New Russian corvette on the horizon?
Army-2017 ": Krylov Center will present a new corvette" Breeze "
Krylov State Research Center (KGNC) plans to present at the forum "Army-2017" a model of the promising corvette "Breeze". FlotProm was informed about this by a source in KGNC, who is familiar with the situation.
The press service of the enterprise confirmed this information to the FlotProm correspondent: "Such a question is really being worked out, but there is no final decision yet."
Model of the promising corvette "Breeze"Press Service of the Krylov State Research Center
According to the source, the project of a promising corvette was planned to be presented at the International Naval Salon-2017, but the permission for the presentation was not received.
The displacement of the 115-meter "Breeze" will be about 2000 tons, the expected speed - up to 30 knots, the range of travel - up to 4000 miles, autonomy - up to 15 days.
The ship will receive a combined diesel-gas turbine power plant with a capacity of about 32 thousand horsepower. It became more compact and less powerful, due to which it was possible to free up space for armament. At the same time, developers added, it was possible to maintain the speed and make the corvette more economical.
Armament of the ship - 24 vertical launch (UVP) installations for guided missile weapons. This is more than on ships with a similar displacement. The air defense of the ship is provided by 16 anti-aircraft guided missiles (SAM) of long range and 32 small, universal 100-mm automatic artillery mount, as well as two 30-mm six- or twelve-barreled automatic weapons.
Antisubmarine weapons and anti-torpedo protection are represented by two four-tube torpedo tubes "Packet-NK" caliber 324 mm.
Military analyst Konstantin Sivkov, retired Captain of the 1st Rank and Doctor of Military Sciences, told FlotProm that the scale of weapons declared by the designer - "purely frigate, will be a very worthy volley, capable of destroying one or two American destroyers." The number of BREEZE "BREEZE" is the same as that of the MRK of project 21631 "Buyan-M" (
and the frigate of project 22350 (16) taken together.
At the same time, the expert added, "the separate location of installations and anti-aircraft missiles is detrimental, this is a vicious concept." According to him, ships are being built in the world today, where the vertical launching units are universal and can accommodate both anti-aircraft and strike weapons. "It will not be possible to ensure interchangeability of missiles in this way, it will not be possible to carry out an operational maneuver by the composition of weapons," Sivkov said.
In addition, 16 long-range anti-aircraft missiles are a very small ammunition, within 4-6 destroyed air targets, "the analyst said. But 32 short-range missiles with a 4-6 channel complex are able to hit 8 to 12 targets. "This is enough for self-defense," he stressed.
"Such a powerful weapon is possible due to the reduction of something else - for example, range or autonomy, these parameters, claimed by the developer, are overestimated, they are unrealistic." It is also possible that electronic weapons were sacrificed, "summed up Konstantin Sivkov.
"Breeze" became the next corvette, which is being created in Russia. The Northern Design Bureau also starts work on creating the appearance of a heavy corvette with a displacement of more than two thousand tons. The project of the ship was previously given the number 23800.
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