Steregushchy-class corvette

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Steregushchiy on the Neva in 2009
Class overview
Name: Steregushchy class
Builders: Severnaya Verf
Komsomolsk Shipyard
Operators:  Russian Navy
 Algerian National Navy
Preceded by: Grisha class
Succeeded by: Gremyashchy class
Subclasses: Project 2038.2 Tigr (export)
Project 2038.5 (domestic)
Cost: US$120-150m (est. for Tigr)
Built: 2001 - current
In service: 2007 - current
Building: 4
Planned: 12
Completed: 5
Active: 4
General characteristics
Class and type: Project 2038.0 (2038.1)
Type: Corvette
Displacement: Standard: 1,800 tons
Full: 2,200 tons[1]
Length: 104.5 m (343 ft)[1]
Beam: 11.6 m (38 ft)[1]
Draught: 3.7 m (12 ft)[1]
Installed power: AC 380/220V, 50 Hz, 4x630 kw diesel genset
Propulsion: 2 shaft CODAD, 4 Kolomna 16D49 diesels 23,664 hp (17.6 MW)[1]
Speed: 27 kn (50 km/h; 31 mph)[1]
Range: 3,800 nmi (7,000 km; 4,400 mi) at 14 kn (26 km/h; 16 mph)[1]
Endurance: 15 days
Complement: 90
Sensors and
processing systems:
Air search radar: Furke 2 (Furke-E, Positiv-ME1, SMILE Thales for export)

Surface search radar: Granit Central Scientific Institute Garpun-B/3Ts-25E/PLANK SHAVE radar
Monument targeting radar
Fire control radar: Ratep 5P-10E Puma for A-190
Sonar: Zarya-M (Zarya-ME for export) suite, bow mounted. Vinyetka low frequency active/passive towed array

Navigation: GORIZONT-25 integrated navigation system
Electronic warfare
and decoys:
TK-25E-5 ECM, 4 x PK-10 decoy launchers
Armament: 1 x 100mm A-190 Arsenal or 130mm A-192 naval gun

1 x Kashtan CIWS-M (Project 20380)
2 x 4 Uran Kh-35 (SS-N-25)
12 x Redut VLS cells (Project 20381)
2 x AK-630М CIWS
2 x 4 330mm torpedo tubes for Paket-NK (Paket-NK/E for export) anti-torpedo/anti-submarine torpedoes

2 × 14.5mm MTPU pedestal machine guns
Aircraft carried: Hangar for Ka-27 Helicopter

The Steregushchy class (Russian: стерегущий – "vigilant") is the newest class of corvette in the Russian Navy. It was designed by the Almaz Central Marine Design bureau. The first ship was designated Project 2038.0 (or 20380) by the Russian Government; subsequent vessels were built to an improved design, Project 20381. At 2,200 tons it is large for a corvette and is designated as a frigate by NATO.[1] Project 20382 "Tigr" is an export variant that has been ordered by Algeria.

This type has been further developed into the Gremyashchy-class corvette.


The ships of the Steregushchy class are multipurpose corvettes, designed to replace the Grisha class. Such ships are used for littoral zone operations, engagement of enemy submarines and surface ships, and gun support of landing operations.[2] The first batch being built at the Severnaya Verf shipyard in St. Petersburg consists of four ships. A second building line has been started at Komsomolsk. The lead ship of this second batch will be named Sovershennyy. The Russian Navy has publicly announced that they expect to buy at least 30 of these ships, for all four major fleets.[3]

According to Jane's Naval Forces News, the first vessel was commissioned on 14 November 2007.[4]


In 2007 the Indonesian Navy made an agreement in principle (pending a full contract) for four vessels of this type to replace their ageing Dutch-built Fatahillah-class corvettes. The first was to be built in Spain and fitted out in St. Petersburg, leaving open the option of Indonesian involvement in building the subsequent ships.[5] This agreement appears to have lapsed; in 2011 Indonesia signed a deal for two Milgem-class corvettes from Turkey. Rosoboronexport have briefed Singapore and the United Arab Emirates on the vessel.[6]

The first actual contract for the export version, Project 20382 Tigr, was signed at the 5th International Maritime Defense Show in St. Petersburg in July 2011 when Algeria ordered two ships.[7] The cost was estimated at US$120–150 million per ship.[8] One will be delivered in 2014 and one in 2015.[9]


The Steregushchy-class corvettes have a steel hull and composite material superstructure, with a bulbous bow and nine watertight subdivisions. They have a combined bridge and command centre, and space and weight provision for eight SS-N-25 missiles. Stealth technology was widely used during construction of the ships, as well as 21 patents and 14 new computer programs. Newest physical field reduction[clarification needed] solutions were applied too. As a result, designers considerably reduced the ship's radar signature thanks to hull architecture and fire-resistant radar-absorbent fiberglass applied in tophamper's design.[2]

The Kashtan CIWS on the first ship was replaced in subsequent vessels by 12 Redut VLS cells containing[10] 9M96E medium-range SAMs of the S-400 system. SS-N-27 (3M-54 Klub) cruise missiles will be fitted to a larger domestic version, Project 20385.

