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Black Sea Fleet to run trials for latest Project 21631 corvette

18th August 2020 - 09:02 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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The ninth Buyan-M class (Project 21631) corvette for the Russian Navy will undergo state trials in Novorossiysk, TASS reported on 17 August.

Citing officials from the Black Sea Fleet, the news agency noted that ‘preparatory work’ on Graivoron includes equipping the superstructure, after which the crew and a delivery team from the local shipyard will commence the state trials.

The crew earlier attended the Russian Navy training centre in St Petersburg and personnel also underwent training at industrial enterprises where they familiarised themselves with the shipborne equipment and armament that they will operate.

Once these are completed, Graivoron will be enter service with the Black Sea Fleet as its fourth corvette. The others are Vyshny Volochek , Orekhovo-Zuyevo and Ingushetia.

Buyan-M class vessels have a full load displacement of 949t and measure 75m in length, with a beam of 11m and a draught of 2.5m.

According to Shephard Defence Insight, the corvettes are armed with Kalibr-NK 3M-14T (SS-N-30A 'Sizzler') land-attack cruise missiles, kept in eight-cell 3S14 vertical launchers.

Three more Project 21631 vessels are under construction with the last expected to be handed over in 2023.

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