December 1, 01:06
Source: the new minesweeper "Anatoly Shlemov" can be handed over to the Russian Navy in December
According to a source in the military-industrial complex, the ship is currently being tested in the Pacific Fleet.
MOSCOW, 1 December. /TASS/. The minesweeper "Anatoly Shlemov" of project 12700 (code "Alexandrite") can be transferred to the Navy (Navy) of the Russian Federation after testing until the beginning of 2023. This was reported to TASS by a source in the military-industrial complex.
"Currently, Anatoly Shlemov is being tested in the Pacific Fleet (Pacific Fleet). If they are successfully completed, it can be transferred to the Pacific Fleet at the end of December," he said.
TASS does not have official confirmation of this information.
In turn, the head of the Sredne-Nevsky Shipbuilding Plant, Vladimir Seredokho, told TASS that before the end of the year, it was planned to transfer two minesweepers to the Navy, two more in 2023, one in 2024, and two annually from 2025.
"Anatoly Shlemov" is the third sea minesweeper of project 12700, intended for the Pacific Fleet, and the seventh "Alexandrite" in a row. A minesweeper of this type "Yakov Balyaev" is serving in Kamchatka, and the second such ship, "Pyotr Ilyichev", was handed over to the fleet in mid-November.
The minesweeper Anatoly Shlemov was laid down in July 2019 and launched in November 2021. Sea trials started in Primorye in early November 2022.
Project 12700 "Alexandrite" was developed by the Almaz Central Marine Design Bureau. Ships of this type are designed primarily to search for and destroy mines in the waters of naval bases. They are equipped with hydroacoustic stations located both on board and on remote-controlled and autonomous underwater vehicles. At the same time, "Alexandrites" can also use traditional minesweeping weapons.
The advantage of the composite minesweepers of project 12700 is considered to be higher strength in comparison with steel hulls, which ensures greater survivability when searching for mines. The service life of a ship made of monolithic fiberglass is longer than that of a hull made of low-magnetic steel, and the weight of the hull is much less. The displacement of the ship is 890 tons, length - 61 m, width - 10 m, speed - 16.5 knots, crew - 44 people. The ship has high maneuverability due to the use of an effective set of various thrusters.