Russia is gaining strength putting into service a frigate with 16 hypersonic missiles
MOSCOW, (BM) – Russia continues to build up the strength of its military fleet, and the appearance of the frigate Admiral Kasatonov armed with 16 Zircon hypersonic cruise missiles, learned BulgarianMilitary.com citing Aviapro news agency.
According to several military experts, no other country in the world can boast with a similar armament of its sea fleet.
“At present, the second frigate of this project, Admiral Kasatonov, is completing the tests. It is planned that this July he will be accepted into the Navy. I want to note that the ships of this project confirm the tactical and technical characteristics incorporated in them by the designer and manufacturer” the Russian Ministry of Defense told Krsnaya Zvesda reporters.
“And as having a large modernization reserve, project 22350 will certainly receive further development, which will affect ship systems and weapons. There is no doubt that these frigates will strengthen the grouping of surface ships of the Navy in the far sea zone due to their tactical and technical characteristics,” the Russian Ministry of Defense also said.
The Russian warship will indeed be equipped with all kinds of weapons, which are promising and will remain so for the next 10-15 years.
Russia hinted at the Admiral Kasatonov frigate last month
The frigate Admiral of the Fleet Kasatonov of project 22350 completed state tests and returned to the Severnaya Verf in St. Petersburg for revision. This was reported on June 8 in the press service of the enterprise where the frigates of this project are being built.
“The first serial frigate Admiral of the Navy Kasatonov of project 22350, having completed the marine part of state tests, returned to the Severnaya Verf. During June, the ship will undergo an audit, after which it will be transferred to the Navy,” the report says.
According to the press service, during the final tests in the Baltic Sea, all design characteristics of the ship, the operation of systems and weapons were tested, interaction with submarines and aircraft was worked out, rescue and evacuation exercises were conducted.
Igor Ponomarev, general director of the Severnaya Verf shipyard (part of the United Shipbuilding Corporation), said: “We reached the finish line and are approaching the main event for the ship – raising the St. Andrew’s flag. For ten months, the ship passed the test phases in two fleets – the Northern and Baltic , worked in different weather conditions and sea disturbances. The commissioning team, together with the crew, fleet support services, carried out a thorough check of the frigate, and now we can confidently say that Kasatonov is a modern powerful ship of the far sea zone that will strengthen the domestic fleet“
At the Severnaya Verf shipyard, Kasatonov will undergo an audit within a month. During the audit, shipbuilders will perform maintenance of the mechanisms, the main power plant, devices and special items, restore the insulation and paint coatings of the hull, open parts and internal premises, and work out the comments of the crew. After the audit is completed, the frigate will carry out a control exit and after signing the acceptance act by the state commission, it will be ready for transfer to the fleet.
Russian Northern Fleet will receive the latest hypersonic weapons
As we reported last month [June 2 – ed.] Russia’s Northern Fleet will receive the latest weapons, including hypersonic, which will significantly increase its combat power. This was announced by Fleet Commander Vice Admiral Alexander Moiseev in an interview with Red Star.
“By the end of the year, more than 180 units of weapons and military equipment adapted for use in the harsh conditions of the Arctic will go into service with the ground and coastal forces of the fleet,” said the commander.
According to him, tests of new weapons, in particular hypersonic, will also be continued. This will allow in the future “to qualitatively increase the combat potential of the Northern Fleet.”
On May 31, Izvestia wrote that the nuclear submarines of projects 955A Borey and 885M Yasen would enter the service of the Russian Northern Fleet. In 2022, the aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov and the nuclear cruiser Admiral Nakhimov will return to service after repair.
In addition, the main striking forces of the fleet will be armed with Caliber cruise missiles and Zircon with supersonic missiles.
Russia armed even an icebreaker
The capabilities of the Ivan Papanin icebreaker turn it into offensive weapons, said US Navy Commander in Europe and Africa Admiral James Foggo on June 25 during a webinar.
He is confident that the ability to install Kalibr cruise missiles on the Ivan Papanin icebreaker turns it into offensive weapons. He emphasized that icebreakers can carry defensive weapons, but the Kalibr clearly does not belong to this class of weapons.
“Russia is aggressively approaching the Arctic. They recently presented a new icebreaker, Ivan Papanin, which can carry Kalibr cruise missiles. I have already asked this question several times and I will ask again: who puts the rockets on the icebreakers? Some countries put defensive weapons on their icebreakers, but Caliber is not a defensive weapon,” said James Foggo.
The admiral also emphasized that this is not the only “aggressive” initiative of Russia in the Antarctic region. He claims that Russia has begun deploying new bases on which the S-400 air defense systems are located.
Foggo is confident that competition has begun for the sea in the Arctic, which requires the creation of a strong fleet that can protect the interests of the state and ensure the safety of trade routes.
Recall, the lead patrol ship of the ice class of project 23550 Ivan Papanin was launched in October 2019. The delivery of the ship is scheduled for November 25, 2023. The second ship of the same class, Nikolay Zubov, was laid down in November 2019; its delivery is scheduled for November 2024.
Russia’s Fleet is getting stronger
Although the Pacific Fleet is unlikely to become the most powerful ocean force in the near future, work is underway to restore it to a level consistent with its former glory. One of the differences between the former and the current Pacific Fleet is that its surface component will be replenished with an increasing number of frigates, corvettes and small missile ships.
Among the 15 new vessels that will be part of the Pacific Fleet are Project 20385 “Thundering” multipurpose corvette, Project 636.3 Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky diesel-electric submarine, Project 12700 minesweeper Yakov Balyaev, Project 03160 Raptor anti-sabotage boat, sea tugboat “Andrey Stepanov” and two emergency rescue boats of project 23040.
Last November, a series of different tests in the Sea of Japan passed the Russian corvette Loud. This is the seventh ship to be built as part of the new Russian series of ships of the Steregushchiy class, designed specifically for the Pacific Fleet of Russia. The Russian Navy command announced plans to lay a total of 13 corvettes of this class until 2021.
In addition to surface ships, in order to support the Pacific Fleet, powerful vessels will also replenish its underwater component. According to state media, last month the Commander-in-Chief of the Russian Navy, Admiral Nikolai Evmenov, announced that in the near future the Pacific Fleet will receive six diesel-electric submarines of project 636.3.
“In the near term, the Pacific Fleet’s submarine forces will be replenished with a series of six units of Project 636.3 diesel-electric submarines being built at the Admiralty Shipyards in St. Petersburg,” the congratulatory telegram of the Commander-in-Chief of the Russian Navy on the occasion of the 289th anniversary of the Russian Pacific Fleet reads. reports TASS.
Submarines have been modernized and equipped with new life support systems for operations in the Far East. The TASS news agency also announced that it plans to further equip the submarine forces of the Pacific Fleet with 4th-generation nuclear submarines, as well as the development of coastal infrastructure for submarine-based submarines.
“Modernization work will continue on large Project 1155 anti-submarine ships and multipurpose submarines of existing projects,” added Evmenov. “The resource of these ships and submarines has a large modernization reserve, and it will be used.”
In the course of Russia’s military reforms, great successes have already been achieved in the Russian Black Sea and Baltic Fleets, as well as in the Caspian Flotilla. In addition, several submarines and warships were sent to the Northern Fleet.
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