MOSCOW, (BM) – The newest Russian frigate Admiral Kasatonov, often from the northern fleet of the Russian Federation, has fired and tested a new anti-submarine missile in the waters of the Barents Sea, learned BulgarianMilitary.com referring to information from the Russian news agency RIA Novosti.
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So far, the press service of the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation does not provide information about the type and model of the missile, but only concludes that the test was successful and was conducted as part of a series of qualified tests of the Russian fleet in the area. Military analysts suggest that the Russian anti-aircraft missile is a completely new development of the military-military complex, as the launch, movement of the missile and the hitting of the target were strictly monitored by a Russian nuclear submarine, an IL-38 reconnaissance patrol aircraft, a Ka-helicopter. 27 and a Russian torpedo boat.
A press release issued by Russia’s Defense Ministry also said that the crew of the Russian frigate Admiral Kasatonov had shown professionalism, confidence in the task and a good knowledge of military techniques needed to perform the test.
Particularly interesting is the opinion on the test of the anti-submarine missile of the Russian expert and director of the Museum of the Air Force Yuri Knutov. In his commentary, he did not talk about the new anti-missile missile at all, but with general talk specified the strength of the Russian air defense and the possibility of the new S-500 Prometheus anti-aircraft missile system to bring down American satellites in low orbit. This completely out of place comment speaks only about the secret situation in which the missile was apparently developed and subsequently tested, as so far there is no specific information about its name or functionality. Of course, the Russian anti-submarine missile may be known to the military community, and the attempt at “mystery” by the Russian authorities may be a kind of misinformation.
Two weeks ago a Russian submarine failed to launch new cruise missiles
The Russian defense ministry informed that on October 17 that the nuclear submarine “cruiser” Orel carried out actual missile shooting as part of the exercise. Despite the announced modernization of the on-board weapons system of this type of submarines, the Russians fired the old P-700 Granit anti-ship missiles again from under the water, and not the new Kalibr, Onyx and Zircon.
The missile shooting carried out on October 13, 2020 in the Barents Sea was theoretically no different from other exercises of this type. They were made by the nuclear submarine Orel [project 949A], which is part of the Northern Fleet. The shooting was carried out submerged and the target was a large surface object located in the Barents Sea, 120 km from the launch site.
In the communiqué of the Russian Ministry of Defence, it was additionally explained that the entire area of the designated training ground was secured by the ships of the Kolska Flotilla, while the effectiveness of the missile attack was checked by the Il-38 anti-submarine aircraft belonging to the independent regiment of the Northern Fleet. According to the data collected by this aircraft, the fleet command concluded that “the crew of the nuclear submarine” Orel successfully coped with the task, showing high professionalism and naval skills.
The only problem for observers is the weapons used during the shooting. According to the Russian MoD communiqué, the P-700 “Granit” rocket was launched towards the target, i.e. a system considered obsolete, which was created in the 1980s. Meanwhile, according to earlier declarations by the Russian command, the Antey ships were to be modernized and prepared to use newer weapon systems.
Units designated as project 949AM of the Antey type [Oscar II class – ed.] were to be armed with 72 new missiles of the Kalibr, Onyx and Zircon systems. However, this would mean a deep modernization of the “Granit” system launchers so that each of them could be loaded with three containers with new missiles and then fired separately. As it turns out, no such changes have been introduced on any of the Antey-type submarines [Oscar II class – ed.] that have been released from the shipyard in the last five years after renovation and modernization, and they are still units, at best, with the same combat capabilities as when launched. In the case of Orel it was May 22, 1992.
This unit later underwent refurbishment that began in early 2014 and was completed in April 2017. As it turned out, however, it did not include the weapons system. A similar situation was in the case of the project 949A Omsk. He also stayed at the Zvezda shipyard in recent years [from 2015 to 2019] and was transferred to the Pacific Fleet in June 2019. In this case, however, the renovation ended and the ship still has only Granit missiles in its service.
NATO forces organized ‘a hunt’ of a nuclear Russian submarine in the Barents Sea
NATO ships made an attempt to “take the pincers” of the Russian submarine in the waters of the Barents Sea, according to the Nation-news resource on September 12. Several ships from the USA, Great Britain and Sweden, supported by a Danish aircraft, attempted to block the movement of a Russian submarine in the Barents Sea. It is also reported that a silent American submarine Seawolf may be in the provocation zone. It is noted that the Russian submarine, which was “hunted” by NATO forces, is equipped with nuclear warheads and means of delivering them with Poseidon torpedoes. The American submarine, in turn, has Harpoon torpedoes and Tomahawk cruise missiles in its arsenal.
A similar incident is also reported in May 2020 in waters belonging to the Northern Sea Route. And also about the flight of a group of NATO bombers over the waters of the East Siberian Sea. Such actions are assessed by the National Center for Defense Management of the Russian Federation as provocative.
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