Gorya-class minesweeper

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Minesweeper Zheleznyakov in 1989
Class overview
Name: Gorya class (Project 12660)
Preceded by: Natya class minesweeper
Succeeded by: Alexandrit-class minesweeper
In commission: 1988-present day
Planned: 20
Completed: 2
Cancelled: 18
Active: 2
General characteristics
Class and type: Gorya class
Type: minehunter
Displacement: 900 tons, 1100 tons full load
Length: 70 m (230 ft)
Beam: 12 m (39 ft)
Draught: 4 m (13 ft)
Propulsion: 2 M-503B-37 Diesel engines 5000 hp
Speed: 16 knots (30 km/h)
Range: 1,500 nautical miles (2,778.0 km) at 12 knots (22 km/h)
Endurance: 7 days
Crew: 60
Sensors and
processing systems:
  • Sonar:
  • High frequency, hull mounted, active mine detection
  • Radar:
  • Palm Frond
  • Bass tilt
Electronic warfare
& decoys:
  • Minesweeping:
  • AT-2 acoustic sweep
  • GKT-2 contact sweep
  • TEM-3 magnetic sweep
  • 1 × AK-176M 76mm gun
  • 1 AK-630 30mm
  • 2 SA-N-14 SAM missiles
  • torpedo tubes

The Gorya class are a group of minesweepers built for the Soviet Navy in the late 1980s. Three ships were started of which two were completed and are in service with the Russian Navy. The Soviet Designation was Project 12660.


The ships are designed for deep ocean sweeping of captor mines with sophisticated mine detection equipment. Sweeping gear includes two submersibles as well as conventional sweeps. Russian press boasted that the Project 12660 minesweepers were the first sweepers in the history of Soviet military shipbuilding capable of not only destroying the "Captor" mines, "Colas" ASW coverage buoys, and other enemy underwater objects at depths of up to 1000 meters.


A total of twenty ships were planned but the programme was stopped by the collapse of the Soviet Union. Two ships were completed.

Name Hull No. Laid down Launched Commissioned Fleet Status
Anatoly Zheleznyakov 901 1988 Black Sea Fleet Active
Vladimir Gumanenko 762 1994 Northern Fleet Active

See also[edit]


Gardiner, Robert (ed.) (1995). Conway's all the World's Fighting Ships 1947-1995. London: Conway Maritime. ISBN 0-85177-605-1. OCLC 34284130.CS1 maint: Extra text: authors list (link) Also published as Gardiner, Robert; Chumbley, Stephen; Budzbon, Przemysław (1995). Conway's all the World's Fighting Ships 1947-1995. Annapolis, MD: Naval Institute Press. ISBN 1-55750-132-7. OCLC 34267261.