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Analysis: Russian Navy Odintsovo corvette to undergo Arctic trials


The Odintsovo Karakurt-class corvette of project 22800 will be tested in the Arctic. It will train combat missions in a harsh climate. Experts believe the corvettes of the class are most fit for operations in the White and Barents Seas but have to be tested there first, the Izvestia daily writes.
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Russian Vyborg Shipyard laid the Purga ice class coastguard ship of project 23550 925 001Project 22800 corvettes being built at the Pella shipyard. In the foreground is the "Odintsovo" which is being prepared to start sea trials (it was laid down as Shkval, hull number 584), in the back are "Burya" and "Kozelsk" (laid down under the name "Storm"). (Picture source: Ministry of Defense Of Russia)


The Odintsovo differs from predecessors by the presence of Pantsir-M antiaircraft missile gun. It has eight launchers and two six-barrel 30mm automatic guns. The weapons can down cruise and anti-ship missiles, drones, airplanes and helicopters. Missiles are fired to a distance of 20 kilometres. Automatic guns down the targets which breakthrough.

The Odintsovo is to operate in the 1st battalion of the 36th brigade of missile boats of the Baltic fleet. Its warships are based in Baltiisk in Kaliningrad region. The Mytishchi and the Sovetsk first corvettes of the project are operating there.


Russian Vyborg Shipyard laid the Purga ice class coastguard ship of project 23550 925 001Corvette Odintsovo was launched in May 2018 as the Shkval. It is the first Karakurt-class corvette to feature a Pantsir-M CIWS with Hermes-K missiles. (Picture source: RussianArms / forums.airbase.ru)


Project 22800 corvettes comprise the biggest series of warships supplied to the Navy. 18 corvettes have been ordered. They are to be equally shared by the Pacific, Baltic and Black Sea fleets.

The corvettes are built with stealth technologies and armed with modern combat controls, detection, guidance and communication systems. They carry a 76.2mm AK-176MA artillery gun. Kalibr missiles are the main weapon. The corvettes can also be armed with supersonic anti-ship Onix missiles.

They carry Orlan-10 drone with a range of 120 kilometres. It is used as an air scout and pointer. The drones make the corvettes practically invisible, as they do not have to switch on the radars which can be detected by the adversary, the Izvestia said.


Russian Vyborg Shipyard laid the Purga ice class coastguard ship of project 23550 925 001Corvette Odintsovo was launched in May 2018 as the Shkval. It is the first Karakurt-class corvette to feature a Pantsir-M CIWS with Hermes-K missiles. (Picture source: RussianArms / forums.airbase.ru)


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