Russia floats out new missile frigate for Caspian Sea

Shipbuilders in Russia’s republic of Tatarstan floated out a second Gepard class frigate for the Russian Navy, the Zelenodolsk Shipyard said on Monday.

The Dagestan frigate is expected to join the Caspian Flotilla in 2011 after a series of sea trials.

The first Gepard class frigate in the Russian Navy, the Tatarstan, has been serving as the flagship of the Caspian Flotilla since 2002.

« The Dagestan is equipped with better electronics and weaponry compared with the Tatarstan, » the shipyard said in a statement.

A Gepard class frigate is designed to engage surface ships, submarines and air targets, both independently and as part of a task force, as well as to perform escort and patrol tasks.

The ship has a displacement of 2,000 tons, a length of 102 meters, a maximum speed of 23 knots, a crew of 103 personnel and a cruising range of 5,000 miles.

The frigate is armed with the Uran-E anti-ship missile system, a 76.2-mm gun mount AK-176M, a Palma air defense artillery system, two 30-mm gun mounts AK-630M, and 533-mm torpedo tubes. It can carry a Ka-28 or a Ka-31 Helix naval helicopter.

KAZAN, April 4 (RIA Novosti)

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