerful land-strike capability, and thus to control the Black and Caspian Seas, and to challenge Western power in the Baltic Sea.

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