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  ASW Corvette MPK-124
Project 12412 / Pauk Class

The Pauk class is the NATO reporting name for a class of small patrol corvettes built for the Soviet Navy and export customers between 1977 and 1989. The Russian designation is Project 12412 Molniya-2. These ships are designed for coastal patrol and inshore anti-submarine warfare. The design is the patrol version of the Tarantul class which is designated Project 12411, but is slightly longer and has diesel engines.

The hull is built of special low-alloy, high-strength steel, and the superstructure is constructed of marine-grade aluminum alloy. The semi-planing hull has been designed with emphasis on good seagoing capabilities for those water areas that are its primary mission focus. Employment of the weapon system is promised in conditions up to and including Sea State 4, and safe navigation is guaranteed up to and including Sea State 8.

The ship are armed with single AK-176 76mm gun at the bow (controlled by the MR-123 radar), and single AK-630M 30mm Gatling gun are installed at the rear end of the superstructure, normally controlled by the optical backup system, designated Kolonka. For firing at underwater targets, torpedoes SET-40, SET-72 are used, which are marching in a torpedo launcher located in the middle of the ship and consisting of four single torpedo tubes. To destroy underwater targets with depth charges, the ship has a RBU-1200 rocket launcher, consisting of two launchers with ammunition of 30 RGB-12 bombs, in the bow.

ASW corvette MPK-124 laid down 21 April 1984 at the Yaroslavl Shipyard (yard No.513), launched 17 June 1985, commissioned 18 December 1985.

MPK-124 was excluded from the lists of the Black Sea Fleet on 04 February 1992 and transferred to Bulgaria.

Displacement (tons):
Full load:455
Dimensions (m):
Draft:2,1 (max 3,3)
Speed (knots):32,87
Range:1622 nmi (12,73 knots)
Autonomy (days):10
Propulsion:2x10000 hp M-507A diesels, 2 fixed pitch propellers, 2x200 kW diesel generators, 1x100 kW diesel generator

1x1 76 mm AK-176M - 252 rounds - MR-123 Vympel-A fire control system
1x6 30 mm AK-630M - 3000 rounds
4x1 400 mm OTA-40-204A torpedo tubes - 4 SET-40, SET-72 torpedoes
2x5 RBU-1200M Uragan (30 RGB-12)
1x4 MTU-4S 9K34 Strela-3 SAM system launcher (9M36 missiles) or 9K310 Igla-1 (9M313 missiles)
12 BB-1 depth charges
1x7 55 mm MRG-1 Ogonyok grenade launcher (RG-55, GRS-55 grenades)


MR-220 Reyd surface search radar, Kivach-2M navigation radar, Vympel-R2 reconnaissance radar, MG-345 Bronza sonar, MG-329 Sheksna sonar, MG-7 Brasletanti-saboteur sonar, MGS-407K sonar
PK-16 decoy RL (2 KL-101 launchers)

Complement: 43 (5 officers)
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