Primor'ye-class surveillance ship
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|Builders:||61 Kommunara Zavod, Nikolayev, Ukraine|
|Operators:||Soviet Navy, Russian Navy|
|Succeeded by:||Balzam class intelligence ship|
|In commission:||1970 ? - present day|
|Type:||Intelligence collection ship|
|Displacement:||4,340 tons full load|
|Propulsion:||1 shaft, 2 diesel engines, 2000 hp|
Design and role
The ships were designed to gather SIGINT and COMINT electronic intelligence via an extensive array of sensors. The data could be transmitted to shore via satellite link antennas. The ships were converted from the hulls of large trawlers.
2 ships are in service with the Black Sea Fleet:
- SSV-590 Krym
- SSV-591 Kavkaz
4 further ships were retired in the mid-to-late 1990s.
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