Pauk-class corvette

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Bulgarian Navy Pauk-class corvette Bodri
Class overview
Name: Pauk class
Preceded by: Poti class
General characteristics
Type: Anti-submarine corvette
Displacement: 500 long tons (508 t) standard, 580 long tons (589 t) full load
Length: 57 m (187 ft)
Beam: 9.4 m (30 ft 10 in)
Draught: 2.4 m (7 ft 10 in)
Propulsion: 2 shaft M504 diesels, 20,000 shp (14,914 kW)
Speed: 28–34 knots (51.9 km/h/32.2 mph – 63 km/h/39.1 mph)
Range: 1,650 nautical miles (3,056 km; 1,899 mi) at 14 kn (25.9 km/h; 16.1 mph)
Complement: 40
Sensors and
processing systems:
  • Radar: Spin Trough, Bass Tilt, Air surface search
  • Sonar: Medium frequency hull mounted and Bronza dipping sonar
Electronic warfare
& decoys:
  • Vympel-R2 Electronic Warfare suite
  • Half Hat-B
  • PK-16 Decoy Launchers
  • 1 SA-N-5 SAM (1x4)
  • 1 × 76 mm (3.0 in) gun
  • 1 × 30 mm (1.2 in) gun (AK-630)
  • 2 × RBU 1200 anti submarine rocket launchers
  • 4 × 406 mm (16 in) anti submarine torpedo tubes; some ships have 2 × 533 mm (21 in) torpedo tubes

The Pauk class is the NATO reporting name for a class of small patrol corvettes built for the Soviet Navy and export customers between 1977 and 1989. The Russian designation is Project 1241.2 Molniya-2. These ships are designed for coastal patrol and inshore anti-submarine warfare. The design is the patrol version of the Tarantul class which is designated Project 1241.1, but is slightly longer and has diesel engines. The ships are fitted with a dipping sonar which is also used in Soviet helicopters.


Soviet Navy / Russian Navy[edit]

45 boats were built for the Soviets, of which 18 remain in Russian Navy service (including those operated by the Maritime border guard).


Bulgarian Navy[edit]

Two ships transferred in 1989/90 - Bodri (Brisk) and Reshitelni (Decisive)

Cuban Navy[edit]

One ship in service.

Indian Navy[edit]

Four ships transferred in the late 1980s and are known as the Abhay class. A plan to license-produce more units in India was abandoned in favor of the indigenous Kamorta class. Ships named INS Abhay (Fearless) INS Ajay (Unconquerable) INS Akshay (Indestructible) INS Agray (Aggressive)


Ukrainian Navy[edit]

Two ships transferred, U207 Uzhhorod (now decommissioned) and U208 Khmelnytskyi (taken over Russia).

Ukrainian Sea Guard=[edit]

Three ships are in service with the Ukrainian Sea Guard.

  • BG-50 Hryhoriy Kuropyatnykov - in active service
  • BG-51 Poltava
  • BG-52 Hryhoriy Hnatenko

Both Poltava and Hryhoriy Hnatenko were ready to be decommissioned and were left in Balaklava after the Russian annexation of Crimea;[1] their fate is unknown

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.
  • "P Project 1241.2 Molniya-2 Pauk class". Federation of American Scientists. 2000-09-07. Retrieved 2008-01-27.

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