Kazakhs to unveil 1st domestically built warship

Apr 17. Central Asia. ASTANA

Kazakhs to unveil 1st domestically built warshipKazakhstan plans to launch its first domestically built warship, the Defence Ministry website said in an April 13 statement. The Zenit shipyard in Uralsk is completing the missile boat, named “Kazakhstan,” and plans to launch it in the Caspian Sea at the end of April.

It will undergo final tests in August, and the navy plans to use it to patrol Kazakhstan’s territorial waters, CaspioNet reported April 13.

The ship is meant to “destroy the enemy’s surface warships, cutters and transports, independently and with help from naval strike forces,” the ministry said.

The missile boat is 46m long and 9m wide and has a top speed of 30 knots, CaspioNet reported. Kazakhstan plans to launch two more warships in the same class by 2013.