The export version known as Project 20382 Tigr carries either eight supersonic SS-N-26 (P-800 Oniks) anti-ship missiles or sixteen subsonic SS-N-25 'Switchblade' (Kh-35E Uran).[6] It also carries two twin-tube launchers for 533mm heavy torpedoes.[6] The A-190E 100mm gun first used in the Talwar-class frigates is controlled by a 5P-10E system that can track four targets simultaneously.[6] Protection from air attacks is provided by the Kashtan CIWS and eight mounts for the SA-N-10 'Grouse' (9K38 Igla) SAM.[6]

Operational history[edit]

  • Steregushchiy started sea trials in November 2006 and was commissioned in the Baltic fleet on 14 November 2007.[11]
  • Soobrazitelnyy, the second ship in the class, was launched on 31 March 2010, was expected to start sea trials in November/December 2010.[11] Soobrazitelnyy was commissioned in October 2011.
  • Boikiy was commissioned in May 2013.
  • Stoikiy was commissioned in May 2014. Flag-raising ceremony was conducted on 27 July 2014.[12]


Italics indicate estimates

Name Hull No. Project Builders Laid down Launched Commissioned Fleet Note
Steregushchiy 530 2038.0 Severnaya Verf,
St. Petersburg
21 December 2001 16 May 2006 14 November 2007 Baltic
Soobrazitelnyy 531 2038.1 20 May 2003 31 March 2010 [13] 14 October 2011[14][15] Baltic
Boikiy 532 2038.1 27 July 2005 15 April 2011[16] 16 May 2013[17] Baltic
Sovershennyy 2038.1 Komsomolsk Shipyard,
30 June 2006 22 May 2015 projected for 2015 Pacific
Stoikiy 545 2038.1 Severnaya Verf,
St. Petersburg
10 November 2006 30 May 2012[18] 28 May 2014[19] Baltic
Gromkiy 2038.1 Komsomolsk Shipyard,
17 February 2012[20] projected for 2015[21] Pacific
Retiviy 2038.1 Severnaya Verf,
St. Petersburg
20 February 2015[22] 2018
Strogiy 2038.1 Severnaya Verf,
St. Petersburg
20 February 2015[23] 2018
Aldar Tsydenzhapov 2038.1 Komsomolsk Shipyard,
22 July 2015[24] Pacific

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Henderson, Keith (13 October 2011). "Russian Corvette Steregushchiy". Maritime Propulsion. Retrieved 29 December 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "Russian Navy to Receive Corvette Boiky by Year End". 16 November 2012. Retrieved 29 December 2014. 
  3. ^ "Corvette Boiky built for Russian Navy to be launched in April". 18 February 2011. Retrieved 29 December 2014. 
  4. ^ "Global Naval Forces - News and Defence Headlines - IHS Jane's 360". Retrieved 14 December 2014. 
  5. ^ "Russia, Indonesia sign corvette construction agreement". 29 June 2007. Retrieved 29 December 2014. 
  6. ^ a b c d e Pyadushkin, Maxim (20 August 2007). "Russian Navy Renews Surface Fleet - Little Red Corvette". Retrieved 10 November 2011. [dead link]
  7. ^ ОСК построит для Алжира два корвета проекта "Тигр" (in Russian). 1 July 2011. Retrieved 29 December 2014. 
  8. ^ "L'Algérie achète deux corvettes à la Russie - Divers - Tout sur l'Algérie - page 1" (in French). 2011-06-30. Retrieved 2011-12-28. [dead link]
  9. ^ Kington, Tom (31 January 2014). "Algeria Prepares To Receive LPD Amid Defense Spending Boost". Defense News. Retrieved 29 December 2014. 
  10. ^ "Corvette Boiky was launched in St. Petersburg". 19 April 2011. Retrieved 29 December 2014. 
  11. ^ a b "Corvette Soobrazitelny is ready to meet the crew". 19 October 2010. Retrieved 29 December 2014. 
  12. ^ Корвет «Стойкий» вошел в состав Балтийского флота (in Russian). 27 July 2014. Retrieved 29 December 2014. 
  13. ^ "Russia set to float out 2nd stealth corvette | Defense | RIA Novosti". 2010-03-30. Retrieved 2011-12-28. [dead link]
  14. ^ "Corvette Soobrazitelny Joined Russian Navy". 17 October 2011. Retrieved 29 December 2011. 
  15. ^ "20380 Stereguschyy | Russian Military Analysis". Retrieved 29 December 2014. 
  16. ^ "Russia floats out 3rd stealth corvette | Defense | RIA Novosti". 2011-04-15. Retrieved 2011-12-28. [dead link]
  17. ^ "Russian Navy Gets Advanced Stealth Corvette". 16 May 2013. Retrieved 29 December 2014. 
  18. ^ "Severnaya Verf Shipyard Put Corvette Stoiky Afloat". 30 May 2012. Retrieved 29 December 2014. 
  19. ^ ТАСС: Северо-Запад - Петербургский завод "Северная верфь" передаст Военно-морскому флоту РФ корвет "Стойкий". ТАСС (in Russian). 28 May 2014. Retrieved 29 December 2014. 
  20. ^ На Амурском судостроительном заводе состоялась церемония начала строительства корвета "Громкий" (in Russian). 17 February 2012. Retrieved 29 December 2014. 
  21. ^ "Amur Shipyard Starts Construction of Corvette Gromky". 17 February 2012. Retrieved 29 December 2014. 
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