Vishnya-class intelligence ship

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Basic information

Country of build:
Planned:
7
Completed:
7
In service:
1985 – present (38 years)

Ship measurements

Displacement:
3,400 t
Length:
91.5 m
Beam:
14.6 m
Draft:
4.5 m

Machine

Propulsion:
  • 4 * Zgoda-Sulzer diesels 12AV 25/30
  • 2 * electric motors
  • 4 * diesel generators
  • 2 * shafts
Speed:
16.5 knots
Range:
7900 nmi

Personnel

Complement:
146
Embarked units:
6

Combat assets

Electronics:
  • Radar: MR-212/201 (Palm Frond)
  • Sonar: MG-349, MGP-303
  • Various intercept arrays and radio direction finding equipment
Armament:
  • 2 * AK-630 six-barreled Gatling 30 mm/L60 guns
  • 2 * SA-N-8 surface-to-air missiles

The Vishnya class (also known as the Meridian class) are a group of intelligence collection ships built for the Soviet Navy in the 1980s. The ships continue in service with the Russian Navy. The Soviet designation is Project 864. The Russian Navy operates seven of these ships.

These ships are large, purpose built ships designed for signals intelligence gathering via an extensive array of sensors. The data could be transmitted to shore via satellite link antennas housed in two large radomes. The ships are armed with two AK-630 close-in weapon systems and SA-N-8 SAM launchers, for last resort self-defense.

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