Alexandrit-class minesweeper

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Project 12700 "Александр Обухов"
Class overview
Name: Aleksandrit class (Project 12700)
Builders: Sredne-Nevsky Shipyard
Operators:  Russian Navy
Preceded by:
Planned: 40[1]
Building: 3
Completed: 2
Active: 1
General characteristics
Type: Minesweeper
Displacement:
  • standard 620 tons
  • full 890 tons
Length: 61 m (200 ft)
Beam: 10.2 m (33 ft)
Draught: 2.68 m (8 ft 10 in)
Installed power: 1 × 2,500 hp (1,900 kW) diesel, 2 diesel generators x 315 kW, 2 diesel generators x 210 kW
Propulsion: Wartsila MAN D&T Deutz or MTU fh for EU firms or kolomna / else Ru diesel engines with DGen coupled , reductors and gears
Speed: 16.5 knots (31 km/h)
Range: 1,600 nmi (3,000 km; 1,800 mi) at 10 knots (19 km/h; 12 mph)
Endurance: 10 days
Crew: 45
Armament:
  • 1 × 6 30 mm AK-306
  • SAM system "Igla"
  • Mines

The Aleksandrit-class minesweeper (Project 12700) is a new Russian minesweeper class being constructed for the Russian Navy. The first ship was laid down on September 22, 2011 and was launched in June 2014. A total of 40 ships are planned to be constructed.[1][2]

The ships are designed to use various flails, as well as tele-guided and autonomous unmanned underwater vehicles to disable or destroy mines at safe distances.[3]

Development[edit]

The ship's hull is made of monolithic fiberglass and shaped by vacuum infusion, a modern construction method which results in a lighter hull with a longer service life.

According to the shipyard's representatives the first ship's hull was shaped within one and one-half days, making it a world record.[4]

On June 7 2016 a fire occurred on the second ship, the Georgiy Kurbatov, while it was under construction. Accourding the shipyard officials the fire would not delay the construction time, however the launch date was later postponed.[5]

On June 9 2017, the Russian Russian Ministry of Defence announced that it increased the number of ships to be produced from 20 to 40, and that the first two ships would be delivered in 2018. Russian Navy Deputy Commander Vice-Admiral Viktor Bursuk added that the Srdne-Nevskiy Shipyard in Saint Petersburg would produce two ships per year.[1] A total of 11 vessels has so far been ordered.[6]

Export[edit]

India has shown interest in the minesweeper and has been in talks about starting producing the ship under licence. India would require at least 10 ships. In September 2016 talks were suspended as the Indian delegation awaits the results of the operational evaluation of the first Russian ship.[2]

On June 9 2017, Russian Navy Deputy Commander Vice-Admiral Viktor Bursuk stated there were plans for the construction of additional ships at shipyards in East Asia. It is unclear if he was referring to shipyards in the Russian Far East or in other countries situated in East Asia.[1]

Ships[edit]

Name Builders Laid down Launched Commissioned Fleet Status
Aleksandr Obukhov Sredne-Nevsky shipyard, St. Petersburg 22 September 2011[7] 27 June 2014[8] 9 December 2016[9] Baltic Fleet Active
Georgiy Kurbatov Sredne-Nevsky shipyard, St. Petersburg 24 April 2015[10] October 2017[11] 2018 Under construction
Ivan Antonov Sredne-Nevsky shipyard, St. Petersburg 25 January 2017[12] 25 April 2018[13] Launched
Vladimir Yemelyanov Sredne-Nevsky shipyard, St. Petersburg 20 April 2017[14] Under construction
Yakov Balyaev Sredne-Nevsky shipyard, St. Petersburg 26 December 2017[15] Pacific Fleet Under construction

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Jones, Bruce (14 June 2017). "Russian navy to receive 40 Project 12700 minesweepers". IHS Jane's 360. Archived from the original on 15 June 2017. Retrieved 15 June 2017. 
  2. ^ a b G., Manoj (6 September 2016). "India Suspends Talks With Russia On Alexandrit Class Minesweeper Production". Defense World. Archived from the original on 15 June 2017. Retrieved 15 June 2017. 
  3. ^ "First Project 12700 Alexandrit-class MCM Vessel Joins Russian Navy". Navy Recognition. TASS. 12 December 2016. Archived from the original on 15 June 2017. Retrieved 15 June 2017. 
  4. ^ "Armalit-1 To Supply New Minesweeper With Valves". Retrieved 14 December 2014. 
  5. ^ "Russian shipyard fire damages Project 12700 minesweeper". Port News. IHS Jane's 360. 10 June 2016. Archived from the original on 15 June 2017. Retrieved 15 June 2017. 
  6. ^ https://sputniknews.com/military/201703281052052253-coastal-minesweeper-russia/
  7. ^ "Sredne-Nevsky Shipyard Lays Down New Minesweeper". Retrieved 14 December 2014. 
  8. ^ "Thirty Minesweepers to Join Russian Navy by 2050". Retrieved 14 December 2014. 
  9. ^ "Russia Contracts for Another 7 Coastal Project 12700 Minesweepers - Navy". Retrieved 11 December 2016. 
  10. ^ "-". Retrieved 14 December 2014. 
  11. ^ http://tass.ru/armiya-i-opk/3585938
  12. ^ "Средне-Невский судостроительный завод заложил корабль противоминной обороны для ВМФ РФ" (Press release) (in Russian). Sredne-Nevsky shipyard. 25 January 2017. Retrieved 25 January 2017. 
  13. ^ "Корабль противоминной обороны «Иван Антонов» спущен на воду" (Press release) (in Russian). Sredne-Nevsky shipyard. 25 April 2018. Retrieved 25 April 2018. 
  14. ^ "Средне-Невский судостроительный завод заложил корабль противоминной обороны для ВМФ РФ и открыл новый производственный цех" (Press release) (in Russian). Sredne-Nevsky shipyard. 20 April 2017. Retrieved 20 April 2017. 
  15. ^ "Средне-Невский судостроительный завод заложил корабль противоминной обороны для ВМФ РФ" (Press release) (in Russian). Sredne-Nevsky shipyard. 26 December 2017. Retrieved 26 December 2017.