According to information released by the Russian press agency TASS, the Black Sea Fleet of the Russian Navy is to receive two latest Karakurt-class corvettes of project 22800 armed with Pantsir-M air defense this year, the Izvestia daily writes quoting Russian Defense Ministry sources.
Crews for the new corvettes have been formed. Both warships will operate in the 41st brigade of missile ships. They are to join the fleet by the end of the year, however, the time may be postponed.
The sources said the Tsiklon and the Askold corvettes are built by Zaliv Shipyard in Kerch. The Tsiklon was floated a year ago and is undergoing trials. The Askold is at the final construction stage.
The Black Sea fleet will get upgraded project 22800 corvettes armed with better weapons than predecessors. In particular, they carry Pantsir-M air defense launcher. The corvettes can fire Kalibr and Onyx missiles. The body of the warships is made with stealth technologies…
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