The Russian Navy is set to receive six new Project 22160 advanced patrol ships by 2019.
“The Russian state program envisions the construction of six Vasily Bykov-type ships that will be included in each of the four fleets before 2019”, Russian news agency Sputnik quoted Ilya Brilliantov, the head of Kronstadt Technologies.
According to Brillantov, Kronstadt Technologies is responsible for the delivery of a modular integrated bridge system which will allow the ships to be re-equipped for different tasks at short notice.
In October 2015, IHS Jane’s reported that the patrol ships would be armed with Kalibr-NK missiles which were deployed by Russia against Syrian rebel targets in October 2015.
Construction of the first Project 22160 ship started on February 26, 2014 at the Zelenodolsk shipyard. The 94-meter ships will have a displacement of 4,550 tonnes and be capable of reaching speed of about 30 knots, according to Severnoye Design Bureau, responsible for the ship’s design.
The ships will have a telescopic hangar and helo deck with facilities for take-off, landing and maintenance of the Ка-27 PS type 12-ton rescue helicopter.