The “Berezhok” combat module will supplement the means of combating USVs

Nick Morris

The Tula Instrument Design Bureau (KBP) of the High-Precision Complexes holding (part of Rostec corporation) unveiled at the International Maritime Defence Show (IMDS) “Fleet-2024” in Kronshtadt the “Berezhok” combat module, adapted to combat unmanned surface vehicles (USVs) and uncrewed boats

The “Berezhok” combat module with its fire control system and “Kornet” anti-tank guided missiles (ATGMs) was originally intended to equip armored vehicles; now this module can be used as a coastal defense complex or ship firing module to combat landing craft and boats, including unmanned ones.

The armament of the “Berezhok” module includes a 30-mm 2A42 automatic cannon, a 7.62-mm PKTM machine gun, a 30-mm AG-30M automatic grenade launcher, as well as two twin “Kornet” anti-tank guided missile (ATGM) launchers with two missiles each. According to the KBP representative, there are types of unmanned boats that are well protected, and they cannot always be disabled with small caliber. When using the “Berezhok” module, one 30-mm cannon shell is enough to completely destroy an attacking surface target.

The fact that the “Berezhok” module was showcased at Fleet-2024 salon indicates that the command of the Russian Navy is seriously concerned about last line protection of surface ships attacked by uncrewed boats and USVs. In this regard, a search is underway for possible effective means of defense that can be used to strengthen the firepower of ships.

Photo by N. Morris