Russian corvette Merkury is undergoing running trials in the Baltic Sea

According to information published by Tass on September 21, 2022, the Merkury (Mercury) latest corvette of project 20380 is undergoing running trials in the Baltic Sea.
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Russian Vyborg Shipyard laid the Purga ice class coastguard ship of project 23550 925 001 Russian Steregushchiy class (Project 20380) corvette Merkury (Picture source: VPK)

The Steregushchiy class, Russian designation Project 20380, is a class of corvettes being built for the Russian Navy. The export variant is known as Project 20382 Tigr.

The corvettes of Project 20380 are capable of solving a wide range of tasks as part of dissimilar groups of the fleet and individually. They are designed to operate in the maritime zone and combat enemy surface ships and submarines as well as for artillery support of maritime landing crafts and patrolling the area of responsibility.

The Project 20380 corvettes were designed by the Almaz Central Maritime Design Bureau. The Russian Navy currently has seven Project 20380 corvettes under construction and is currently constructing four more.

The contracts provide for the construction of four more ships of the series at Severnaya Verf. One ship of the redesigned Project 20385 has been built and two more are under construction. The corvette Mercury is being built at Severnaya Verf under the improved project 20386.

The corvette has a displacement of 1800 tons, a total of 2220 tons. The length is the largest at 104.5 meters, width 13 meters, and maximum draft of 7.95 meters. It has a maximum speed of 27 knots and a cruising range of 4000 miles.

Depending on the ship model, the armament of Project 20380 corvettes includes anti-ship missile launchers Kalibr-NK or Uran, antiaircraft missile systems Kortik-M or Poliment-Redut, two 30-mm AK-630M artillery pieces, a 100-mm gun mount A-190, and two 330-mm torpedo tubes. 

At the stern of the Project 20380 corvette, there is a hangar with a landing pad for the anti-submarine helicopter Kamov Ka-27. Fuel reserve for it is up to 20 tons.