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Russian Kerch shipyard floats out Project 22800 corvette Askold

According to information published by Tass on September 22, 2021, the Russian Kerch Shipyard in Crimea has floated the Askold corvette of project 22800, the Crimean State Council said.
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Russian Vyborg Shipyard laid the Purga ice class coastguard ship of project 23550 925 001 Project 22800 corvette Askold (Picture source: Tass)

The Askold is the second project 22800 corvette built by the Kerch Shipyard. The Black Sea fleet said in August that the Tsiklon would enter service by the yearend.

Currently, the Russian Navy operates three project 22800 corvettes: the Mytishchi, the Sovetsk and the Odintsovo. All of them are operating in the Baltic Fleet. Overall, shipbuilders will construct 18 such warships, which will be divided equally between the Pacific, Baltic and Black Sea fleets.

The Karakurt class, Russian designation Project 22800 Karakurt, is a class of corvettes (small missile ships in Russian classification) under construction for the Russian Navy.

Ships of the class have a stealth-shaped superstructure with an integrated mast carrying four phased array radar panels. The primary armament consists of Kalibr cruise missiles or P-800 Oniks supersonic anti-ship missiles carried in eight UKSK VLS 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.