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Engine supply issues delay Russian Karakurt corvette deliveries

19 October 2018

Zelenodolsk Shipyard will postpone delivery of its first two Project 22800 Karakurt corvettes to the Russian Navy by at least a year because it lacks diesel engines for them, according to regional news agency Realnoe Vremya. The ships were to be commissioned in 2018.

St Petersburg-based PAO Zvezda informed Zelenodolsk that it cannot provide the diesel engines contracted for 2018 because a large volume of military orders has overwhelmed its production capacity this year.

In addition, Zvezda has reportedly promised Zelenodolsk only two engines in 2019, which could lead to further delays in ship deliveries. Each Karakurt requires three M507 diesels, as well as three DGAS-315 diesel generators.

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