Russian corvette Soobrazitelny conducts anti submarine warfare exercise in Baltic Sea

According to information published by Tass on September 20, 2022, the Soobrazitelny corvette of the Baltic fleet held an exercise with Ka-27PL antisubmarine helicopters to search for and destroy a hostile submarine in the Baltic Sea.
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Russian Vyborg Shipyard laid the Purga ice class coastguard ship of project 23550 925 001 Russian Steregushchiy class corvette Soobrazitelny (Picture source: Russian MoD)

Together with Ka-27PL helicopters, the corvette searched for the submarine with radars and sonars and engaged antisubmarine weapons.

The corvette also trained destroying floating mines, setting up radio disturbances, and artillery fire at sea and air targets, as well as nuclear, biological and chemical protection and survivability.

The Steregushchiy class, Russian designation Project 20380, is a class of corvettes being built for the Russian Navy. Designed by the Almaz Central Marine Design Bureau, subsequent vessels were built to an improved design (Project 20381), incorporating the Zaslon-Redut SAM system.

The Steregushchiy-class corvettes have a steel hull and composite material superstructure, with a bulbous bow and nine watertight subdivisions. They have a combined bridge and command centre, and space and weight provision for eight SS-N-25 missiles.

The Kashtan CIWS on the first ship was replaced in subsequent vessels by twelve Redut VLS cells containing 9M96E medium-range SAMs of the S-400 system. SS-N-27 (Kalibr type missiles) will be fitted to a larger domestic version, Project 20385. For anti-submarine warfare, the ships are equipped with two 4-tube launchers of the Paket-NK ASW system.

The corvettes have a displacement of 2,200 t, a length of 104.5 m, a width of 13 m, a speed of 27 knots, a range of 3,800 nautical miles, and a crew of 90 servicemen.

The export version known as Project 20382 Tigr carries either eight supersonic SS-N-26 (P-800 Oniks) anti-ship missiles or sixteen subsonic SS-N-25 'Switchblade' (Kh-35E Uran).

It also carries two twin-tube launchers for 533 mm heavy torpedoes instead of Paket-NK on the domestic version. The A-190E 100 mm gun first used in the Talwar-class frigates is controlled by a 5P-10E system that can track four targets simultaneously. Protection from air attacks is provided by the Kashtan CIWS and eight mounts for the SA-N-10 'Grouse' (9K38 Igla) SAM.