The Steregushchiy-class guided-missile corvette warships of the modern Russian Navy currently (2018) number five active vessels though some twenty-four total ships are planned to the design standard (six are currently under construction with seven having been completed). The class represents an all-modern, "stealth-centric" missile-armed corvette for the service and will be well-represented within the inventory of the Russian Navy for the foreseeable future. The class was used to succeed the Grisha-class ships of the 1970s-1990s and has, itself, been succeeded by the Gremyashchiy-class - an advanced, direct offshoot of the Steregushchiy-class.
One of its number is Soobraziteinyy (531) which became the second ship of the class. She was laid down by Severnaya Verf on May 20th, 2003 and launched on March 31st, 2010. The warship was formally commissioned for service into the Russian Navy fleet on October 14th, 2011.
Soobrazitelnyy is of all-modern appearance with a slab-sided superstructure whose lines are seamlessly integrated into the hull proper. Protrusions are kept to a minimum and the warship has a generally low-profile complete with an integrated smoke funnel which is buried in the superstructure. The bridge is positioned at the extreme forward face of the superstructure with a commanding view of the action ahead and the primary (main) mast is enclosed. A secondary mast is fitted further aft and is left relatively clean of protrusions. The aft-hull superstructure section is stepped leading down to a single-helicopter heli-pad.
As built, the warship has a running length of 343 feet with a beam of 36 feet and a draught of 12 feet. Displacement reaches 2,100 tons under full load.
Her propulsion scheme is of COmbined Diesel-And-Diesel (CODAD) arrangement which sees 4 x 16D49 series diesel units outputting 24,000 combined horsepower to accomplish general cruising and dash actions. This system drives a twin-shaft arrangement under stern and propels the ship to speeds of 27 knots out to a range of 4,000 nautical miles.
Aboard is a crew of about 100 personnel with onboard stores capable of allowing the ship to remain at-sea for up to fifteen days before requiring a resupply. A "Furke-E" system serves as the vessel's primary air-search radar component and a TK-25E-5 unit is the vessel's Electronic Warfare (EW) fit. 4 x PK-10 decoy launchers are carried for defensive purposes.
The weapons suite is a mixed arsenal of projectile and missile types led by a single 100mm A-190 "Arsenal" turreted deck gun at the forecastle. A 32-cell launching unit supports the 9M96E/E or 9M100 missile family as part of the "Redut" weapon system. 8 x 3M24 "Uran" missiles (the same as featured in the powerful, land-based S-400 air defense system detailed elsewhere on this site) provide an airspace denial function for the ship while close-in defense is through 2 x AK-630M Close-In Weapon Systems (CIWSs) and 2 x 14.5mm MTPU trainable Heavy Machine Guns (HMGs). The warship is further equipped with 2 x 330mm torpedo tubes in quad-launchers suitable for anti-ship / anti-submarine work. Additionally, Soobraziteinyy can support a single Kamov Ka-27 naval helicopter (or similar) for the anti-ship / anti-submarine role as well as for Over-the-Horizon (OtH) work. The helipad is seated over the stern.
- Blue Water Operations
- Fleet Support
343 ft (104.55 m)
Width / Beam:
36 ft (10.97 m)
Height / Draught:
12 ft (3.66 m)
4 x 16D49 marine diesel engines developing 24,000 horsepower with 4 x 630 Kw diesel genset units driving power to 2 x Shafts in a COmbined Diesel And Diesel (CODAD) arrangement.
27 kts (31 mph)
4,002 nm (4,605 miles; 7,411 km)
1 x 100mm Arsenal A-190 turreted deck gun.
1 x 32-cell x 9M96E/M IR 9M100 Surface-to-Air Missiles (SAMs).
8 x 3M24 Uran missiles
2 x AK-630M Close-In Weapon Systems (CIWSs).
2 x 4 330mm torpedo tubes.
2 x 14.5mm MTPU heavy machine guns.
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