Russia is almost done completing its first STEALTH warship that can avoid detection by enemy ships
- Warship armed with cruise missiles, AA missiles and artillery, state media reports
- Slim design and radar-absorbing coating allow Mercury to evade detection
- The hull is complete and will be delivered to the navy next year, RIA reported
Russia is close to completing its first stealth warship that will be able to avoid detection by enemy ships, state media reported Tuesday.
The hull of the Mercury naval corvette, named Project 20386, has been built and the ship is expected to be delivered to the Navy next year, RIA reported.
The warship will be armed with cruise missiles, anti-aircraft missiles and artillery, and can also hunt submarines.
The Mercury will have a radar-absorbent coating and a slim design with minimal protrusions and crevices on its surface to avoid detection, the Kremlin’s mouthpiece said.
An artist’s impression of the Mercury, named Project 20386. The hull is complete and should be delivered to the Navy next year, Russian state media said
Russia has built stealth technology, such as a radar-absorbing coating, into some of its naval ships, but those ships don’t have full stealth technology, RIA said.
Vladimir Putin had invested heavily in the navy in recent years, although Defense Ministry projects were ravaged by Western sanctions. Political ties with the West have been at their worst since the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991.
Before the annexation of Crimea in 2014, it was reported that Russia would abandon plans for a stealth craft altogether.
A prototype of the ship is shown at a military convention in Russia in 2016
In 2013, the daily Izvestia quoted a military source as claiming the ship would become too expensive, costing up to 18 billion rubles (175 million pounds), and that the proposed weapons were “excessive.”
The source said the Kalibr cruise missiles were not needed.
And in April, Russia’s leading defense magazine, The Military Review, published an article shredding the Mercury project.
The report also cited a lack of equipment to equip the ship and design flaws.