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Russian Navy Grad missile ship to join Baltic fleet by yearend.

| 2022

MOSCOW, June 30. /TASS-DEFENSE/. The Grad Buyan-M-class small missile ship of project 21631 built by Zelenodolsk Shipyard will join the 36th brigade of small missile ships of the Baltic fleet by the end of the year, a defense industry source told TASS.
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Russian Vyborg Shipyard laid the Purga ice class coastguard ship of project 23550 925 001Buyan-M class corvette Grad Sviyazhsk [Project 21631] firing as Kalibr [SS-N-27] missile (Picture source: Twitter account of Missilito)

The Grad that carries Kalibr missiles will soon sail from the shipyard to the Baltic fleet base for a whole program of trials. “The warship will develop the 36th brigade into a full-fledged attack force of the fleet,” the source said. It already operates the Zeleny Dol and the Serpukhov ships of project 21631. TASS did not obtain official confirmation of the report.

The Grad is the 10th warship of project 21631. Zelenodolsk Shipyard is also building the Naro-Fominsk and the Stavropol warships. They have a displacement of 950 tons and develop a speed of 25 knots. The warships are armed with Kalibr missiles, 100 mm A-190 artillery gun, Gibka launchers for antiaircraft Igla missiles, and Duet AK-630-2 artillery complex.
The Buyan class, Russian designations Project 21630 Buyan and Project 21631 Buyan-M, are series of corvettes (small artillery and missile ships in Russian classification) developed by Zelenodolsk Design Bureau for the Russian Navy. Since 2010, all subsequent vessels are being constructed as improved Project 21631 subclass, incorporating greater tonnage, stealth technology and the 3S14 vertical launching system for either Kalibr or Oniks anti-ship cruise missiles, significantly enhancing combat capabilities. The ships are primarily designed for operations within littoral zones to protect Russia's vast coastal areas. Due to the small tonnage, they can operate even within shallow parts of oceans and seas and Russia's river system. The export variant is known as Project 21632 Tornado.

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