Russian Navy Project 12700 Alexandrit-class MCM Vessels to Use USV for Coastal Mine Detection

a
Naval Forces News - Russia
 
 
 
Russian Navy Project 12700 Alexandrit-class MCM Vessels to Use USV for Coastal Mine Detection
 
Russia’s Project 12700 mine sweeper with the fiberglass plastic hull will detect advanced mines able to bury themselves into the sea bed, Russian Navy Deputy Commander-in-Chief for Armament Vice-Admiral Viktor Bursuk said.
     
Project 12700 mine sweeper Alexander ObukhovThe first Project 12700 Alexandrit-class MCM vessel. Picture: Sredne-Nevsky Shipyard
     
The Project 12700 mine sweeper will also use unmanned boats, he added.

"The ship is designed to sweep for mines currently used by potential enemies and the navies of world powers rather than the mines planted during the Great Patriotic War," Bursuk said.

"The talk is about the fight against smart bombs able to bury themselves into the sea bed and be invisible for ships without special equipment," he added.

According to him, Project 12700 mine sweepers are expected to make up the mainstay of the Russian Navy’s anti-mine defense forces "for several dozen years to come."

"The design thought does not stand still. In particular, the third Project 12700 mine sweeper Ivan Antonov will use an unmanned boat that will sweep for mines in shallow waters autonomously,"
CEO of Russia’s Almaz Central Marine Design Bureau Alexander Shlyakhtenko said.

According to Bursuk, only ships of the type will be built for the mine-sweeping forces as they have a standard size and are furnished with advanced mine-detecting equipment.

The ships of project 12700 Alexandrit are a new generation of mine sweepers. The fiberglass hull considerably decreases the weight and extends the life cycle. The warships can fight mines with various flails, tele-guided and autonomous unmanned underwater craft.

© Copyright 2017 TASS. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
 

Cookies settings

×

Functional Cookies

This site uses cookies to ensure its proper functioning and cannot be deactivated from our systems. We don't use them not for advertising purposes. If these cookies are blocked, some parts of the site will not work.

Session

Please login to see yours activities!

Other cookies

This website uses a number of cookies to manage, for example: user sessions.