New Russian stealth warship suffers £225million of damage after catching fire during construction

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  • The blaze began on Friday in St Petersburg on the Severnaya Verf shipyard
  • Footage confirmed devastating fire damage to the £307 million stealth ship, meant to hold Vladimir Putin’s deadly Mach-9 hypersonic missiles 
  • It has induced a serious setback to the Kremlin’s naval modernisation project

By Will Stewart In Russia For Mailonline

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A brand new Russian stealth warship has suffered £225million value of damage after it caught fire during construction.  

The scale of the blaze which began on Friday in St Petersburg has induced a serious setback to the Kremlin’s naval modernisation.

Footage confirmed devastating fire damage to the £307 million stealth ship, meant to hold Vladimir Putin’s deadly Mach-9 hypersonic missiles.

A brand new Russian stealth warship has suffered £225million value of damage after it caught fire during construction. Pictured: A nonetheless seize taken from footage of the fire in St Petersburg 

The scale of the blaze (pictured) which began on Friday in St Petersburg has induced a serious setback to the Kremlin’s naval modernisation

Pictured: Smoke may be seen rising from the construction yard in St Petersburg after the the corvette Provornyy (Agile) caught fire whereas it was beneath construction

Huge flames and thick smoke have been seen rising from the corvette Provornyy (Agile) at Severnaya Verf shipyard the place it was beneath construction.

The warship has been virtually completely destroyed by the fire – the most recent of a spate of mysterious blazes at high secret naval shipbuilding services – with the damage working into lots of of thousands and thousands of kilos, say experiences.

Russia says there have been no weapons or crew on board the stealth corvette when fire erupted, nonetheless, different experiences stated three crew have been injured, with Military.com reporting that two required hospitalisation.

The hull is claimed to be intact however your complete superstructure and decking should now be dismantled after its destruction within the inferno, say experiences.

A felony probe has been launched into the main blaze on the Provornyy – designed to hold Russia’s lethal new Zircon – or Tskirkon – hypersonic missile.

The 6,670 mph weapon is seen as ‘unstoppable’ by present Western know-how, and can initially be deployed on frigates however Putin stated it will ‘positively’ be used with Project 20385 corvettes just like the blitzed Provornyy.

Huge flames and thick smoke have been seen rising from the corvette Provornyy (Agile) at Severnaya Verf shipyard the place it was beneath construction

Pictured: Smoke is proven rising over St Petersburg as fire engulfs a Russian warship beneath construction at a shipyard

The Gremyashchiy corvette – the primary of this new sort of corvette – was not too long ago deployed to the Russian Pacific coast the place it has been armed with Kalibr missiles.

The Russian authorities not too long ago gave the go-ahead for full-scale manufacturing of Zircon missiles at a top-secret plant at Reutovo, close to Moscow.

Late final month, Russia additionally revealed a ‘profitable’ check of its the Zircon missile, fired from a warship within the White Sea.

The ‘unstoppable’ weapon hit a goal some 250 miles away from the Admiral Gorshkov frigate, the Moscow defence ministry stated on November 29.

Putin at this time awarded the Zircon’s creator, Boris Obnosov head of Tactical Missile Corporation, the Hero of Russia honour.

Damage from the fire on the warship has been put at round £225 million.

‘One of the principle questions of the investigation is why it caught fire, given {that a} warship needs to be made of non-combustible supplies,’ stated a supply.

The warship has been virtually completely destroyed by the fire – the most recent of a spate of mysterious blazes at high secret naval shipbuilding services – with the damage working into lots of of thousands and thousands of kilos, say experiences. Pictured: The damage on the ship

A rendered picture of Provornyy corvette. The half of the corvette highlighted in yellow is believed to have been destroyed by fire

In February a fire was extinguished on the Ural nuclear icebreaker at one other plant, and in 2020 three staff have been injured on the Ivan Papanin ship whereas beneath construction for the navy.

Among different naval fires, a blaze on the plane service Admiral Kuznetsov in 2019 induced an estimated £972 million in damages.

Fontanka media outlet stated: ‘The stench from the main fire lined all of the Kirovsky district of town.

‘It was uncommon case when taxpayers might actually sense their burning billions,’ it stated. ‘This is the finale of common fire emergencies at St Petersburg’s shipyards.’

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