Russia’s new Buyan-M class corvette “Ingushetia” armed with Kalibr cruise missiles has embarked on its first sea trial, the Black Sea Fleet’s press office announced on Monday.
The crew of the eighth Project 21631 small missile ship, the Ingushetia, has left Novorossiysk to enter shipbuilders’ sea trials. This is the first deployment to the sea for the ship’s crew after the vessel’s construction and float-out, the press office said in a statement.
During the first trials, the ship’s crew will hold tests in real conditions to check the reliability of the vessel’s propulsion unit, the steering system, auxiliary mechanisms, communications and navigation equipment and other shipborne systems and armament.
The sailors together with the shipbuilders will assess the ship’s seagoing performance, its controllability and stability, propulsion qualities and inertial properties.
"The shipbuilders’ trials are being conducted by the vessel’s crew together with the Shipyard’s representatives and are an important stage that is completing the process of the ship’s construction," the press office said.
Project 21631 Buyan-M-class warships feature increased water displacement and are equipped with the latest Kalibr-NK precision missile system designated to strike naval and coastal targets.