The Ministry of Defense does not exclude additional purchases of patrol ships of the project 22160 “Vasily Bykov”. This issue is under consideration, reported in the military department.
Purchase question, which means the construction of an additional series of patrol ships of the project “Vasily Bykov” currently under review by the Ministry of Defense. In case of a positive decision, the project will be finalized taking into account the operation of the first ships of the project.
As they write “Notifications”, citing sources in the Ministry of Defense, the military is inclined to continue purchasing patrol ships, since they are needed by the fleet to perform a whole range of tasks for the protection of coastal waters, fight against piracy, etc.. With a positive decision, the project 22160 will be finalized to eliminate deficiencies, identified during tests of ships in the Mediterranean Sea and the Arctic. In particular, the existing complex of weapons will be revised, he does not suit the sailors. Installation of a new air defense system is not ruled out.
To date, three patrol ships of the project are in service in the Black Sea Fleet. 22160. Head “Vasily Bykov”, which gave the name to the whole project, as well as serial “Dmitry Rogachev” and “Pavel Derzhavin” are part of the brigade for the protection of the water area and are deployed in Novorossiysk.
Three more ships should be in the fleet before 2023 of the year. All of them will also serve in the Black Sea Fleet..
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