The Navy has problems with the crew of the minesweeper "Alexander Obukhov"
According to the crew members, "the boat is still damp and cannot perform all the required functions." The source added that this is partly why he did not come with the ship to the waters of the International Navy Salon.
The commander of the ship, Captain III Rank, Sergey Tikhonov, refused to specify the details of the FlotProm correspondent, but added that during the International Maritime Defense Show, "the boat was at the base, carrying out tasks to protect it." The source of the FlotProm in the Baltic Fleet added that 20 June 2017, the Inspector, from Obukhov for the first time went independently to the Baltic Sea.
28 June, during the IMDS-2017, ECA Group Commercial Director Dominic Mallet told FlotProm that in the next two years the company will organize the Russian production of Inspector Mk2 Russian crewless boats and Seascan Mk2 underwater defense vehicles.
According to Malle, originally the ECA Group planned to supply the Russian Navy with four crewless boats (BEC) and an underwater vehicle for Alexandre-type minesweepers. However, the parties later agreed to supply only three boats. The Russian side has already received two “Inspectors”, another one will be delivered by the end of 2017. The contract value is about 10 million euros.
Since 1936, ECA Group has been developing in the field of robotics, automated systems, modeling and industrial processes. BEC of the company's development is used on the 12700 "Alexander Obukhov" mine defense lead ship.
The base minesweeper of the 12700 project (cipher "Alexandrite") "Alexander Obukhov" was designed by the Almaz Central Marine Design Bureau for the needs of the Russian Navy. Mine defense ships of this type are designed to search and destroy mines in the waters of naval bases. It is assumed that the minesweepers of this project will be the basis of the updated naval mine-defense forces of the Russian Navy.
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