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Two Russian Northern Fleet Project 23040 boats to complete state trials in June


The Nizhegorodsky Teplokhod Shipyard in the Volga area continues the trials of two Project 23040 harbor rescue boats, the Defense Ministry’s press office said.
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Two Russian Northern Fleet Project 23040 boats to complete state trials in June 925 001Project 23040 harbor rescue boats (Picture source: Russian Ministry of Defense)


"The state trials are scheduled for June 10-24, 2020. The boats are planned to be delivered to the Pacific Fleet and put into operation by September 2020," the press office said.

The 23rd Project 23040 boat designed for the Northern Fleet is currently under construction.

The Project 23040 boat is intended to support diving operations at depths of up to 60 meters at slight sea. It has a small-size remotely-controlled unmanned underwater craft and a towed sonar that increase the effectiveness of search-and-rescue operations.

The Project 23040 boat can efficiently extinguish fires on warships and vessels, 30-meter high floating and coastal objects, pump water from a distressed ship, and provide electricity to it.


Two Russian Northern Fleet Project 23040 boats to complete state trials in June 925 002Project 23040 harbor rescue boats (Picture source: Russian Ministry of Defense)


About the Project 23040 boats:

The boats have advanced equipment and a broad engagement range. They provide decompression, air, oxygen and helium regimes of medical recompression. They are effective in rescue, technical and ship surfacing operations, in the research of seabed, submerged objects and erections. The boats can extinguish a fire on 30-meter high vessels, pump water out of a ship in distress, provide electricity to a wrecked ship or coastal object.

The boat is 28.09 meters long and 5.56 meters wide. The midship board is 3 meters high, the bow is 3.4 meters high. The average draft is 1.5 meters. Full displacement is close to 118 tons. The main engine has a 2x441 KW capacity. The diesel generator has 2x80 KW. The emergency diesel generator has 1x20 KW. The speed is close to 13.7 knots. The crew comprises 3 men and the diving team has 5 men. The range is 200 miles at 10 knots.

The boats carry VideoRay small remotely guided unmanned underwater craft to search for underwater objects, as well as a towed sonar to search for various objects at a depth of 150 meters and find people overboard with a night vision system.

The boats are equipped with new SVU-5 universal diving gear which can be quickly put on due to easily dismountable connections. The ring of the diving helmet is unified with the equipment of other producers. Communication means to make underwater speech properly audible.

The boats are for the first time controlled by joysticks which easily keep them in the assigned point in any conditions. The two-shaft diesel power plant with fixed-pitch propellers and a bow propulsion unit also help. Solid steel hull with ice reinforcements allows operating in winter and in river deltas.


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