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^•though the world market 0r naval arms has declined Considerably since the mid- ^80s, there has been a steady demand for smaller, Patrol-type vessels. At the same time, a number of new fabrication, materials, and signature-reduction |echnologies have brought ^•S. builders of such craft the forefront. One of the ttast ambitious concepts a°w being marketed by a firm is the Atlantic Boat group’s Advanced Maritime Patrol . °at. The 98-foot, 140-ton prototype ,s now under construction and
promises an impressive 50,000-pound payload, a maximum speed of 70 knots, and a range of 3,000 nm at 35 knots. Powered by a combination of
Detroit Diesel diesels and Lycoming gas turbines operating through Cincinnati Gear transmissions, the craft will be configured with interchangeable weapon and sensor modules for a variety of littoral warfare tasks. Designed by famed yacht designers Sparkman and Stephens, the craft is being constructed of advanced composites and will feature replaceable ballistic protection panels. Special attention has been paid to infrared and acoustic signature reduction and to radar-return reduction.
J^'th the retirement of the pUssian Pacific Fleet Kresta |*'Class cruiser Khabarovsk •n March 1993, only two shiPs of the Project 1134A c|ass remain: the Admiral Oktyabrskiy and the Vasily Chapaev, both also in the Pacific Fleet. Ten 7,535-ton 'all-load Kresta IIs were c°rnpleted between 1972 and 1978. The seven Northern Fleet units were •Mired between 1991 and early 1993, and two already have been towed away for scrap. Typed “large anti
submarine ships” by the Soviet and Russian navies, the class carried eight dual-purpose Metel’ (NATO SS-N-14) missiles, each capable of being employed against surface and submarine targets. Against air attack, the 159-meter ships carried 44 Shtorm (NATO SA-N-3 Goblet) missiles. Under her former name, the Marshal Voroshilov, the Khabarovsk collided with the merchant vessel Gorets on 20 November 1990; the cost of repairing her apparently was found to be too great. She is seen here laid up at Vladivostok in last year.
^U 3 October 1990, just prior to the ^‘Unification of Germany, Poland Squired the incomplete third Jhrough fifth Project 151 missile )(|ats originally intended for the Yflksmarine. The East German >roject 150-class prototype, the ^Qssnitz, originally was fitted with ®jght tubes for SS-N-25 (Russian kh-35) antiship missiles. Today, re- ?ngined with MTU diesels, she serves 'n the German Sea Border Patrol, "'hile her two later sisters remain laid UP- The first of the Polish trio, the ®rkan, is seen here in August 1992, •lust prior to her commissioning on *8 September. The Polish Navy has “een able to obtain Russian AK-176, ^.2-mm dual-purpose and AK-630,
•*r(>ceedings / June 1993 30-mm Gatling AA guns; Bass Tilt (Russian MR-123 Vympel’) radar fire control systems; and M520 highspeed diesels to complete its trio, but the intended missile suite has not been installed. Poland recently purchased outright the Kashin-class guided missile destroyer Warszawa and two Foxtrot-class diesel submarines, the Dzik and the Wilk, all three formerly on lease from Russia. Construction continues on a series of five Project 207M coastal mine hunters, the second of which, the Wigry, was commissioned earlier this year.