Home' Defence Review Asia : DRA November 2010 Contents length of 64.8 m, a draught of 2.2. m, a full displacement of 600 tons, with
an operational range of up to 2,500 nautical miles at a cruising speed of
12 knots. The armament suite has been modified in compliance with its
mission. It includes a 30 mm AK-630 or AK-306 six-barrel gun mount,
two 14.7 mm heavy machine guns, and three 7.62 mm machine guns.
Air defence capabilities have been augmented by eight Igla MANPADS.
However, the main difference of this version from other Tornado-family
boats consists in the helipad. The helipad can accommodate helicopters
with a weight of up to four tons. The OPV vessel is capable of discharging
the entire range of tasks, pertaining to economic zone and territorial waters
The standardised platform and highly standardised armament and
electronics of Tornado-family littoral warships allow quite a powerful force
to be established at a relatively low cost. Tornado-family littoral warships
can carry out a wide scope of missions in littoral areas, from patrols (Version
3), up to strikes against enemy ships (Version 2). At the same time, they
(Version 1) can provide fire support to friendly marine and ground forces.
Tornado-class ships, offered by Rosoboronexport, have a flexible open
architecture. At the request of the customer both the armament suite and
the ship propulsion plant can be modified, and other specific requirements
can be met. The modernisation potential will allow the ships to be upgraded
for years to come. This fact will considerably husband resources, while
maintaining a high combat efficiency of these warships.
The Russian Navy has already had a chance to appreciate combat
capabilities and performance of the new Tornado gunboat. The Project
21630 first-of-class ship, named Astrakhan, entered service with the
Caspian Flotilla in 2006 and has since proven its worth. Two more gunboats
are being completed at St. Petersburg-based shipyards and will soon be
commissioned. Several more Tornado-family ships are expected to be built
under the Russian Navy comprehensive re-equipment programme.
Rosoboronexport is the sole state company in Russia authorized to export the full range
of defense-related and dual-use products, technologies and services. The official status of
Rosoboronexport secures the guaranteed state support in all export operations.
Rosoboronexport is ranked among the major companie on the global arms market and
accounts for over 80% of Russia's annual arms sales. Russia maintains military-technical
cooperation with over 70 countries worldwide.
Rosoboronexport aims to develop new lines and forms of military-technical cooperation
and invites its current and future customers to establish long-term, mutually beneficial
relations that will guarentee successful solutions to defense and scurity problems.
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