Two Russia Navy's Steregushchiy-class corvette visits Shanghai


According to information published by Tass on July 10, 2023, in a historic first since the lift of COVID-19 restrictions, two Russian Steregushchiy-class corvettes Gromkiy and Sovershenniy docked at Shanghai's port, marking a significant friendly visit.
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Russian Vyborg Shipyard laid the Purga ice class coastguard ship of project 23550 925 001 Russian Steregushchiy-class corvette Sovershenniy. (Picture source: Chinese TV)


The ship exhibits a standard displacement of 1,800 tons, which expands to 2,200 tons when fully loaded. She measures 104.5 meters in length and has a beam, or width, of 13 meters at the upper part, tapering to 11.6 meters at the waterline. The draught, or vertical distance between the waterline and the bottom of the hull, stands at 3.7 meters.

Powering this naval titan are four Kolomna 16D49 diesel engines, assembled in a 2-shaft Combined Diesel and Diesel (CODAD) configuration. These engines generate a remarkable 23,664 horsepower, equivalent to 17.6 Megawatts, providing the ship a top speed of 27 knots (or about 31 mph).

With an operational range of 3,800 nautical miles at a cruising speed of 14 knots, the vessel can endure up to 15 days at sea. The ship is also equipped with a 380/220 V AC, 50 Hz, 4x630 kW diesel genset for installed power.

The ship accommodates 90 personnel, maintaining an optimal balance between manning requirements and automation. In terms of armament, she carries a versatile range of weapons.

The main armament includes a 100 mm A-190 Arsenal or a 130 mm A-192 naval gun. The defensive systems feature 1 Kashtan CIWS-M for close-in weapon systems and 2 AK-630М CIWS.

She is also equipped with 2 sets of 4 Kh-35 anti-ship missiles and 12 Redut VLS cells for air defence. For anti-submarine warfare, the corvette features 2 sets of 4 330mm torpedo tubes for Paket-NK torpedoes, in addition to 2 14.5 mm MTPU pedestal machine guns.

The ship's sensory and navigation capabilities are equally impressive. For air and surface search, it utilizes the Furke 2 and Garpun-B/3Ts-25E/PLANK SHAVE radars, respectively, complemented by a Monument targeting radar and a Ratep 5P-10E Puma for fire control.

Underwater detection is managed by the Zarya-M sonar suite, including a Vinyetka low-frequency active/passive towed array sonar. Navigation is assisted by the Gorizont-25 integrated navigation system.

The electronic warfare suite consists of the TK-25E-5 ECM, along with 4 PK-10 decoy launchers for countermeasures. Finally, the vessel is capable of carrying a Ka-27 helicopter within its hangar, and she also includes a launch pad for the UAV Orlan-10, further enhancing its versatility and operational scope.