As reported on April 11, 2018, JSC "Leningrad Shipyard Pella" (Otradnoe, Leningrad region), it carried out the launch of the next built for the Russian Navy "patrol boat" project 03160 (code "Raptor") with the building number 714. It is reported that, that after completion of the necessary tests, the boat will be handed over to the State Customer and incorporated into the Baltic Fleet of the Russian Federation.
This is the first boat of the project 03160, built by the Pella plant in 2018, and the sixth, built under the contract for the construction of eight boats of this type, concluded with the Russian Defense Ministry in May 2016. Earlier, two boats for this contract P-415 and P-425 (building numbers 709 and 711) were launched at Pella in December 2016 and joined the Black Sea Fleet on May 8, 2017, and two more P-413 boats were lowered on December 14, 2016) and P-345 (building number 712, launched on May 30, 2017) were transferred to the Baltic Fleet. Another boat (building number 713) was launched on August 24, 2017 and is planned to be put into the Caspian Flotilla.
Earlier, under the previous contract in 2014, the Pella plant passed to the Ministry of Defense of Russia eight project 03160 vessels during 2015 - four planned for the 2014 program, and four for the 2015 program. Of these boats, seven (building numbers from 701 to 705 and from 707 to 708) are officially listed as part of the Russian Navy counter-sabotage boats. In fact, according to known data, these boats are used in fleets as part of naval reconnaissance points for special purposes. Of these, two boats (P-280 and P-281, the corresponding building numbers 705 and 704) are part of the Baltic Fleet, based on Kronstadt, and the remaining five (P-274, P-275, P-276, P-838, P-845) - are part of the Black Sea Fleet, based on Novorossiysk and Sevastopol.
Another cutter of project 03160 P-344 with building number 706, commissioned in August 2015, was built in the form of a communications boat - in fact, as a traveling boat for VIP transport. Formally considered to be part of the Baltic Fleet, the P-344 boat is permanently moored at the DBR-481 berthing berth complex-project 02590 of the National Defense Management Center of the Russian Federation on the Frunzenskaya Embankment of the Moskva River, and, apparently, is used as a personal patrol boat by the Minister of Defense Russia. As a traveling boat for VIP transportation, the above mentioned P-413 boat was completed.