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Missile Corvette R-32
Project 12421 / Tarantul class

The missile corvette of Project 12411 is a further development of the Molniya (Lightning) family corvettes, developed for export. It differs from its predecessor (Project 1241RE corvettes) in that the outdated P-20 missile system (SS-N-2 Styx) has been replaced by the Moskit (SS-N-22 Sunburn) missile system which fires supersonic antiship missiles, and that the new multirole radar system has been installed. With its comparatively inconsiderable displacement of 550 tons, "Molniya " is equipped with four "Moskit" supersonic anti-vessel missiles.

The Project 12411 Molniya missile corvette is intended to engage combatant ships, amphibious ships, and other vessels at open sea. It has the variety of weapons with surface-to-surface and surface-to-air capabilities. The unique radar system covers the missile entire effective range, tracing concurrently 15 targets, and assigns six designated targets under intensive EW environment. The gun fire control system detects air and surface targets, performs automatic tracking, and computes firing data. The radar which is used to detect surface targets provides fire control system with designation data for five targets at a time. The corvette is also fitted with active radar jammers and IFF radar. The missile corvette is equipped with the full set of navigation and communication equipment, powerful gas turbine power plant, air-conditioning and ventilation systems to provide efficient operation in any climatic conditions.

Besides strike missiles, the corvette has anti-aircraft missile weapons and automatic artillery installations. It has 12 portable anti-aircraft missile complexes "Igla" meant to hit air targets in conditions of natural visibility. The on-board rapid-fire 76mm and 30mm artillery guns are meant to destroy air, surface and coastal targets. They can also be used to liquidate floating mines. "Molniya" also has two launchers and combined-interference shells to protect targets from anti-boat weapons with different guidance systems. The boat's speed is up to 40 knots, sailing range up to 1,600 miles, crew 40 members.

Project 12421 are further development of the Tarantul family of ships. It is the export version of the Tarantul class missile corvettes with Moskit missiles.

Missile Corvette R-32 laid down 27 January 1994 at the Vympel, Rybinsk (yard No.01300), launched 1999, commissioned May 2000.

In 2000 he was incorporated into the Black Sea Fleet. In 2008, he was transferred to the Caspian Flotilla, from 2013 - as part of the Baltic Fleet, from 2015 - again as part of the Black Sea Fleet. In fact, was non active all this time.

04 August 2016 the R-32 missile corvette transferred to the Egyptian Navy in Alexandria (Egypt). As part of the Egyptian Navy, the missile corvette was named Ahmed Fadel (hull number - 801).

Displacement (tons):
Full load:550
Dimensions (m):
Speed (knots):38
Range:2400 nmi (12 knots), 2100 nmi (12 knots), 400 nmi (36 knots)
Autonomy (days):10
Propulsion:2x16000 hp M-15E.1 gas turbines (4000 hp M-75 gas turbine and 12000 hp M-70 forsage gas turbine), 2 fixed pitch propellers, 2x180 kW diesel-generators, 1x95 kW diesel generator

2x2 3M80E Moskit-E anti-ship missiles launchers - 3Ts-80E fire control system
2x6 9K38 Igla SAM system launchers (12 9M39 missiles) or 9K310 Igla-1 (12 9M313 missiles)
1x1 76 mm AK-176M 320 rounds MR-123-02 Vympel-AM fire control system
2x6 30 mm AK-630M 2000 rounds
PK-10 decoy RL (2 KT-216 launchers)

Electronics: 3Ts-25E1 Garpun-Bal-E radar complex, Pozitiv-E air/surface search radar, Vympel-R2 complex (2 MP-405, 2 MP-405-1)
Complement:44 (5 officers)


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