Russia to send new frigates to Caspian

Tue 02 November 2010 09:56 GMT | 09:56 Local Time

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Russia is planning to send its two latest Gepard-class frigates to the Caspian Flotilla in November.

The Dagestan and Gepard-3 patrol ships will be launched at the Zelenodolsk plant in Tatarstan, Russian media report.

Gepard-class frigates are designed to patrol at sea and fight enemy ships, submarines and aircraft.

With its Gepard Project 1166.1, Russia entered the export market for ships with 1,500-2,000 tonnes displacement.

Intended for export, the design is the successor to the smaller Koni, Parchim and Grisha corvettes.

Design work on the Gepard-class frigates was done in 1983-1988. Construction began in 1988.




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