MOSCOW, (BM) – A video of launch of Caliber cruise missiles from the head frigate of Project 22350 Admiral Gorshkov as part of the Thunder 2019 exercise has leaked in the web.
What is Caliber cruise missile is?
The 3M-54 Caliber is a group of Russian surface ship-, submarine-launched and airborne anti-ship and coastal anti ship (AShM), land attack cruise missiles (LACM) and anti-submarine missiles developed by the Novator Design Bureau (OKB-8).
Derived export versions are the 3M54E, 3M54E1, 3M14E, 91RE1, 91RTE2. The 3M54T, 3M54K, 3M54A, 3M54E (3M54TE), 3M54KE and 3M54AE have a second stage that performs a supersonic sprint in the terminal approach to the target, reducing the time that target’s defense systems have to react.
The 3M54T1, 3M54K1, 3M54A1, 3M54E1 (3M54T/K/AE1) only travels at subsonic speeds, although its range is accordingly greater than those of the supersonic versions.
The Russian domestic variant (3M54T / 3M54K) and export variants (3M54TE/3M54KE) fly at sub-sonic speeds while achieving supersonic speed as they near their target.
They are also capable of performing very high angled defensive high speed maneuvers in contrast to the common linear flight path of other anti-ship cruise missiles.
What frigate Admiral Gorshkov is?
The Admiral Gorshkov class, Russian designation Project 22350, is the newest class of frigates being built by the Severnaya Verf in Saint Petersburg for the Russian Navy.
The class was designed by the Severnoye Design Bureau and incorporates use of stealth technology. So far, six vessels of the class have been ordered and scheduled for delivery by 2025.
The lead ship of the class, Admiral Gorshkov, was commissioned on 28 July 2018.
The Admiral Gorshkov class is the successor to the Neustrashimyy and Krivak-class frigates. Unlike their Soviet-era predecessors, the new ships are designed for multiple roles. They are to be capable to execute long-range strikes, conduct anti-submarine warfare and to carry out escort missions.
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