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Work Begins on 6th Missile Boat for Caspian Flotilla

Work Begins on 6th Missile Boat for Caspian Flotilla 30.08.2013
Text: RIA Novosti
Photo: The Zelenodolsk shipyard. RIA Novosti
Construction work has begun on a sixth attack missile boat for the Russian Navys Caspian Flotilla, a shipyard representative told RIA Novosti on Thursday.

The Zelenodolsk shipyard, based in Russias Tatarstan Republic, is building the series of six missile boats under a 2010 contract with the Defense Ministry. All the boats are due to enter service with the Caspian fleet.

The first two missile corvettes the Grad Sviyazhsk and the Uglich were floated out on June 22 and August 22, respectively. Another three the Veliky Ustyug, the Zelyony Dol and the Serpukhov are under construction.

The sixth boat has been named the Vyshny Volochek, a shipyard official told RIA Novosti. He did not say when the ships would be completed or what the total construction costs would be.

The Project 21631 (Buyan-M) corvette has a displacement of 949 tons and maximum speed of 25 knots. It is armed with Kalibr (SS-N-27) anti-ship missiles, 100-mm and 30-mm guns, as well as Igla-1M air defense missiles.

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