The "hit and run" principle: Poland fears the appearance of BK-16 boats in Primorsk
The Polish press paid close attention to the appearance of Project 16 landing craft BK-02510 in Primorsk, fearing that they were intended for operations on the coast of the Vistula (Russian name - Kaliningrad) Bay.
July 15 at the Baltic navy the flag was raised on at least two boats of this type, built at the Rybinsk shipyard. Their base was Primorsk, located about 35 km from Kaliningrad. As noted in the Polish edition, it is here that the base for the BF airborne assault troops is being created. This is allegedly evidenced by the expansion of the port's infrastructure, the presence of a climbing wall and small inflatable motor boats for training Russian military personnel from assault units and special forces.
- indicated in Defense24.
The performance characteristics and the purpose of the boats allegedly also speak of this. BK-16s have a range of no more than 220 nautical miles at a speed of 20 knots (the maximum value is 40 knots).
- explained in Defense24, indicating that inside the hull 15 m long, 3,8 m wide and 20,5 tons displacement, there are two armored compartments: for engines and for landing (two crew members and 18 marines or special forces).
They have "good weapons": three 7,62-mm machine guns (controlled by paratroopers standing on board) and a remotely controlled weapon station equipped with one 12,7-mm machine gun and one 40-mm grenade launcher.
- Rybinsk Shipyard website
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