The missile boat of Project 12411 is a further
development of the Molniya (Lightning) family
boats, developed for export. It differs from its
predecessor (Project 1241RE boats) in that the
outdated P-20 missile system (SS-N-2 Styx) has
been replaced by the Moskit-E (SS-N-22 Sunburn)
missile system which fires supersonic antiship
missiles, and that the new Garpun-Bal multirole
radar system has been installed. Trials of the
first boat of the class have already been completed.
The Project 12411 Molniya Missile Boat is intended
to engage combatant ships, amphibious ships, and
other vessels at open sea. It has the variety
of weapons with surface-to-surface and surface-to-air
capabilities. The unique radar system covers the
missile entire effective range, tracing concurrently
15 targets, and assigns six designated targets
under intensive EW environment. The gun fire control
system detects air and surface targets, performs
automatic tracking, and computes firing data.
The radar which is used to detect surface targets
provides fire control system with designation
data for five targets at a time. The boat is also
fitted with active radar jammers and IFF radar.
The missile boat is equipped with the full set
of navigation and communication equipment, powerful
gas turbine power plant , air-conditioning and
ventilation systems to provide efficient operation
in any climatic conditions.
Russia has tested and put into production a new
missile vessel, "Molniya ", armed with
four Moskit missiles. The Molniya is a follow-on
to the successful Soviet Tarantul-class missile
boats. The vessel can destroy surface ships, transport
and landing facilities in a coastal zone and out
With its comparatively inconsiderable displacement
of 550 tons, "Molniya " is equipped
with four "Moskit" supersonic anti-vessel
missiles. The first launch of Russia's newest
supersonic anti-ship missile, the Moskit SS-N-22
Sunburn, was conducted from an export Molniya
fast missile boat at the Feodosia test range late
in October 1999. The boat has a radar missile
target designation complex. It's the latest achievement
in radio-electronic systems of this purpose. With
its high noise-proof features, it can observe
15 targets simultaneously and define target destinations
of six. The complex can reach targets 500 kilometers
off. Besides strike missile guns, the boat has
anti-aircraft missile weapons and automatic artillery
installations. It has 12 portable anti-aircraft
missile complexes "Igla" meant to hit
air targets in conditions of natural visibility.
The on-board rapid-fire artillery guns are meant
to destroy air, surface and coastal targets. They
can also be used to liquidate floating mines.
"Molniya" also has two launchers and
combined-interference shells to protect targets
from anti-boat weapons with different guidance
The boats' relatively small size enables them
to blend in with coastal merchant and fishing
traffic, making them difficult to locate and target.
With a skilled operator, Russian-built patrol
craft armed with Sunburn antiship missiles would
be a significant threat to any seagoing adversary.
The boat's high navigation characteristics allow
it to use weapons in stormy weather with wind
force 5 and ensures safety in the sea with wind
force 8. Thanks to its sophisticated weapons,
high running features, the boat can control a
total area of water up to 5 thousand square nautical
miles. The boat's speed is up to 38 knots, sailing
range up to 2,400 miles, crew 41 members. Project
12411 was the designation for a new class of guided
missile corvette that would replace the Osa-Class
corvette that served the Soviet Navy and its allies
around the world. Using a hull that is smaller
than the Nanuchka-Class and having less capabilities
than that class, the Tarantul is nevertheless
faster and more agile. Powered by a pair of 34,000
HP gas turbines, the Tarantul class can cruise
around 40 knots and can be armed with either anti-ship
or anti-aircraft missiles in addition to its multi-purpose
76mm deck gun.
Ex-Guided Missile Corvette "R-334"
- has been renamed to "Ivanovets" into
the 2000 year.
||493 tons full load
||56.1 x 10.2 x 4.36
meters/184.1 x 33.5 x 14.3 feet
2 M-510 cruise diesels, 8,000 bhp; 2 M70
boost gas turbines, 24,000 shp; 2 shafts,
||Air & Surface:
Navigation: Krivach II
||4 SS-N-22 Sunburn
(2 twin) launchers
SAM - SA-N-5 Grail quad launcher
1 AK-176 76.2mm/59cal DP full autom.
2 AK-630M gattl. AA (6 x 30 mm; r: 6'000