The Undertaking 22800 (NATO reporting identify: Karakurt-class) Corvette Burya (257) carrying Kalibr (SS-N-27 Sizzler) cruise missiles and constructed by the Pella Shipyard for the Russian Baltic Fleet is present process shipbuilders sea trials at Baltic Fleet sea ranges. The shipbuilders sea trials are an compulsory stage to finish the development of any ship and are designed to test the efficiency of its programs and mechanisms at sea and their compliance to the permitted specs, schemes, technical descriptions and operational directions. The Burya is the second Undertaking 22800 ship being constructed by the Pella Shipyard that can carry the brand new Pantsyr-M antiaircraft missile/gun system developed by the Instrument-Making Design Bureau as its natural weapon.

The Karakurt class, Russian designation Undertaking 22800 Karakurt (European Black Widow), is a brand new class of Russian corvettes (small missile ships in Russian classification) which have been getting into service with the Russian Navy since 2018. The category is meant as a extra seaworthy, blue-water complement to the Buyan-M class corvettes, designed for the littoral zone and which as of 2015 serve in Russia’s Caspian Flotilla, Baltic Fleet and Black Sea Fleet. The ships are designed to be armed with Kalibr or Oniks anti-ship cruise missiles and have an endurance of 15 days. They’re additionally to be an affordable various for bigger Admiral Grigorovich class frigates, for which building was delayed as a result of suspended army cooperation with Ukraine.


Launching of Karakurt-class Corvette Burya (257) on the Pella Shipyard. (Picture Russian MoD)

Undertaking 22800 derives from Undertaking 12300 Skorpion, a proposed Nineteen Nineties Almaz design for a 500-ton displacement missile boat, and was additionally closely influenced by Undertaking 21631, the Buyan-M corvettes. Ships of the category have a stealth formed superstructure with an built-in mast carrying 4 phased array radar panels. The first armament consists of Kalibr cruise missiles or P-800 Oniks supersonic anti-ship missiles carried in eight UKSK VLS cells within the rear a part of the superstructure, behind the bridge. The corvettes constructed for the Russian Navy can be outfitted with a 76.2 mm AK-176MA automated dual-purpose gun, a modernized model of the AK-176. Nonetheless, at the least on the primary ship, the 100 mm A-190 was put in.

The 3M-54 Kalibr, (??????, caliber), additionally referred to it as 3M54-1 Kalibr, 3M14 Biryuza (??????, turquoise), (NATO reporting identify SS-N-27 Sizzler and SS-N-30A) is a household of Russian cruise missiles developed by the Novator Design Bureau (OKB-8). There are ship-launched, submarine-launched and air-launched variations of the missile, and variants for anti-ship, anti-submarine and land assault use. Some variations have a second propulsion stage that initiates a supersonic dash within the terminal method to the goal, lowering the time that focus on’s protection programs should react, whereas subsonic variations have larger vary than the supersonic variants. The missile can carry a warhead weighing as much as 500 kilograms (1,100 lb) of explosive or a thermonuclear warhead.