Not just a patrol ship: Project 20380 Mercury corvette went on trial


In Russia, the newest corvette "Mercury" of project 20380 has been tested. The ship, built at the Severnaya Verf enterprise, will soon join the Black Sea Fleet.


It is worth noting that initially a patrol ship assumes the presence of not too serious weapons. Indeed, in order to "drive" border violators, cruise missiles are not required.

However, in 2017, the corvettes of this project left the Baltic and entered the Mediterranean Sea through the Strait of Gibraltar, joining the operational group of Russian ships in Syria. Thus, initially, patrol vessels proved that they were able to work in the far sea zone.

In this regard, domestic designers seriously thought about the modernization of ships of this class in favor of strengthening their weapons. As a result, already the second corvette of the series received a more advanced medium-range air defense system with vertical launch installations. At the same time, in the future, it is planned to replace the Uran anti-ship complex with the 3S14 universal complex, adapted to launch the Onyx, Caliber and Zircon missiles.

The corvette “Mercury”, which has been tested, is equipped with the Zaslon multifunctional radar system, the Uran missile system, the Paket-MK anti-submarine system, the Redut air defense system, and the A-100 Universal 190-mm gun mount.

To date, 8 corvettes of this type are serving in the Russian Navy, one is being tested and three more are being built. In addition, there is an even more advanced project 20385.

Regarding "Mercury", it is designed to strengthen the anti-submarine component of the Black Sea Fleet. Taking into account the current situation, sending an additional warship to this direction is extremely timely.

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  1. vlad127490 Offline vlad127490
    vlad127490 (Vlad Gor) 24 December 2022 17: 10
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    Corvette Mercury, length 90 meters, which allows you to take it from St. Petersburg to the Black Sea through the channels - Volga-Don, bypassing the Bosphorus with the Turks. When will the Russian Federation start building ships of the 1st rank?
    1. Dart2027 Offline Dart2027
      Dart2027 24 December 2022 19: 26
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      Quote: vlad127490
      length 90 meters, which allows you to carry it from St. Petersburg to the Black Sea through the channels

      He has a maximum draft of almost 8 meters, and there you need 4.
    2. Vladimir1155 Offline Vladimir1155
      Vladimir1155 (Vladimir) 26 December 2022 23: 23
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      Quote: vlad127490
      When will the Russian Federation start building ships of the 1st rank?

      I hope never to surface, but underwater ones are being actively built and this is the right decision, only our admirals = officials = caretakers are so expensive and strategic objects, for some reason they don’t really guard them, but drag corvettes along closed but warm feeders, so Mercury gathered on my Black, this the crime
  2. Jacques sekavar Offline Jacques sekavar
    Jacques sekavar (Jacques Sekavar) 24 December 2022 19: 14
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    With limited opportunities, N.S. Khrushchev determined the priority in the field of financing the armed forces and placed emphasis on the development of missile forces to the detriment of other types and branches of the armed forces.
    Today, in conditions of war and political and economic blockade, the Russian Federation faces the same dilemma.
    The indisputable priorities are weapons based on new physical principles, IT-technologies, space and US means of assured destruction.
    Whatever the ships, one missile hit and he is kaput, which was shown by the story with the flagship of the Black Sea Fleet.
    The Russian Federation is a continental state formation, and the navy does not have the ability in wartime to regroup forces and assets between the fleets without the consent of NATO.
    Therefore, building large and expensive ships is making the same mistake that the Russian Empire once made on the eve of the 1st World War, when it pumped resources and money into the construction of an armored fleet to the detriment of the combat capability of the land army.
    1. Vladimir1155 Offline Vladimir1155
      Vladimir1155 (Vladimir) 26 December 2022 23: 13
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      Quote: Jacques Sekavar
      Therefore, building large and expensive ships is making the same mistake that the Russian Empire once made on the eve of the 1st World War, when it pumped resources and money into the construction of an armored fleet to the detriment of the combat capability of the land army.

      the same mistake was made before the RYAV and WWII, a large-capacity surface fleet is generally a systemic error, but a repeatable one .... though this corvette is indirectly related to this corvette, a small boat, only all its tasks, this is a PLO around the nuclear submarine base, and on the Black and other closed seas he has nothing to do, coastal aviation will cope, and ships of the third rank
    2. Vladimir1155 Offline Vladimir1155
      Vladimir1155 (Vladimir) 26 December 2022 23: 15
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      Quote: Jacques Sekavar
      The Russian Federation is a continental state formation, and the navy does not have the ability in wartime to regroup forces and assets between the fleets without the consent of NATO.

      right, therefore, all closed seas should be equipped exclusively with ships of the third rank, then their redeployment is easily carried out along inland waterways (You can also have submarines in the Black Sea Fleet and the Sea of ​​​​Japan) and all large ships to the Barents and Pacific Ocean
  3. Vladimir1155 Offline Vladimir1155
    Vladimir1155 (Vladimir) 26 December 2022 23: 07
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    the corvette is good, but sending it to the Black Sea is a mistake, it is necessary to strengthen the Northern Fleet, as the respected Sergei Shoigu ordered and he is right, and all frigates and corvettes just need to be withdrawn from the Black Sea, as well as from the Baltic, the Sea of ​​​​Japan and the Caspian, there will be enough Karakurtov and Buyanov M, IPC with minesweepers