The Russian republic of Tatarstan Shipbuilders has unveiled a second Gepard Class frigate, the Dagestan, for the Russian Navy, Zelenodolsk Shipyard has said.

The 102m-long Dagestan has a displacement capacity of 2,000t and can carry a crew of 103 at a cruising speed of 23kt.

The frigate is armed with the Uran-E anti-ship missile system, a 76.2mm gun mount AK-176M, a Palma air defence artillery system, two 30mm gun mounts AK-630M, and 533mm torpedo tubes.

A Gepard Class frigate can carry a Ka-28 or a Ka-31 Helix naval helicopter and is designed to attack surface ships, submarines and air targets as well as perform escort and patrol tasks.

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The frigate is expected to join the Caspian Flotilla in 2011 after undergoing a series of sea trials, according to RIA Novosti.

The first frigate, the Tatarstan, has been serving the Russian Navy as the flagship of the Caspian Flotilla since 2002.