The shipyard “Severnaya Verf” on December 29 handed over to the Russian Navy the lead corvette of the project 20385 “Thundering”.
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The Commander-in-Chief of the Russian Navy Nikolai Evmenov noted that the corvette will soon be redeployed to the place of service in the Pacific Fleet, Interfax reports.
The corvette is designed to carry out escort and strike missions in the sea zone, patrolling coastal waters, as well as to combat surface ships and submarines.
In particular, the “Gremyashchey” has artillery, anti-missile, anti-submarine, hydroacoustic and radar systems. In addition, the corvette has a hangar for the Ka-27 helicopter.
According to Evmenov, in the future, six more corvettes will be built and sent to serve in the Pacific Fleet. In the future, the ships will be equipped with Zircon missiles.
In October 2019, Russian President Vladimir Putin examined the Thundering corvette. In particular, he approved plans to equip the ship with Zircon hypersonic missiles.
“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. “Zircon” is created to destroy sea and ground targets. The rocket’s flight speed can reach about Mach 9 (10.7 thousand km / h), the estimated flight range is more than 1,000 km.