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Nanuchka III-class corvettes to gain new lease of life

21st February 2020 - 15:30 GMT | by Alexander Mladenov, Krassimir Grozev in Sofia

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The Russian Navy is set to upgrade three more Project 12341 (Nanuchka III-class) missile corvettes in an effort to boost the offensive capabilities of its Pacific Fleet.

The first ship of this class to undergo an upgrade (Smerch, pictured above) was modernised in an experimental project. The newly upgraded vessel successfully completed its test programme in 2019 and made its public debut last July in a naval review in Vladivostok.

There is no firm contract yet for the three-vessel upgrade, but the Deputy Defence Minister responsible for weapons systems procurement, Alexey Krivoruchko, told Russian media that in addition to

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Alexander Mladenov

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Alexander Mladenov is a Shephard correspondent based in Sofia, Bulgaria.

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Krassimir Grozev

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