MOSCOW, March 30 (RIA Novosti)
St. Petersburg's Severnaya Verf shipyard will float out on Wednesday a new corvette featuring stealth technology.
The Soobrazitelny is the second Project 20380 corvette designed by the Almaz Central Marine Design Bureau."The corvette features innovative solutions regarding hull design, armament, communications and electronics," the spokesman said.
The first Project 20380 corvette, the Steregushchy, was put into service with Russia's Baltic Fleet in October 2008, and two other ships of the same series, the Boyky and the Stoyky, are under construction.
The Project 20380 corvette can be deployed to destroy enemy surface ships, submarines and aircraft, and to provide artillery support for beach landings. It uses stealth technology to reduce the ship's secondary radar field, as well as its acoustic, infrared, magnetic and visual signatures.
Russia plans to have up to 30 vessels of this class to ensure the protection of its coastal waters, as well as its oil and gas transportation routes, especially in the Black and the Baltic seas. Each corvette has a displacement of 2,000 metric tons, maximum speed of 27 knots, and a crew of 100.
La corbeta Soobrazitelni (Inteligente) del proyecto 20380 fue botada el pasado 31 de marzo en la empresa Astilleros del Norte. Este tipo de corbetas cumplen misiones en zonas marítimas cercana a la costa y pueden destruir submarinos y buques de superficie, apoyar el desembarco de tropas y cumplir tareas de defensa antiaérea
SEVEROMORSK, March 30 (RIA Novosti)
The Chevalier Paul, a Horizon-class frigate, is to arrive at Severomorsk on March 30, and will then take part in tactical maneuvers and anti-aircraft defense exercises with the Russian Northern Fleet Navy on April 3.
"After leaving the Russian port, the French frigate will participate in...exercises together with ships from the Northern Fleet," the spokesman said.
Russia is negotiating the purchase of a Mistral-class ship from France, worth 400-500 million euros (around $540-$675 million). Russia could also use French technology later to build another three such vessels in Russia in partnership with the French naval shipbuilder DCNS.
French President Nicolas Sarkozy said March 1 at a joint press conference with his Russian counterpart Dmitry Medvedev that Mistral is "a helicopter carrier we will create for Russia without military equipment."
A Mistral-class ship is capable of transporting and deploying 16 helicopters, four landing barges, up to 70 armored vehicles including 13 battle tanks, and 450 personnel.
Many Russian military and industry experts have questioned the financial and military sense of the purchase, and some believe that Russia simply wants to gain access to advanced naval technology that could be used in the future in potential conflicts with NATO and its allies.
La frégate Chevalier Paul (D621) est une frégate antiaérienne de la classe Horizon de la Marine nationale. Son nom vient du Chevalier Paul, navigateur français du XVIIe siècle.