Fourth Russian Karakurt-class corvette enters water

St. Petersburg-based Pella Shipyard launched the Russian Navy’s fourth Project 22800 Karakurt-class corvette in a ceremony on October 23.

Russian defense ministry photo of Project 22800 corvette Burya after launch

Having started construction in December 2016, ‘Burya’ – which translates to Storm in English – is the fifth Karakurt-class ship in line but the fourth to enter water.

Once it completes further outfitting and sea trials, Burya will enter service with either the Baltic or Northern Fleet.

Project 22800 corvettes are designed by Almaz Central Marine Design Bureau. They carry Kalibr cruise missiles, a 76.2 mm AK-176MA naval gun, two 30 mm cannons and a 12.7 mm heavy machine gun.

With a length of 67 meters and a width of 11 meters, the vessels are suited combat operations in the near sea zone, fulfilling both military and humanitarian tasks. They displace 800 tons and can reach a speed of up to 30 knots with a cruising range of 2,500 nautical miles.