Russian Navy Admiral Kasatonov frigate conducts test-launch of anti-submarine missile Kalibr

The Russian Navy Northern Fleet’s Project 22350 Admiral Gorshkov-class frigate Admiral Kasatonov has launched an antisubmarine Kalibr (SS-N-27 Sizzler) missile at a range in the Barents Sea, the Russian Defense Ministry’s press office said.
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Russian Vyborg Shipyard laid the Purga ice class coastguard ship of project 23550 925 001Launch of the Kalibr missile by the Northern Fleet frigate Admiral Kasatonov during combat trials in the White Sea. (Picture source Twitter account Russian Exercises)

“The launch was performed as part of qualification serial trials and was successful. The test was supported by a Northern Fleet nuclear-powered submarine that tracked the torpedo underwater after its release,” the press office said.

“An Ilyushin Il-38 [NATO reporting name: May], a Kamov Ka-27 [Helix] helicopter and a torpedo recovery boat of the Kola Flotilla took part in the tests as well,” the press office added.

During the missile launch, the frigate’s combat crews demonstrated their capability to operate military hardware, high professionalism, and maritime skills.

The Admiral Kasatonov frigate was built by the Severnaya Verf Shipyard in St. Petersburg in northwest Russia. It was laid down in 2010 and launched in 2014. In late 2018, the frigate started to undergo shipbuilders sea trials in the areas of responsibility of the Baltic and Northern Fleets.

During the trials, the frigate performed three launches with the Kalibr (SS-N-27 Sizzler) missile system, one air defense missile launch, 14 artillery live-firing sessions, and two live-firing sessions with antisubmarine warfare weapons.

On July 21, 2020, the St. Andrew’s flag was hoisted onboard the frigate. The ship is operational with the Northern Fleet’s division of missile ships, which is the biggest surface force of the Russian Navy.

Admiral Flota Kasatonov (Russian: Адмирал флота Касатонов) is an Admiral Gorshkov class frigate of the Russian Navy and the second ship of the class. She is designed for multiple roles. They are to be capable to execute long-range strikes, conduct anti-submarine warfare and to carry out escort missions. 

The SS-N-27 “Sizzler” (3M54) is a Russian short-range ship-, and submarine-launched anti-ship missile. The Sizzler is part of the Kalibr family of missiles. The missile is equipped with a three-stage solid-propellant turbojet engine and is 8.22 m long, 0.534 m in diameter, and has a launch weight of 1,930 kg. The minimum range of the missile is 20 km with an estimated maximum range is 300 km.

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