By TASS Russian news agency
The new modification is based on the hull of the existing ship, which has shown high performance in operational environment, Mistakhov added.
“In order to promote the Project 11661 Gepard 3.9 corvette, we have developed a new concept with a larger displacement, which accommodates vertically launched cruise missiles,”
Director General of Ak Bars Shipbuilding Renat Mistakhov
The Gepard-3.9 frigate is designed for the anti-submarine/anti-surface warfare and air defense roles as well as for escorting convoys and patrolling. It displaces about 2,000 tons and has an endurance of about 5,000 nm. The ship was developed by the Zelenodolsk Design Bureau (a subsidiary of the Ak Bars Shipbuilding Corporation).
Naval News comments:
Four Gepard-class frigates of project 11661E were built by Zelenodolsk Shipyard between 2007 and 2013 in Russia’s Tatarstan for the Vietnam People’s Navy. Two Project 11661 vessels were also built for the Russian Navy’s Caspian flottila. The Gepard-3.9 missions include anti-surface, anti-submarine and anti-air warfare, patrol, escort of convoys, as well as EEZ protection.