Viet Nam can buy Project 22800 class Karakurt corvette

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Viet Nam can buy Project 22800 class Karakurt corvette
Viet Nam can buy Project 22800 class Karakurt corvette

The Russian news agency said that Vietnam could buy Project 22800 class Karakurt corvette equipped with Kalibr cruise missiles

Karakurt corvette (Project 22800) are the next generation of Buyan-M ships, 67m in length, 10m in width, 4m in draft, 800 tons in displacement, maximum speed of 30 knots about 55 km / h). Ships with a radius of between 2,500-3,000 nautical miles (4,600km), a journey time of about 15 days.

The Project 22800 class Karakurt corvette was first introduced in 2015 and was developed from Project 12300 Skorpion, which was launched in 1990. The design of the ship was also influenced by the success of Project 21631’s Buyan-M. However, the Karakurt ships were designed differently due to the design of the vessel in stealth style, in addition, the ship was equipped with phase array radar

Project 22800 class Karakurt corvette is armed with a 76.2mm AK-176MA main gun, the Pantsir-M CIWS near-missile defense system is the Navy version of the famous Pantsir defense system. with Hermes-K missiles or 3M89 Palash / Palma CIWS system with Sosna-R missiles on the first two ships was built, equipped with the AK-630M-2 CIWS system. For protection against small boats or infantry boats, there are also two 14.5mm MTPU machine guns. The most powerful weapons on board are two vertical missile launchers, each containing four Kalibr-NK cruise missile launchers or the P-800 Oniks anti-ship missile. Unfortunately, there are no anti-submarine weapons on board. 

The Karakurts have a stealth shaped superstructure with an integrated mast carrying four phased array radar panels. The primary armament consists of Kalibr-NK cruise missiles or P-800 Oniks supersonic anti-ship missiles carried in eight UKSK vertical launching system cells in the rear part of the superstructure, behind the bridge. The corvettes built for the Russian Navy will be equipped with a 76.2 mm AK-176MA automatic dual-purpose gun, a modernized version of the AK-176. A proposed export version may carry the Italian OTO Melara 76 mm gun. 

Russian naval commander Admiral Viktor Chirkov said that the naval forces would order at least 19 of these ships to allocate to the four Black Sea, Caspian, North and Pacific fleets, each Fleet will be from 4-6 ships. So far three have been completed with the Uragan, the Taifun equipped for the Baltic fleet, and the Shkval equipped for the Northern Fleet.

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