Southeast Asian countries reportedly interested in Russian surface ships

According to information published by Tass on August 17, 2022, some Southeast Asian countries have shown interest in upgrading their naval equipment and talks on supplies and licensed production of surface ships are also in progress, Head of the Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation Dmitry Shugayev told at the Army 2022 international military-technical forum.
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Russian Vyborg Shipyard laid the Purga ice class coastguard ship of project 23550 925 001Russian Defense Exhibition Army 2020, Moscow. (Picture source: Army)

The Army 2022 international military-technical forum is running on August 15-21 at the Patriot exhibition center outside Moscow. The Defense Ministry is the organizer of the forum.

For now, the only Southeast Asian country with many Russian-made surface ships is the Socialist Republic of Vietnam. It has Tarantul-class corvettes and Gepard-class frigates.

The Soviet designation Project 1241 Molniya are a class of Russian missile corvettes (large missile cutters in Soviet classification). They have the NATO reporting name Tarantul (not to be confused with the Stenka-class patrol boat, whose official Soviet name is also Project 205P Tarantul). These ships were designed to replace the Project 205M Tsunami missile cutter (NATO: Osa-class missile boat).

The Russian Gepard-class frigates, Russian designation Project 11661, is a class of frigates that were intended as successors to the earlier Koni-class frigates and Grisha, and Parchim-class corvettes. The first unit of the class, Yastreb (Hawk), was laid down at the Zelenodol'sk Zavod shipyard at Tatarstan in 1991.

These vessels are capable of employing their weapons systems in conditions up to Sea State 5. The hull and superstructure are constructed primarily of steel, with some aluminum-magnesium being used in the upper superstructure. They are equipped with fin stabilizers and twin rudders, and can use either gas turbines or diesel for propulsion in a CODOG configuration.

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