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The new Russian Grachonok Project 21980 anti-sabotage boat with Chinese TBD620V12 diesel engines broke down during the first test.

According to the fontanka.ru, the Chinese engines installed at Grachonok anti-sabotage boat (with the serial number 01221) broke at the first test. Project 21980 anti-sabotage was originally designed to receive MTU diesel engines from Germany. But EU sanctions imposed over the Ukraine crisis forced Russia to found a new engine in China.

The boats have been developed by the Vympel Design Bureau and built by the shipyard in Rybinsk in the Yaroslavl Region in central Russia.

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The Project 21980 boat is designed to protect water areas and fight sabotage and terrorist groupings in coastal waters.

The Project 21980 anti-sabotage boat is armed with large-caliber machineguns, depth charges and man-portable air defense missile systems. The boat’s radio electronic equipment can search for moving underwater targets and its diving system can handle several divers at a time.

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