Russia is moving forward with a plan to modernise the Project 1234 missile corvettes, according to local media.
Speaking during a visit to the North-Eastern Repair Center, located in the Kamchatka Region, Deputy Defense Minister Alexei Krivoruchko said,
“Today we are discussing with the enterprise the issue of modernizing a series of Project 1234 small missile ships. We are talking about three such ships. Following the upgrade, their service life will be extended by eight years with a possibility to extend it by eight more years after the factory repairs.”
The upgrade process should take five years once a final decision has been made, according to TASS.
“The upgrade programme will see the P-120 Malakhit anti-ship missile replaced with the Kh-35 Uran missile. The number of anti-ship launchers will be increased, from six to 16. Furthermore, the Titanit radar will be replaced with the KRS-27 and new AK-176MA artillery guns will be stationed on the corvettes.”
The Russian Navy currently operates a dozen Project 1234 Nanuchka class corvettes.