Gremyashchiy-class corvette

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Gremyashchy (ship, 2017).jpg
Gremyashchiy in April 2019
Class overview
Name: Gremyashchiy class
Operators:  Russian Navy
Preceded by: Steregushchiy class
Succeeded by: Project 20386
Built: 2011–present
In commission: 2019
Planned: 4[1]
Building: 1
Completed: 1
General characteristics
Type: Guided missile corvette
Displacement: 2,500 tons[2]
Length: 106.0 m (347.8 ft)[3]
Beam: 13 m (42.7 ft)[3]
Draught: 5 m (16.4 ft)[3]
Installed power: AC 380/220 V, 50 Hz, 4 × 630 kW diesel genset
Propulsion: 2 shaft CODAD, 4 Kolomna 16D49 diesels 23,664 hp (17.6 MW)[3]
Speed: 27 knots (50 km/h; 31 mph)[3]
Range: 4,000 nmi (7,400 km; 4,600 mi) at 14 knots (26 km/h; 16 mph)[3]
Endurance: ?
Complement: 100
Sensors and
processing systems:
  • Air search radar: Multi-purpose AESA naval radar mast/system “Zaslon”
  • Surface search radar: ???
  • Fire control radar: Ratep 5P-10E Puma for A-190 100 mm artillery
  • Sonar: Zarya-M bow mounted. Vinyetka low frequency active/passive towed array
  • Navigation: ???
Electronic warfare
& decoys:
  • EW Suite: TK-25E-5
  • Countermeasures: 4 × PK-10
Aviation facilities: Helipad and hangar for Kamov Ka-27 helicopter

The Gremyashchiy class (Russian: Гремящий, lit. 'Thunderous'), Russian designation Project 20385, is an advanced development of the Steregushchiy-class corvettes of the Russian Navy.[4] This follow-on project was designed by the Almaz Central Marine Design Bureau in Saint Petersburg. The first ship was laid down on 26 May 2011[5] and the official laying down ceremony took place on 1 February 2012.[6]


Gremyashchiy-class corvettes are very large multipurpose vessels, designed to complement the Steregushchiy class already being commissioned with the Russian Navy. They have been designed to have an improved habitability for higher endurance missions, and are able to launch cruise missiles.

The class was designed with German MTU diesels for propulsion.[7] However, because of sanctions arising from the Ukrainian conflict, deliveries of MTU diesels beyond the first two units were stopped, resulting in the cancellation of further units. Instead, new units of the preceding Steregushchiy class are being ordered. In May 2016, corvette Gremyashchiy got two Russian-made 16D49 diesel turbines 1DDA-12000 from Kolomna Plant in St Petersburg, replacing the previously required German MTU diesels.[8]

On 31 October 2019, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced corvette Gremyashchiy will be equipped with the hypersonic 3M22 Zircon anti-ship cruise missiles.[9]


Project 20385 differs from its predecessor by greater dimensions and displacement. They have a steel hull and composite superstructure, with a bulbous bow and nine watertight subdivisions. Compared with the Soobrazitelny, Boikiy, Sovershennyy and Stoikiy ships, which are fitted with Redut air defense VLS system of 12 launchers on the bow, these new ships are equipped with a UKSK VLS system comprising eight launchers for either Kalibr, Oniks or Zircon anti-ship/cruise missiles. The Redut VLS system with 16 launchers has been placed on the stern. Another difference is the lack of the aft mast above the helicopter hangar, and single integrated mainmast that no longer includes separate open shelves for artillery and navigation radars.


Italics indicate estimates

Name Hull No. Builders Laid down Launched Commissioned Fleet Status
Gremyashchiy Severnaya Verf, St. Petersburg 26 May 2011[5] 30 June 2017[10] 25 December 2019[11] Pacific Fleet In sea trials[12]
Provornyy Severnaya Verf, St. Petersburg 25 July 2013[13] 2019[14] Pacific Fleet Under construction

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Russian Navy Plans to Receive Total of 4 Gremyashchiy-Class Corvettes". Sputnik (news agency). 30 June 2017. Archived from the original on 6 May 2019. Retrieved 22 April 2019.
  2. ^ Displacement of the Gremyashchiy corvette, according to Severnaya Verf
  3. ^ a b c d e f Henderson, Keith (13 October 2011). "Russian Corvette Steregushchiy". Maritime Propulsion. Archived from the original on 16 July 2016. Retrieved 10 November 2011.
  4. ^ "Severnaya Verf will build 17 warships for Russian Navy". 18 March 2011. Retrieved 22 April 2019.
  5. ^ a b "Russian shipyard lays down new corvette". 26 May 2011. Archived from the original on 8 July 2012. Retrieved 5 February 2012.
  6. ^ "Russia Lays Down New Corvette". 1 February 2012. Archived from the original on 19 July 2012. Retrieved 5 February 2012.
  7. ^ "Russia To Lay Down Two New Project 20380 Corvettes Instead Of Improved Version Project 20385". Navy Recognition. 30 January 2015. Archived from the original on 8 April 2015. Retrieved 27 July 2015.
  8. ^ "Gremyashchiy fully equip with engine". Severnaya Verf. 19 May 2016. Archived from the original on 23 June 2016. Retrieved 3 November 2019.
  9. ^ "Corvette Gremyashchiy to carry Tsirkon hypersonic missiles, says Putin". TASS. 31 October 2019. Retrieved 3 November 2019.
  10. ^ "Корвет "Гремящий" спущен на воду" (Press release). Severnaya Verf. 30 June 2017. Archived from the original on 5 November 2017. Retrieved 9 November 2017.
  11. ^ "Владимир Путин осмотрел корвет «Гремящий»". 31 October 2019. Retrieved 2 November 2019.
  12. ^ "Russia's lead Gremyashchy-class corvette starts first trials". 22 April 2019. Archived from the original on 22 April 2019. Retrieved 22 April 2019.
  13. ^ "Russia Lays Down New Stealth Corvette". Sputnik (news agency). 25 July 2013. Archived from the original on 10 November 2017. Retrieved 9 November 2017.
  14. ^ "ВМФ России в 2018 году получит от "Северной верфи" сразу три корвета". TASS. 3 September 2016. Archived from the original on 8 July 2017. Retrieved 9 November 2017.

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