Military Pay Scale Military Ranks Aircraft / Aviation Vehicles & Artillery Infantry Arms Warships & Submarines

Nanuchka (class) / (Project 1234 Ovod)

Missile Corvette Warship

Naval Warfare / Ships

1 / 1
Image from the Russian Ministry of Defense.

Some forty-seven Nanuchka-class missile corvettes were completed for the Soviet Union and others during the latter half of the Cold War period.

Authored By: Staff Writer | Last Edited: 10/30/2018 | Content ©www.MilitaryFactory.com
During the 1970s, the Soviet Union constructed a new corvette group of compact warship known as the Nanuchka-class (also Project 1234 "Ovod"). Total strength eventually numbered forty-seven vessels completed with a single example cancelled. Five were ultimately lost under various circumstances and twenty-seven were retired (as of 2017). About a dozen remain in service with the modern Russian Navy (2017) and Algeria currently operates three ships.

The class, categorized as "missile boats", was constructed through three major batches and a one-off ship: Series I, Series II, Series III and Series IV. The Russian Navy took on seventeen of the Series I vessels and eighteen of the Series III. Series IV was a single boat named "Nakat" but this served primarily as a trials bed for the P-800 "Oniks" anti-ship cruise missile - it was retired in 2012. The Series II mark was the primary export model sold to various Soviet-allied countries in Africa and Asia.

The ships displaces 570 tons under standard load and are given an overall length of 195 feet with a beam measuring 41 feet and a draught down to 7.9 feet. Propulsion is from 3 x Marine diesels outputting 30,000 horsepower and driving 3 x shafts under stern. Range is out to 2,500 nautical miles and speeds could reach 32 knots in ideal conditions. Aboard are forty operating personnel.

The ship is outfitted with a surface search and fire control radar. Armament is centered on 6 x SS-N-9 medium-ranged anti-ship missiles though export models were given 4 x SS-N-2 missile systems instead. Beyond this is a single SA-N-4 surface-to-air missile (SAM) launcher with some twenty reloads provided. Conventional armament includes 1 x 57mm AK-257 twin-gunned turreted deck gun (Series I). This was replaced by a single-gunned 76mm fit in the Series III ships. Short-ranged threats are countered by the single Close-In Weapon System (CIWS) 30mm AK-630 installation (Series III).

The Nanuchka-class has been used by the navies of Russia/Soviet Union, Algeria, India (all decommissioned) and Libya (all lost).


Commissioned, in Active Service
60 Personnel
Ship Class [ Nanuchka-class / Project 1234 Ovod ]
Ships-in-Class [ 47 ] Ship Names: 47 total vessels completed in Series I, Series II, Series III and Series IV batches.
National flag of Algeria National flag of India National flag of Libya National flag of Russia National flag of Soviet Union Algeria; India (retired); Libya (all lost); Russia; Soviet Union (former)
- Blue Water Operations
- Fleet Support
- Hunter
- Direct-Attack
194.6 ft (59.31 m)
Width / Beam:
41.3 ft (12.59 m)
Height / Draught:
2.7 ft (0.82 m)
Displacement (Surface):
570 tons
3 x Marine diesel engines developing 30,000 horsepower and driving 3 x Shafts.
Speed (Surface):
32 kts (37 mph)
2,498 nm (2,875 miles; 4,627 km)
6 x SS-N-9 anti-ship missile launchers (4 x SS-N-2 for export ships).
1 x SA-N-4 Surface-to-Air Missile (SAM) launchers (20 reloads).
2 x 57mm AK-257 deck gun OR 1 x 76mm AK-176 deck gun (Series III)/
1 x 30m AK-630 Close-In-Weapon System (CIWS) (Series III).

Disclaimer | Privacy Policy | Cookies

2021 Military Pay Scale Army Ranks Navy Ranks Air Force Ranks Alphabet Code DoD Dictionary American War Deaths French Military Victories

The "Military Factory" name and MilitaryFactory.com logo are registered ® U.S. trademarks protected by all applicable domestic and international intellectual property laws. All written content, illustrations, and photography are unique to this website (unless where indicated) and not for reuse/reproduction in any form. Material presented throughout this website is for historical and entertainment value only and should not to be construed as usable for hardware restoration, maintenance, or general operation. We do not sell any of the items showcased on this site. Please direct all other inquiries to militaryfactory AT gmail.com.

Part of a network of sites that includes GlobalFirepower, a data-driven property used in ranking the top military powers of the world and WDMMA.org, the World Directory of Modern Military Aircraft.

Facebook Logo YouTube Logo

www.MilitaryFactory.com • All Rights Reserved • Content ©2003-