15 September 2014
Ivan Kartzov landing ship launch on 30/09/2013 in shipyards in the Far East Vladivostok (all photos : militaryrussia.ru)
Amphibious ship Ivan Kartzov high speed (280 tons the amount of water displacement) has completed state testing in the Pacific Ocean, near the military port Vladivostok (Russia) and is about to hand over to the Vietnamese Navy, according to Red Star newspaper (Russia) dated 11.9.
This is a lightweight class amphibious ships of project 21820 (code named Sea Cow), with displacement water volume of 280 tons, 45 meters long, 8.5 meters across, a draft of 1.9 m, maximum speed is 35 knots (65 km / h) in 0.75 m high wave mode. Range of class amphibious assault ship is 930 km. Capacity 4 armored vehicles and 40 soldiers. Ship's cargo compartment can accommodate up to 140 tons.
The vessel was launched at the shipyard Date 30/09/2013 Far East in Vladivostok. Initially the ship was designed and built for the Pacific Fleet, the ship was then exported to Vietnam under the 2010 contract.
Ivan Kartzov ship is a close second in this project 21820 to Russia has closed and is for experiment 4 units, including one unit of Vietnam has completed state testing, and 3 assigned to the Baltic Fleet and the Caspian fleet.
A spokesman for the shipyard's Yaroslav Russia, where their three amphibious ships for the Russian Navy 21820, Red Star told that this class amphibious ship maneuver, running very fast and cheaper than Zubr landing hovercraft (type Ukraine sold to China).
The ship is automatically controlled by a computer, just 6 OS, two machine guns armed and shoulder-fired anti-aircraft missiles.
The ship is designed for high-speed running on the sea, with amphibious troops fighting vehicles to wheeled or crawler is not the most convenient beach.