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Russian Buyan class M corvette Grad to begin sea trials.

| 2022

According to information published by Top War on August 11, 2022, the tenth Project 21631 (Buyan-M) Grad corvette will soon join the Baltic Fleet. The ship has begun its transition to the delivery base of the Baltic Fleet.
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Russian Vyborg Shipyard laid the Purga ice class coastguard ship of project 23550 925 001 Russian Buyan class M corvette Grad (Picture source: Top War)

According to the report, on August 10, 2022, the Buyan class M corvette Grad left the preconstruction wall of the Zelenodolsk Shipyard and went in tow to Kronstadt, where the delivery base of the Baltic Fleet is located.

Soon the 11th corvette of this project which is under construction in Zelenodolsk will be delivered to the delivery base.

To date, the Russian Navy has nine Project 21631 (Buyan-M class) corvettes, two of which are being completed in Zelenodolsk and one has left for testing.

In more detail, the tenth Grad went to the Baltic, the eleventh "Naro-Fominsk" and the twelfth "Stavropol" are being completed in Zelenodolsk. "Naro-Fominsk" the fleet will receive in 2022, "Stavropol" - in 2023. This will conclude the series of small missile ships of this project.

The Grad is a Buyan-M-class guided missile corvette Russian designation 21631. Laid down in April 2015. She was launched in April 2020 and commissioned in January 2021. The ship is primarily designed for operations within littoral zones to protect Russia's vast coastal areas.

The Buyan-M-class corvette is powered by CODAD (Combined diesel and diesel) propulsion system that includes four Zvezda M520 developing 14,584 shp (10,880 kW) and Kolomna Diesel, Pumpjet.

She can reach a top speed of 26 knots (48 km/h) with a maximum cruising range of 2,300 nmi (4,300 km) at 12 knots. She has a length of 75 m, a beam of 11 m, and a displacement of 949 tons. The corvette has a crew of 52 sailors and an endurance of 10 days.

The corvette is armed with 100 mm A-190-01 naval gun, two 30 mm AK-630-M2 CIWS (Close-In Weapon System), Pantsir-M CIWS (Stavropol) air defense missile system, height UKSK VLS (Vertical Launching System) cells for Kalibr or Oniks anti-ship cruise missiles, eight Komar surface-to-air missiles, one DP-65 anti-saboteur grenade launcher and two 14.5 mm KPV type anti-aircraft four-barrel machine guns.

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