These ships were designed to replace the Project 205 (NATO: Osa Class) missile
boats. The Tarantul Missile Corvette (Raketnyy Kater RK) are smaller and less
capable than the previous Nanuchka Class, though several knots faster. They feature
the small hull and basic arrangement of the Pauk Class anti-submarine corvettes
with a different propulsion system. They may be considered a better armed successors
to the Osa Class missile boats.
In the Tarantul, both the single 76 mm main
gun and the two 30 mm Gatling-type guns are used for air defence, together with
a comprehensive electronic warfare suite. The corvettes were are built by the
several shipyards. A version of these ships for coastal anti submarine warfare
and patrol was developed as the Pauk class corvette or Project 12412. The first
version was based on the Pauk Class hull, though with a significantly increased
weight. Equipped with four P-15M Termit (NATO: SS-N-2 Styx) ship-to-ship missiles
(either the 40 km range P-15 Termit missile or the later P-20 variant with 80
km range) and the associated radar targeting system
This corvette was built
specifically for testing a 3M87 Kortik gun-and-missiles module.
Corvette R-71 laid down 12 August 1981 at the Sredne-Nevskiy Shipyard, Pontonny
(yard No.201), launched 14 September 1983, commissioned 10 June 1985.
August 2014 - Shuya.
In January 2021, a prototype of the new Pantsir-M anti-aircraft
missile and artillery complex (ZRAK) was installed on Shuya.
Now in service.
| Displacement (tons):|
|Full load:||495 |
nmi (13 knots), 1600 nmi (14 knots), 400 nmi (36 knots)|
hp M-15 gas turbines (5000 hp M-75 gas turbine, 12000 hp M-70 gas turbine), 2
fixed pitch propellers|
KT-138 launchers (4 P-15M Termit anti-ship missiles)|
1 3M87 Kortik module
(8x1 9M311 SAM missiles launchers, 2x6 30 mm) - removed in 2005
module (8 launchers 57E6 missiles (32 missiles), 2x6 30 mm GSh-6-30K/AO-18KD guns)
- from January 2021
1x1 76 mm AK-176M (314 rounds) - MR-123 Vympel-A fire
34K1 Monolit radar complex (Most, Mayak, Mech, Massiv, MR-144 radars), MR-352
Pozitiv air/surface search radar, Don navigation radar, Vympel-R2 ESW radar system|
PK-16 decoy RL (2 KL-101 launchers)