St. Petersburg -The Russian Federation Navy is planning to acquire 10 Alexandrit-class (Project 12700) minesweepers by 2027 and 30 by 2035, according to Deputy Chief of the Naval Shipbuilding Directorate Captain Mikhail Krasnopeyev. The timetable for the 10 minesweepers coincides with Russia’s impending state armament programme for 2018-27. First-of-class Alexander Obukhov was laid down in 2011 and commissioned in late 2016. It is assigned to Russia’s Baltic Fleet.
Four additional Alexandrit-class hulls are at different stages of construction at Sredne-Nevsky Shipyard in St Petersburg: three keels were laid in 2017, while a fire during construction has delayed delivery of the second vessel.
As recently as 2016, Commander-in-Chief Admiral Vladimir Korolev said the navy had already contracted for a total of eight Alexandrit-class minesweepers and would ultimately procure 40 hulls.