Russia: Almaz Shipyard Holds Keel Laying Ceremony for Fourth Patrol Ship
Almaz Shipyard held a keel-laying ceremony for the fourth patrol ship of Project 22460 (hull No 504) named Izumrud (Emerald). The Project 22460 patrol ship was developed by Severnoye Design Bureau under the Russian FSB Coast Guard tender for the construction of new-generation of littoral zone patrol ship in order to replace Soviet-built fleet.
Full displacement of the Project 22460 patrol ship is about 650 tons, length is 62.5 m, beam is 11 m, draft is 3.8 m, full speed in quiet water is up to 30 knots, operating range is 3,500 miles, endurance is up to 30 days.
Armament includes one 30-mm six-barreled gun mount AK-630 and two 12.7-mm machineguns Kord. The crew is 20 men. The ship is equipped with stern inclined slip for rigid inflatable boat, a heliport for light helicopter like Ka-226 or UAV, and a quick-mounted folding hangar.
Besides, ships of this project are equipped with automated control system, advanced navigation and comm equipment. Crew living conditions are unusually comfortable; there are sauna and swimming pool on board.
Designers and Shipbuilders managed to create a new generation ship meeting demands of Russian FSB Coast Guard. In total 25 ships of the project should be constructed at Almaz Marine Plant till 2020.
Naval Today Staff, September 25, 2012