By TASS Russian news agency
“The project is designated as Catamaran-KK. It is a small vessel with two keels united by a truss-type bridge. Sredne-Nevsky Shipyard creates composite hulls of future vessels made of polymeric carbon fiber. They are produced in a matrix by vacuum infusion. The shipyard has to build hulls for four vessels and hand them over to the customer in May 2020,”
The St. Petersburg Polytechnic University will do the final assembly. Each catamaran will carry solar batteries to power engines and an automatic control system for unmanned operation. The catamarans can carry various equipment to take samples of air and water, measure radioactivity level and deal with other types of environmental monitoring. The catamaran is easily assembled without special tools. It is compact and light.
The catamarans are to operate in Kronshtadt naval cadet corps for research in the Gulf of Finland. Cadets will study theoretical and practical ship control and robotics.
In 2019, the shipyard built a similar small vessel for St. Petersburg Polytechnic University.