Russian television showed the laying of the first modular section for the new frigate Novik at Yantar Shipyard, Kaliningrad, on 26 July. Believed to be of the Project 1244.1 design depicted here, the Novik is to be completed after 2000 and should displace about 3,600 tons full load. Project 1244.1 was to be a twin-screwed ship about 122 meters long and drawing about 9.5 meters over its pronounced bow sonar bulb. Observable features on the drawing board include (1) a raised helicopter deck over a variable-depth sonar housing, (2) an unspecified vertical-launch surface-to-air missile system either to starboard of or flanking the helicopter hangar, (3) a Fregat-M series three-dimensional air-search radar, (4) an MR-123 Vympel (Bass Tilt) gun control radar, (5) a possible MR-352 Pozitiv (Cross Dome) missile target-designation radar, (6) eight Kh-35 Uran (SS-N-25) or Oniks antiship missiles, (7) the first installation of the new twin 30-mm AK-630MI-2 gatling gun, and (8) a 76-mm 59-caliber AK-76 dual-purpose gun. The construction start is something of a surprise, as the building yard was said to be nearing bankruptcy this spring and had ceased work on the second and third Neustrashimyy- classfrigates some time ago.