Kazakhstan purchases Russian Lida-class minesweepers for Caspian Sea

The Lida-class (Project 10750E) inshore minesweeper entered service with the Soviet Navy in 1989 and is equipped with acoustic and electromagnetic sweeps. Defensive armament includes the AK-630 close-in-weapon-systsem (similar concept to Phalanx or Goalkeeper).

Kazakhstan to buy two mine ‘hunters’ from Russia

Minesweeper (10750E project). Photo courtesy of snsz-ru.all.biz

Kazakhstan mulls buying two 10750E harbor minesweepers from Russia to use them at the Caspian Sea, Interfax-Kazakhstan reports citing deputy Director General on military-technical cooperation of Sredne-Nevskiy shipyard Aleksander Vlassov.

“Our plant has signed a contract with Kazakhstan for supplies of 10750E harbor minesweepers. The model has fundamental differences from the ships of 10750 Sapfir project built in the 1980s. The last of them was supplied to the Navy in 1996. Several such ships are still used in the Baltic and the Black Sea Navy,” Aleksander Vlassov told the journalists at the 6th International Naval Salon in Saint-Petersburg.

The ships supplied to Kazakhstan will be “very much different from those built for the Soviet and Russian Navy, especially in terms of equipment: most of it has been imported. The ships will be equipped German-made main energy block upon Kazakhstan’s request. The hydro-acoustic equipment will be French. It is aimed for mine intelligence and minesweeping,” he said.

“That means that the once minesweeper has been turned into a mine hunter: it will search for and detect mines using autonomous underwater units, while elimination of the mines it finds will be performed remotely from the shipboard,” he said.

“The ship will also perform traditional sweeping functions with the use of Russian made drags,” Vlassov added. Answering a question on the number of the mine hunters ordered by Kazakhstan, he said: “One, and there is a memorandum for the second one.”


With friends like these… Iran and Russia plan joint naval exercise in Caspian Sea

It would be interesting to see the Velayat (a.k.a. Jamaran 2) which is the Iranian Navy’s newest Moudge-class frigate, currently undergoing sea trials in the Caspian Sea. These appear to be an Iranian reverse-engineered copy of the Vosper Thornycroft Mk 5. The original design dates to the 1960s and a batch of 4 were built for the old Shah’s navy as the Saam-class between 1968 and 1969. They were renamed the Alvand-class in post-revolutionary Iran. It seems the Iranians think enough of this 45+ year old design to reverse-engineer it and start a domestic production line.

Iran, Russia Plan Joint Naval Drills in Caspian Sea

Iran, Russia Plan Joint Naval Drills in Caspian Sea

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iran and Russia plan to conduct joint naval exercises in the Caspian Sea before the end of 2013, a senior Russian Navy commander announced on Saturday.

Deputy Commander of Russia’s Caspian Flotilla Nikolai Yakubovsky made the announcement after meeting with the Commander of the Iranian navy flotilla that has been dispatched to the Russian port city of Astrakhan on Wednesday.

The two countries conducted their first joint naval maneuvers in the Caspian Sea in 2009. A total of 30 Iranian and Russian warships participated in the joint exercises.

Iran and Russia have recently expanded their military cooperation and interactions. The Iranian Navy sent a flotilla of warships to Astrakhan on Wednesday.

“Two missile-launching warships which have been manufactured by the young Iranian experts and joined the Navy’s fleet in 2003 and 2006 were for the first time dispatched to the Russian port of Astrakhan in the form of a flotilla,” Lieutenant Commander of the Iranian Navy Admiral Siyavash Jarreh announced on Wednesday.

He further mentioned “consolidation of the friendly relations between Iran and Russia” as the goal of the Iranian flotilla’s mission, adding that the Navy also aims to display the might and increased knowledge and experience of its young personnel.

According to the Admiral, the Iranian naval forces are due to visit the port and military centers of Astrakhan, and also take part in meetings with senior military officials and commanders in Russia.

A detachment of the Russian Pacific Fleet warships docked in Iran’s Southern port city of Bandar Abbas in mid April. On April 21, a group of Russian Navy warships docked at Bandar Abbas after a long journey from the Pacific Ocean.

The Russian fleet, comprised of Admiral Panteleyev anti-submarine destroyer and two logistic warships of Peresvet and Admiral Novelskoy with a total number of 712 crews, entered the Army’s first naval zone in Bandar Abbas on April 21.

The fleet, which comprised Admiral Panteleyev anti-submarine destroyer and the logistic battleships Peresvet and Admiral Nevelskoi vessel with a crew of 712, entered the Iranian naval zone in a bid to further strengthen relations between Tehran and Moscow and promote bilateral naval cooperation to maintain maritime security.

In recent years, Iran’s Navy has been increasing its presence in international waters to protect naval routes and provide security for merchant vessels and tankers.

The Islamic Republic has repeatedly asserted that its overseas naval presence is meant to convey a message of peace and friendship to other countries.

Iranian officials and commanders have repeatedly underlined that all military exercises and trainings of the Iranian Armed Forces are merely meant to serve deterrent purposes.

“When the enemy observes that our Armed Forces are constantly in wargame zones and their fingers are kept on the trigger, it will not dare to invade the Islamic Iran’s borders,” Pourdastan said in January, underlining the significance of military trainings for boosting the country’s deterrent power.

As regards the Iranian Armed Forces’ military exercises, Pourdastan described wargames as “very important” to the Iranian military, and said drills have provided the Iranian military forces, including the Army Ground Force, with an opportunity to test its achievements and remove deficiencies for future missions.

Late in December 2011, the Iranian Army’s Navy staged 10-day wargames, dubbed as Velayat 90, to test its latest achievements in the fields of missile technology and sub-surface vessels.

The wargames were conducted in an area stretching from the East of the Strait of Hormuz in the Persian Gulf to the Gulf of Aden.

Navy conducted test-firing long-range missiles from coasts and navy vessels.

Different types of short and long-range coast-to-sea, surface-to-surface, surface-to-air missiles were tested by Iranian vessels. Iranian submarines also launched smart torpedoes.