The Severnaya Verf plant, which is part of the United Shipbuilding Corporation, plans on December 25 to transfer the head corvette of the project 20385 “Thundering” to the Russian Navy. This was announced to reporters on Thursday, November 12, by the general director of the enterprise Igor Orlov.
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“Under our contract [передача] December 25. We expect that we will meet this deadline. “Thundering” is going through the stage of state tests, everything is going according to plan, “TASS quoted him as saying.
“Thundering” is the lead corvette of Project 20385, which was laid down on February 1, 2012 and launched in June 2017. The corvettes of this project were developed at the Almaz Central Design Bureau. They are designed to perform escort and strike missions in the near sea zone, patrolling coastal waters, and sentinel service.
Corvette “Thundering” will become the first ship – carrier of “Caliber” missiles in the Pacific Fleet. On October 31, 2019, Russian President Vladimir Putin, while visiting a corvette under construction, announced that it was planned to equip it with the latest Zircon hypersonic missiles.
“Zircon” is created to destroy sea and ground targets. Its flight speed can reach about Mach 9 (10.7 thousand km h), the estimated flight range is more than 1,000 km.