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Project 266M  
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 1980
Total Production: ?
Also Known As: Akvamarine, Al I'sar, Natya-I, Pondicherry, Project 02668 and Project 266ME
Origin: Russia
Parent System: Project 266M
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 1980
Total Production: ?
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Description: The Project 266M Akvamarine class ships are oceanic minesweepers with a secondary anti-submarine warfare (ASW) escort vessel role in wartime. They are equipped with 20 Igla short-range surface-to-air missiles, two 30mm AK-306 cannons and a variety of electronic equipment. The mine hunting equipment includes GKT-2 contact sweep; TEM-3 influence sweep; AT-2 acoustic sweep; RBU-1200 ASW mortar; and an integrated anti-mine system for detection and destruction of sea mines ahead the ship's course, including MG-89/MG-89ME sonar, Mayevka-E self-propelled TV-controlled underwater vehicle, Diez automated control system, and MG-35E underwater communications sonar. They feature a low-magnetic steel hull and a propulsion system which consists of two M503B-3E diesel engines.
The Project 266M ships are also known as Natya-I. The Soviet Navy received the first vessels in the late 1970s early 1980s with more than a dozen ships commissioned before the Soviet Union collapse. The Russian Navy intends to commission several upgraded ships called Project 02668 beginning in November 2008 with Vice Admiral Zakharin minesweeper. The Vice Admiral Zakharin construction started in 1994 for the Republic of Vietnam. In 2000 it was re-designed as Project 02668 and was completed in 2006. The Project 266ME is the export version of this class.

Project 266M Specifications

Crew: 67
Dimensions
Beam: 10.2 meter (33.5 foot)
Draft: 3.10 meter (10.2 foot)
Length: 61 meter (200 foot)
Main Gun Caliber: 30 millimeter
Performance
Max Range: 3,000 nautical mile (5,556 kilometer)
Power
Total Combined Power: 5,000 bhp (3,730 kW)
Speed
Economical Speed: 12 knot
Top Speed: 16 knot (8.22 mps)
Time
Mission Endurance: 15 day
Weight
Full Displacement: 853 ton
CEP: Circular Error Probable
Meters (m)   Kilometers (km)   Nautic Miles (nm)   Inch (in)   Yard (yd)   Foot (ft)   Millimeter (mm)
Pound (lb)   Kilogram (kg)   kN (KiloNewton)   Ton (t)
Meters per Second (mps)   Kilometers per Hour (kph)   Knot (kt)   Miles per Hour (mph)
Liter (l)   Galon (gl)
Year (yr)   Minutes (min)   Second (sec)
Shaft-Horse-Power (shp)

Operators & Related Equipment


OperatorsItems
India12
YearHoldings
Sep 20137
Russia?
YearHoldings
201313Black Sea fleet (7), Northern fleet (4) and Pacific fleet (2)

Grand Total 215
Surface-to-Air Missiles
Iglax20
Weapon Stations
AK-306x2

Project 266M Ship Listing


SerialNameStatusLaunch DateCommissionDecommission
M61 Pondicherry-1978-
M62 Porbandar-1978-
M63 Bedi-1979-
M64 Bhavnagar-1979-
M65 Alleppy-10 Jun 1980-
M66 Ratnagiri-1980-
M67 Karwar-14 Jul 1986-
M68 Cannanore-17 Dec 1987-
M69 Cuddalore-29 Oct 1987-
M70 Kakinada-23 Dec 1986-
M71 Kozhikode-19 Dec 1988-
M72 Konkan-8 Oct 1988-
111 Al I'sar-1981-
113 Al Tayyar-1981-
115 Ras al Hamman-1983-
117 Ras al Falluga-1983-
119 Ras al Oula-1983-
121 Ras al Dawar-1984-
123 Ras Massad-1985-
125 Ras al Hani-1986-
Vice Admiral Zakharin-Nov 2008-
Vice Admiral Zhukov-2009-
Artillerist-1980-
Dal'noomershchik---
Desantnik---
Komendor---
Kontradmiral Vlasov---
Maroviy---
Mashinist---
Motorist---
Navodchik---
Radist---
Snayper---
Svyazist---
Vsevolod Vishnevskiy---
Valentin Pikul---
201 -1991-

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