Baltic training blitz: Naro-Fominsk fires Kalibr at ‘NATO assets’

The newest Small Missile Carrier [SMC], Naro-Fominsk, from the Russian Baltic Fleet, armed with Kalibr and Onyx cruise missiles, has successfully completed artillery fire on a maritime target using a 100mm gun mount. The target for this operation was a small ship’s shield. objective control data confirmed the success of the shooting. 

Baltic training blitz: Naro-Fominsk fires Kalibr at 'NATO assets'
Photo credit: Russian MoD

Furthermore, the missile ship’s crew engaged in a planned simulation of a missile assault. The exercise involved successful hits on targets that imitated enemy military equipment, clusters of manpower, missile launchers, airfields, transport hubs, protected facilities, and enemy command centers.

In addition to their training, the crew also practiced radiation, chemical, and biological protection strategies. They tested their combat survivability, and underwater anti-sabotage protection of the ship, and performed various tasks involving air defense systems.

Anti-submarine operations

Recently, a large-scale drill was conducted in the Baltic Sea involving the crew of the patrol ship Neustrashimy, along with the corvettes Soobrazitelny, Boykiy, and Stoikiy. Additionally, the Navy’s Ka-27 anti-submarine helicopters were also active participants. The drill replicated the discovery, tracking, and eventual “destruction” of a hypothetical enemy submarine. 

In this scenario-based exercise, the opponent was a submarine, camouflaged near a naval group of the Baltic Fleet. Its mission? To obliterate the fleet’s group of ships. A Varshavyanka-class diesel-electric submarine played the role of the enemy. 

Russia 'stirs up' the Baltic - activates infantry and warships
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The sea sector was swarmed with the Navy’s anti-submarine vehicles and helicopters to tackle this imagined “intruder”. Beneath the surface, the helicopter crews utilized advanced hydroacoustic detection techniques to pinpoint the enemy’s location. Once they acquired its coordinates, they relayed the information to the Baltic Fleet’s corvettes. 

Upon successful deployment of torpedo weaponry, the operation was deemed successful, as the ships managed to neutralize the fictional “enemy” submarine. The multifunctional corvettes named “Boikiy”, “Stoikiy”, and “Soobrazitelny”, which saw action during the operation, are products of the Almaz Central Marine Design Bureau under project 20380.

Shooting at “enemy aircraft”

These ships arrive equipped with a wide range of weapon systems, including but not limited to, automatic artillery setups, supersonic projectiles, anti-aircraft missiles and artillery arrangements, and adaptive artillery units. Additionally, they are designed to carry a Ka-27 anti-submarine helicopter. 

There have been instances where these corvettes have demonstrated their prowess in combat scenarios during Baltic drills. One such instance involved the Boiky, Stoiky, and Soobrazitelny corvettes unleashing A-190 and AK-630 artillery gunfire toward mock enemy air targets. Meanwhile, the Neustrashimy frigate successfully deployed a Kinzhal surface-to-air missile system. These exercises were carried out against special illumination projectiles and simulated aerial threats. 

According to the communications center of the Baltic Fleet, the combat groups of the radio-technical, missile, and artillery divisions of these warships have significantly improved their coordination skills. This enhanced interoperability allows them to locate, identify, and track targets using radio-technical equipment, which has proven to be crucial for their successful elimination during maneuvers.

One Ka-52 helicopter deflected 18 MANPADS by jamming all warheads
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Performing underwater missions

As part of their ongoing combat readiness training, the Dmitrov and Mozhaisk submarines, belonging to the Baltic Fleet, have been deployed to sea ranges. Their primary objective is to undertake a series of drills and successfully complete their second L-2 mission course. The training program encompasses essential elements such as sea voyage preparedness, ammunition loading, security organization, and defense coordination while moored. This execution takes place at a quay wall. After successfully finishing these tasks, they then proceed to the maritime combat range in the Baltic Sea. 

As critical components of this coursework, the submariners manage to refresh their command algorithms. They practice controlling the submarine during both emergency and regular ascents and descents, along with becoming familiar with missile and torpedo weaponry operations. This training is considered a stepping stone before they align with the other naval assets of the Baltic Fleet, such as ships and aviation units, for integrated sea task operations shortly. 

Baltic training blitz: Naro-Fominsk fires Kalibr at 'NATO assets'
Photo credit: Russian MoD

These course tasks are a fundamental part of the submariner’s training curriculum. They confirm their readiness to accomplish assigned missions and are a prerequisite for every submarine training program.


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