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Small but Dangerous: Russia’s New Missile Corvette Packs Huge Punch
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One of the newest corvettes of the Russian Navy, the Buyan-M is a multi-purpose river-sea type corvette designed for anti-surface warfare.

It has a displacement of 949 tons and maximum speed of 25 knots.

It is armed with an eight-round launcher for high-precision Kalibr-NK or Onix cruise missiles capable of hitting floating targets up to 300 kilometers away and land targets up to 2,500 kilometers away.

The Buyan-M, which is an upgraded version of the Project 21630 Buyan-class corvettes, also carries Igla 1M anti-aircraft missiles, a 100-mm main gun and two 30-mm air-defense guns and is equipped with electronic countermeasure equipment.

It has a range of 1,500 miles and an endurance of 10 days.

Most original in this modern ship is its architectural form, which was created in accordance with the requirements of low visibility.

On October 7, 2015 four warships of the Russian Navy's Caspian Sea flotilla, three of them Buyan-M corvettes, fired 26 SS-N-30A land-attack cruise missiles at terrorist forces in western Syria, a thousand miles away.

Ten Buyan-M class missile corvettes armed with Kalibr cruise missiles will join the Russian Navy by the end of 2019, Navy Deputy Commander Rear Admiral Viktor Bursuk said late last year.

The Navy previously said that it planned to receive six such warships.

"By the end of 2019, the entire series of these ships will be built, which is about 10," Bursuk said.

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