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MOSCOW, January 23 (RIA Novosti) - Russia's Navy is to receive its first three Project 21820 Dugon-class assault landing ships in 2013-2014, a navy representative said on Wednesday.
"Russia will take delivery of the first three production Dugon-class air-cavity vessels in 2013-2014," he said.
"Denis Davydov is due to be launched in June or July 2013 and presented to the navy after sea trials in the fall. The second ship, Rimsky-Korsakov, will be floated in September or October 2013, and the third ship completed the following year," the navy representative said.
The Dugon class was designed by the Alexeyev hydrofoil design bureau in Nizhny Novgorod.
The first three ships of the class, named Denis Davydov, Lieutenant Rimsky-Korsakov and Michman Lermontov, are under construction at the Yaroslavsky shipyard.
The Dugon class ships displace 280 tons, have a length of 45 meters (147.6 feet), a beam of 8.6 meters (28.2 feet), and a top speed of 35 knots, and are powered by two 9,000 h.p. M507A-2D diesels.
The ships have a crew of seven and can carry a payload of 140 tons, including three tanks or five BTR troop carriers.
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