Gepard Frigates for Vietnam to be delivered on time despite Ukraine's refusal to provide engines

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Gepard Frigates for Vietnam to be delivered on time despite Ukraine's refusal to provide engines
The Zelenodolsk Shipyard in the Volga area will deliver two Project 11661 Gepard-class frigates to the Vietnamese Navy on time despite Ukraine’s refusal to deliver components for them, Shipyard CEO Renat Mistakhov told TASS.
Gepard 3.9 class frigate Vietnam
The third Project 11661 Gepard-3.9-class frigate designed for the Vietnamese Navy was launched in May this year. Picture: Zelenodolsk Shipyard
"The frigates are planned to be delivered in 2017. In other words, we are catching up with the schedule after Ukraine’s refusal to deliver components," Mistakhov said. "The slippage exceeded one year. Now, we have dealt with it and will maintain the delivery pace," he added.

According to the CEO, the two ships are in the Black Sea now. "One of the frigates is currently undergoing shipbuilders’ trials, while the other ship is being prepared for tests." "Vietnam has been informed of the fulfillment of contractual obligations monthly," he added.

The Vietnamese Navy received the first two Project 11661 Gepard-3.9-class frigates in 2011. A contract for the construction of another two Gepard-class ships was signed in 2012. These frigates were laid down in the autumn of 2013. It was reported earlier that Vietnam was planning to order another two Project 11661 Gepard-class frigates. The Zelenodolsk Shipyard started to build Project 11661 Gepard-3.9-class frigates in 1990.

The Project 11661 Gepard-class frigate has a displacement of 1,500 tons. The vessel is equipped with artillery, anti-ship, air defense and antisubmarine weapons.
The Project 11661 frigate is designed to search for and fight underwater, surface and aerial targets, carry out patrol missions and escorting operations, as well as protect the maritime economic zone.

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