Russian warship blows up Ukrainian suicide boat

The Russian Defense Ministry announced that two Russian patrol boats blew up three Ukrainian suicide boats in the Black Sea as they tried to approach to attack.

“Ukrainian armed forces last night used three unmanned boats in an unsuccessful attempt to attack the patrol boats Sergey Kotov and Vasily Bykov of the Black Sea Fleet while the two ships were on a maritime control mission. In the southwest of the Black Sea, 340 km from Sevastopol,” the Russian Defense Ministry announced on August 1.

The agency said the patrol boat crew Sergey Kotov and Vasily Bykov used conventional weapons to “destroy all three enemy drone boats.” “The ships Sergey Kotov and Vasily Bykov then continued to fulfill their assigned tasks,” the Russian Defense Ministry said.

The attack occurred after Ukraine on July 30 announced a suicide boat containing 300 kg of explosives with a range of about 800 km. A representative of the Ukrainian developer claims that their suicide boat is “faster than anything else in the Black Sea” and that the Russian warship is difficult to defend effectively against this vehicle.

CNN reported that the suicide boat “could prove vital to Russian threats against cargo ships” after Moscow withdrew from the Black Sea Grains Initiative.

Western experts evaluate this as a cheap and highly effective weapon that Ukraine can use to launch an attack behind the Russian line. They also argue that the cost of building and protecting the suicide boats is much lower than the defenders spend to deal with them, giving Ukraine an advantage.

Ukraine has used suicide boats several times to attack Russian naval ships operating in the Black Sea. The most recent incident took place on July 25, when the patrol boat Sergey Kotov shot and exploded two Ukrainian suicide boats ambushing during the night. The Russian Defense Ministry said there were no casualties in this raid, and the ship Sergey Kotov continued its mission.

Recently, the Russian military has repeatedly raided the port city of Odesa and a number of Ukrainian cities to destroy the factory and warehouse of suicide boats, the production and assembly of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), and missile depots fire, weapons and military equipment brought in by the West.

Warships Sergey Kotov and Vasily Bykov belong to the class of large patrol ships of Project 22160, specializing in patrolling, monitoring and protection duties on the seas. The ship has a displacement of 1,300 – 1,700 tons, is 94 m long, and can reach a maximum speed of 56 km / h with a range of about 9,500 km.

They are equipped with a dual-use automatic cannon AK-176MA 76.2 mm, two 14.5 mm guns, a grenade launcher twin barrel anti-combat DP-64. The battleship can be equipped with Tor-M2KM air defense missiles, Kalibr cruise missiles, 3M47 Gibka air defense systems or 324 mm Paket torpedoes.