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Pacific fleet receives new warships, submarines - Part 2


The Russian Pacific fleet is receiving new warships. The Aldar Tsydenzhapov corvette of project 20380 joined it on December 25, 2020. The Navy flag was hoisted on the Yakov Balyaev minesweeper of project 12700 on December 26. The Pacific fleet will receive the Anatoly Shlemov second minesweeper of the series in 2022.
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Russian Vyborg Shipyard laid the Purga ice class coastguard ship of project 23550 925 001Russian MiG-31BM (Picture source: Dimitry Pichugin)


Amur Shipyard will commission another warship of project 20380 by the end of the year. The Rezky corvette will leave the dock of the shipyard in the summer of 2021 and will sail to Vladivostok for factory and acceptance trials. It has to join the fleet in December.

Amur Shipyard plans to lay the Grozny corvette of project 20380 and the Buyny corvette of project 20385 shortly. They are the first warships to be built by the 2020 contract with the Defense Ministry. It stipulates that the fleet has to receive two project 20380 and four project 20385 corvettes in 2024-2028.

The Gremyashchy corvette built by Severnaya Verf Shipyard in St. Petersburg will be the first project 20385 corvette in the Pacific fleet. The carrier of Kalibr missiles is to arrive in the Far East in several months.

Amur Shipyard is building four Karakurt-class corvettes of project 22800 — the Rzhev, the Udomlya, the Ussuriisk, the Pavlovsk. They also carry Kalibr missiles. The construction is on schedule.

The Pacific fleet will receive two diesel-electric submarines of project 636.3 built by Admiralty Shipyard. The Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky joined the Navy in November 2019. The Navy flag was hoisted on the Volkhov submarine in 2020. The submarines carry Kalibr cruise missiles and will considerably reinforce the fleet. They will sail from the Baltic Sea to the Far East in the summer of 2021. The deployment base has all the necessary infrastructure to accommodate the subs.

In March, the Magadan third submarine was floated. The Ufa fourth sub is in a high state of readiness. Another two diesel-electric submarines will be laid in 2021. The Pacific fleet has to receive all the six submarines of project 636.3 by 2024.

The fleet will shortly receive the Alexander Anishchenko big hydrographic boat of project 19920 built by the shipyard in Blagoveshchensk. Grachonok-class countersubversion boat of project 21980 has recently arrived to the deployment base in Kamchatka.

The fleet successfully operates the Andrey Stepanov tugboat of project 23470, two diving boats of project 23040, four self-propelled floating cranes of project 02690. Vostochnaya Verf Shipyard in Vladivostok is to complete the first small sea tanker of project 03182.

In the past years, the Pacific fleet received close to 20 new and upgraded warships and supply vessels. It is to get another ten combatants shortly.

Coastal forces of the fleet are receiving modern hardware. Pacific fleet marines have been rearmed with BTR-82A APC. Marine brigades in Primorye and Kamchatka received T-80BV tanks. Primorye marine formation received 40 BMP-3 infantry fighting vehicles in April 2021.

Coastal missile formations have been armed with Bal and Bastion complexes. Other units have renewed their automobile fleet.

Naval aviation maintains high combat readiness. MiG-31 fighter jets are on duty in Kamchatka and Chukotka. Foreign aircraft have increased their presence in the regions lately. The aviation of the Pacific fleet tracks them over the Pacific Ocean, the Bering and Chukotka Seas.

The Mikoyan MiG-31 is a Russian-made supersonic fighter aircraft developed to replace the MiG-25 "Foxbat". The MiG-31 was designed by the Mikoyan design bureau based on the MiG-25.

MiG-31 can work efficiently in all weather conditions while fulfilling visual flight rules (VFR) and instrument flight rules (IFR), day and night. It is equipped with state-of-the-art digital avionics.

MiG-31 supersonic aircraft is equipped with two Solovyev D-30F6 turbofan shaft engines with a take-off thrust of 15,500kgf each. The dry thrust of the D-30F6 is 9,500kgf for each engine. The engine provides a maximum speed of Mach 1.23 at a low altitude and increases the aircraft's range.


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