SNSZ shipyard (Saint-Petersburg) holds hull infusion for first serial mine countermeasure ship
On February 26, Sredne-Nevsky Shipyard (Saint-Petersburg) performed the infusion of the hull for the first vessels in the series of three mine countermeasure ships of the new generation being built for RF Navy. According to the system, the ceremonial laying down of the ship is scheduled for late April.
The lead ship of the series is the Alexander Obukhov, designed by JSC Almaz and intended for the location of and destruction of naval mines.
In April 2014, SNSZ OJSC signed a contract with the Russian Ministry of Defence for the construction of three 12700-design ships. The vessels are scheduled for delivery between 2016 and 2018.
The project provides for the construction of different ships and vessels based on a standards hull made of fiber-glass plastic.
The ship will have a unique and the largest in the world monolithic hull of fiber-glass plastic made by the vacuum infusion method. SNSZ is the only shipyard in Russia to use this technology for hulls of such a size. Monolithic hulls fabricated from glass-reinforced plastic feature higher strength and survivability compared to steel hulls. They also have lower mass (250 t without fitting) and their life cycle exceeds 30 years.
OJSC Sredne-Nevsky Shipyard, a part of the United Shipbuilding Corporation, was created in 1912. The shipyard has built over 500 warships and vessels of 43 designs for the Russian Navy and foreign customers. The shipyard is building missile boats, trawlers, passenger and work vessels for various purposes and is about to start the large-scale construction of mine warships of the new generation for the Russian Navy and foreign countries.
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