Natya-class minesweeper

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Russian ocean minesweeper project 266M "Akvamarin" Ivan Golubets in Sevastopol, 2005
Class overview
Name: Natya class (Project 266M)
Operators:  Soviet Navy
 Russian Navy
 Ukrainian Navy
 Indian Navy
 Libyan Navy
 Libya
 Syrian Navy
 Yemen Navy
Preceded by: Yurka class minesweeper
Succeeded by: Gorya class minesweeper
Subclasses: Pondicherry class minesweeper
In commission: 1970-present day
Completed: 45?
General characteristics
Displacement: 873 tons
Length: 61 meters
Beam: 10.2 meters
Draught: 3.6 meters
Propulsion: 2 M-503 Diesel engines 5000 hp
Speed: 17 knots (31 km/h)
Range: 1,500 nautical miles (2,778.0 km) at 12 knots (22 km/h)
Endurance: 7 days
Crew: 68 (6 officers)
Sensors and
processing systems:
Sonar:
• MG-69/79 High frequency, hull mounted, active mine detection
Radar:
• Don 2 I-band air/surface
• 2 × Square Head - High Pole B IFF
• MR-104 Drum Tilt H/I-band fire control
Electronic warfare
& decoys:
Minesweeping:
• AT-2 acoustic sweep
• GKT-2 contact sweep
• TEM-3 magnetic sweep
Armament: 2х2-30 mm AK-230
2х2-25-m 2М-3М
2 х5 RBU 1200
7 AMD-1000 naval mines or 32 depth charges
underwater mine searcher MKT-210
Sweeps BKT, AT-3, TEM-4

The Natya class were a group of minesweepers built for the Soviet Navy and export customers during the 1970s and '80s. The Soviet designation was Project 266M Akvamarin. The ships were used for ocean minesweeping.

Design[edit]

The design evolved from the Yurka class minesweeper with new demining equipment including more advanced sonar and closed circuit TV. A stern ramp made recovering sweeps easier. The hull was built of low magnetic steel. The engines were mounted on sound dampening beams and shrouded propellors were used to reduce noise. An electrical field compensator was also installed. A single ship designated Natya 2 by NATO was built with an aluminium hull for reduced magnetic signature

Ships[edit]

Forty five ships were built for the Soviet Navy from 1970 to 1982.

Russian Navy[edit]

13 ships believed to remain in Service[1]

Ukrainian Navy[edit]

2 ships in service

Indian Navy[edit]

12 ships built for the Indian Navy in two batches between 1978 and 1988. Ship design was modified to Indian specifications. Known as the Pondicherry class minesweeper in Indian Service. 5 Ships have been decommissioned leaving 7 in active service. To be replaced by Future Indian minehunter class.

Libyan Navy[edit]

8 ships transferred 1981-86

Libya[edit]

2 ships captured in February 2011

Syrian Navy[edit]

One ship in 1986

Yemen Navy[edit]

One ship

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "266* Akvamarine/Natya I/II class | Russian Military Analysis". Warfare.be. Retrieved 2013-09-03.