After South Korean firm walked out of Rs 32,000-crore ‘Make in India’ deal for the manufacturing of dozen mine-hunting warships at the state-owned Goa Shipyard Ltd (GSL) in Vasco-Goa, the Russian Defense Ministry have offered India its Project 12700 Alexandrit-class coastal-type minesweepers at the ongoing visit of the Defence Minister Rajnath Singh to Moscow.

Project 12700 mine countermeasures vessels (minesweepers) have their hull made of glass-fiber reinforced plastic. Russian minesweepers designed by Almaz as its advantage, this solution provides for the ship’s higher strength compared to the steel hull. The fiberglass hull considerably decreases the weight and extends the life cycle. The warships can fight mines with various flails, tele-guided, and autonomous unmanned underwater craft.

The hull made of the monolith glass-fiber reinforced plastic has a longer service life (up to 30 years) than the hull made of low-magnetic steel while its weight is considerably smaller. Project 12700 Alexandrit-class coastal-type minesweepers displace 890 tonnes, are 62 meters long and ten meters wide and have a crew of 44 men.

Russia is also offering Aleksandrit-ISPUM underwater drones designated to fight explosive devices with the Project 12700 Alexandrit-class coastal-type minesweepers and Russian Navy has announced its plans to induct 40 anti-mine defense (PMO) ships of the project 12700 until 2030.


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