India Suspends Talks On Project 12700 Mine Sweeper Licensed Production
(Source: TASS Defense; published Sept 05, 2016)
MOSCOW --- India has suspended talks on the licensed production of the Project 12700 mine sweeper to obtain the results of the operational evaluation of the first same-type ship in Russia, CEO of Russia’s Sredne-Nevsky Shipyard Vladimir Seredokho told TASS.

Seredokho made this statement on the threshold of the Army 2016 international military and technical forum.

"Talks with India on the organization of the licensed production of Alexandrit-class mine sweepers are not under way. The Indian customers are currently waiting for the information on the Project 12700 lead mine sweeper Alexander Obukhov and its operational evaluation," the CEO said.

Seredokho said in the summer of 2015 that India was planning to purchase the license to build Project 12700 mine sweepers.

The CEO said at that time that India needed at least ten ships of this type.

The Project 12700 Alexandrit-class ship is a new-generation mine sweeper. The ship features a fiberglass hull, which makes it lighter and extends its service life.

The Project 12700 ship can sweep mines using various sweeps and remote-controlled and self-sustained unmanned submersible vehicles.

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Second Project 12700 Mine Sweeper for Russian Navy Delayed for One Year
(Source: TASS Defense; published Sept 05, 2016)
MOSCOW --- The second mine sweeper Georgy Kurbatov of project 12700 will be floated in autumn next year, one year later than planned, Director General of the Sredne-Nevsky Shipyard Vladimir Seredokho told TASS on the eve of the international Army-2016 forum.

The delay in the construction of the Georgy Kurbatov was caused by a fire in early June. Rescuers said inboard planking of the warship was ablaze on a space of 600 square meters. Earlier the shipyard said the sweeper will be handed over to the military on time - in the spring of 2017.

"The floating of the second mine sweeper (first serial) Georgy Kurbatov is scheduled for October 2017," Seredokho said. The laying of the keel of the third warship is planned in September 2016 and of the fourth - in 2017.

He did not disclose how many new generation mine sweepers will be built in total for the Russian Navy. "The total number of warships planned for construction is in the competence of the Russian defense ministry," he said.

It has been reported that the Russian Navy will get four mine sweepers of project 12700 after which their construction will proceed by an upgraded project. The total demand of the Navy for new mine sweepers is estimated at close to 30 warships.

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Russian Navy to Receive Lead Fiberglass Mine Sweeper of Project 12700 in October
(Source: TASS Defense; published Sept 05, 2016)
MOSCOW --- The lead anti-mine warship Alexander Obukhov of project 12700 will be handed over to the Russian Navy in October 2016, Director General of the Sredne-Nevsky Shipyard Vladimir Seredokho told TASS on the eve of the international Army-2016 forum. "This October the Alexander Obukhov will be handed over to the fleet," he said.

At present the warship is undergoing test trials in the Baltic Sea. "At the tests the hull of the vessel shows seaworthiness in various conditions of the sea. The calculated parameters of all systems and equipment of the warship are confirmed in various conditions," he said.

Project 12700 (code Alexandrite) warships are a new generation of mine sweepers. The fiberglass hull decreases the weight and extends the service life. The warships can sweep mines with various flails and remote controlled autonomous unmanned underwater craft.

In the coming years the Russian Navy is to get four sweepers of project 12700. The lead warship had to be transferred in 2015 but the handover deadline was moved to 2016. In late July Vice President of the United Shipbuilding Corporation for military shipbuilding Igor Ponomarev said the military will get the Alexander Obukhov in the third quarter of 2016.

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