Russia's Northern Shipyard (Severnaya Verf), a subsidiary of the United Shipbuilding Corporation (USC), has launched the lead ship of the Project 20385 Gremyaschiy-class corvettes, Jane's has learned.According to the shipyard's director general, Igor Ponomaryov, the Project 20385 corvette designed by USC subsidiary Almaz Central Marine Design Bureau has a "pivotal advantage" over the previously delivered ships of the class. "The ship is armed with a state-of-the-art weapons suite and features a radar-absorbing coating that reduces the corvette's signature," Ponomaryov said. Gremyaschiy will have a new multipurpose radar system fitted with active and passive phased antenna arrays. The corvette's superstructure, produced by the Sredne-Nevskiy Shipyard, a subsidiary of USC, is made of composite materials that reduce its radar signature.The head of the Russian Navy's shipbuilding department, Rear Admiral Vladimir Tryapichnikov, said at the launch ceremony that the Project 20385 series will comprise four corvettes. "Then, we will switch to the building of Project 20386 corvettes," he said, adding that Gremyaschiy will be earmarked for the Pacific Fleet.The corvette's harbour acceptance test is scheduled for August, with its delivery to Russia's Ministry of Defence by the end of 2018.According to the Northern Shipyard, the Project 20385 corvette has a displacement of 2,500 tonnes, a length of 106 m, a width of 13 m, a speed of up to 27 kt, a cruising range of 3,500 n miles, an endurance of 15 days, and a crew of 99 naval servicemen.
The lead ship of the Project 20385 Gremyaschiy-class corvettes was launched at Russia's Northern Shipyard in St Petersburg. Source: Nikolai Novichkov