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28 September 2018

Centaur-Class Fast Assault Craft

The Centaur (Kentavr)-class fast assault craft are being constructed by Kuznya on Rybalsky for the Ukrainian Navy.
The first two vessels in the Centaur-class were launched in September 2018. Image courtesy of Ukranian Defence Ministry.
The Centaur-class vessels can sail at a maximum speed of more than 35kt. Image courtesy of Ukranian Defence Ministry.
The overall length of the fast assault craft is 24.3m. Image courtesy of Ukranian Defence Ministry.

The Centaur (Kentavr)-class fast assault craft are being constructed by Kuznya on Rybalsky for the Ukrainian Navy.

Designed by the State Research and Design Shipbuilding Center (SRDSC) of Ukraine, the fast assault craft are intended to offer fire support and ensure rapid deployment of marines and Special Forces to the mission locations.

The Centaur-class vessels have the capability to perform a wide range of missions such as maritime patrol, surveillance, search-and-rescue (SAR), safeguarding littoral and inland waters and troops transport.

A scaled model of the assault craft was presented at the Shipbuilding 2017 international exhibition held in Mykolaiv, Ukraine, in May 2017. It was also displayed at the Arms and Security 2017 defence expo held in Kyiv, Ukraine, in October 2017.

The Ministry of Defence of Ukraine placed a contract with Kuznya on Rybalsky for the construction of two Centaur-class vessels in May 2016. Keels for the first two vessels in the class were laid in December 2016.

“The fast assault craft are intended to offer fire support and ensure rapid deployment of marines and Special Forces to the mission locations.”

The first two ships in the class were launched by Kuznya on Rybalsky plant in Kiev, Ukraine, in September 2018.

Centaur-class fast attack craft design and features

The design of the Centaur-class fast assault craft is based on the Gyurza-M class boat. The vessel features a mono-hull design and a reinforced superstructure. It is custom-designed to offer enhanced speed and stability during operations.

Each ship can be manned by a crew of four members and can accommodate up to 28 amphibious troops along with their equipment.

The Centaur-class craft has an overall length of 24.3m, overall beam of 4.8m and maximum draught of 1m, while its full load displacement is 47t.

Armament and self-protection of Centaur-class

The superstructure of the vessels can be installed with two combat modules integrating multiple weapon mounts and a large remote weapon station (RWS). The RWS can be armed with a 12.7mm calibre machine gun.

The vessel can also be armed with a 40mm grenade launcher, which will comply with the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (Nato) standards. It further features a multiple launch rocket system (MLRS) that can fire S-8 unguided artillery rockets.

The engine room, crew cabin, commando accommodation areas, and wheel house are protected by reinforced steel to withstand the impact of bullets, shells and splinters.

The armament of the basic version of the vessels can be customised according to the customer requirements.

Sensors and communication systems

The Centaur-class will be equipped with next-generation sensors capable of detecting laser emissions at long ranges. It will also be installed with an optoelectronic monitoring system and a Furuno DRS4D-NX solid-state pulse compression doppler radar with fast target tracking capabilities..

The navigation and communication requirements of the vessel will be served by the onboard GPS and Iridium Pilot satellite communication system, which provides up to three independent communication lines.

Propulsion and performance of Centaur-class

The Centaur-class fast assault craft are powered by two diesel engines coupled to a pair of waterjets.

The maximum speed attained by the fast assault craft will be more than 35k. The vessel can achieve a maximum range of more than 500nm at an economical speed of 11k while its maximum endurance will be five days.

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