25 Apr 2019 19:10

New coast guard ship Nur-Sultan launched in Kazakhstan

URALSK. April 25 (Interfax) - A new warship meant for the protection of Kazakhstan's maritime border was launched on Thursday in Uralsk, capital of the West Kazakhstan region, an Interfax correspondent reports.

It was manufactured at the local Zenit plant. The new ship of Bars project was named Nur-Sultan.

The coast guard ship was made in compliance with the state defense contract for the border service of Kazakhstan's National Security Committee.

It is 42 meters long and some 8 meters wide and has displacement of 240 tonnes.

Under orders from the customer the ship has upgraded weaponry thanks to which the range of its tasks expanded considerably.

"It has an up-to-date cannon that is employed by ships of many other countries and we are not lagging behind them. Secondly, we increased the number of machine-guns also manufactured at ZKMK plant in Uralsk. Moreover, we procure water desalination equipment from Omega plant in Uralsk," Deputy Chairman of the National Security Committee and head of the border service Darkhan Dilmanov said.

After being launched the new ship will go down the Ural River to the Caspian Sea where it will undergo dockside, power and acceptance trials followed by the transfer to the customer.