Russian Navy receives fast-speed landing craft for special forces
A high-speed amphibious assault ship Project 02510 BK-16 has entered service with the Russian Baltic Fleet, Fleet Spokesman Roman Martov told the Russian TASS agency.
“The Project 02510 high-speed troop carrier and landing craft of the BK-16 type built at the Rybinsk Shipyard has entered service with the Baltic Fleet and will operate at a Fleet special forces unit stationed in the Kaliningrad Region,” Roman Martov explained.
This is the first boat of Project 02510 to join the battle system of the Baltic Fleet. The Baltic Fleet is expected to receive many more boats of this kind in 2021.
Project 02510 Type BK-16 high-speed amphibious assault vessel is designated for amphibious operations by commandos and can be used to seal and land an amphibious assault force, provide landing party fire support, participate in anti-saboteur measures, combat piracy and terrorism, carry light cargo and participate in rescue operations. Three crewmembers and up to 18 staff can handle the boat.
The amphibious assault boat Project 02510 BK-16 is 16 meters long and 4 meters high. It has a displacement of 22 tonnes, a speed of 40 knots (nearly 75 km/h) and an operating range of up to 400 nautical miles.
The ship is equipped with a remote-controlled weapon station built by the Kalashnikov Group, capable of detecting and hitting targets in any weather conditions during the day and at night.
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