MOSCOW, July 31. /TASS/. Three Project 22800 Karakurt-class missile corvettes are set to join the Russian Navy this year, Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu told a conference call with military commanders on Monday.
The latest Project 22800 Karakurt-class green-water warships are capable of delivering high-precision missile strikes on vital enemy ground sites and adversary ships at sea, Shoigu said.
"In July, the Black Sea Fleet received the serial-built warship Tsiklon of this class. Three warships are due to be accepted for service by the end of this year," the defense chief said.
Pursuant to plans, another two Project 22800 Karakurt-class missile corvettes are due to enter service with the Russian Navy in 2024, Shoigu said.
During the conference call, a report was delivered on the schedule of building Project 12700 Alexandrit-class minesweepers.
"These new warships deal with mine countermeasures in the close-in maritime zone. They are furnished with the latest capabilities of detecting and destroying mines, sonar stations, anti-mine protection and robotic vehicles," the defense chief said.
Project 22800 Karakurt-class missile corvettes are a Russian series of multipurpose green-water missile/artillery warships engineered by the Almaz Central Marine Design Bureau. They displace 800 metric tons and carry Kalibr cruise missiles.
Russia’s Project 12700 Alexandrit-class coastal-type minesweepers engineered by the Almaz Central Marine Design Bureau belong to a new generation of minesweeping forces and are designed to fight sea mines, which the new ships can encounter in the sea and on the seabed without entering the dangerous zone. The minesweepers can employ various sweeps, as well as remotely controlled and autonomous underwater drones.