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Second Project 18280 Reconnaissance Ship Ivan Khurs Starts Sea Trials

The Ivan Khurs communication vessel of project 18280 built by the Severnaya Verf shipyard sailed out to the Baltic Sea for running trials, the shipyard said.

Project 18280 Ivan Khurs communication vesselThe Project 18280 communication vessel (medium reconnaissance ship) Ivan Khurs, built for the Russian Navy at PJSC Shipbuilding Plant Severnaya Verf, goes to sea for builder trials, in St. Petersburg, 07.02.2018 . Picture via

"Nearly three hundred people from the crew and the delivery team will check the main power plant, controls, mechanisms and electronic equipment of the Ivan Khurs for a month. They will hold speed and maneuver trials and test deck devices and anchor. They have to produce close to 150 test certificates. In case of successful running trials the warship will begin acceptance tests," it said.

The Ivan Khurs is designed to provide communications, fleet control and engage in special missions. The lead vessel of the series, the Yuri Ivanov, was handed over to the customer in 2014.

The communication vessel (medium reconnaissance 2nd rank ship) of project 18280 is the biggest Russian ship of the class. Its full displacement is 4000 tons, the length is 95 meters and the width - 16 meters. Full speed is 16 knots and the range is 8 thousand miles. The crew comprises 131 men. The vessel can carry a light antiaircraft set of four pedestal-mounted KPVT 14.5mm machineguns and six portable Igla 9K38 launchers (SA-18 Grouse by NATO classification) with a set of 32 antiaircraft guided 9M39 missiles.

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