The Project 22350 Frigate Admiral Kasatonov running final trials

The Project 22350 first serial-produced frigate Admiral Kasatonov (Gorshkov-class) armed with Kalibr cruise missiles has entered the final stage of shipbuilders’ trials, the Severnaya Shipyard reported on August 23, 2019.

Gorshkov class frigate Admiral Kasatonov from Project 22350 running final trials 925 001 Admiral Kasatonov frigate (Picture source: TASS)

The Admiral Kasatonov is a new generation frigate belonging to Project 22350, Admiral Gorshkov-class. The vessel was professed to be the "Master of the Sea" by Russian military leaders. The Admiral Kasatonov was laid on November 26, 2009, and floated on December 12, 2014. Currently, Kasatonov is in the process of testing in the Baltic Sea which will be handed over to the Russian navy in late 2019. The factory and acceptance trials will last until December. Navy Commander-in-Chief Nikolai Yevmenov will decide on accepting the warship to the Northern fleet.

"We are sailing to the sea for a long time to prepare the warship to the maximum for further service. I am sure that together with the staff of Severnaya Verf we shall fulfil numerous trial tasks. The shipyard built a modern warship of the 21st century. It is an honor to serve on the latest warship with advanced technologies," Commander and Captain First Rank Ivan Rogatin said.

Frigates of project 22350 are designated to fight submarines and warships in oceans and seas and to repel air attacks both independently and within formations. The hull of the frigates is flush-decked. It has a three-island superstructure, one mast-turret and one steel funnel. Stealth technologies were used in the construction to make the warship practically invisible for the radars of the potential adversary. The displacement is close to 4450 tons, the length is 135 meters. Diesel gas-turbine power plant has a capacity of 65000 horsepower. The warship is armed with a new 130mm artillery gun A-192, anti-ship, anti-submarine and anti-aircraft missiles, including Kalibr and Poliment-Redut. It can carry a Ka-27 helicopter or its modifications.