Advanced frigate Admiral Gorshkov’s trials underway in Russia

The Admiral Gorshkov frigate

TASS Russian News Agency, 21 April 2017

MOSCOW, April 20. /TASS/. The trials of all the assemblies of Russia’s Project 22350 lead frigate Admiral Gorshkov are proceeding on schedule and are due to be completed in July, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin said on Thursday.

“The works are not being delayed and are proceeding according to plan. Our plan is due to be completed in July this year. Now the trials of all the assemblies are underway, including air defense systems deployed on this ship. These are Poliment-Redut complexes,” the vice-premier said.

The trials of the Admiral Gorshkov are complex as it is necessary to check the work of several dozen advanced systems at a time, including radio-electronics, artillery armament, various shipborne assemblies and air defense systems, the vice-premier said.

“Problems arise as to how to arrange the trials so that the test of one system does not impede the test of another complex,” Rogozin said.

The vice-premier added that the frigate’s trials were proceeding under his personal control on the Russian president’s instruction.

Deputy Prime Minister Rogozin oversees the work of the defense sector in the Russian government. The frigate Admiral of the Fleet of the Soviet Union Gorshkov is the Project 22350 lead warship. The frigate has been designed by the Severnoye Design Bureau. The Project 22350 frigate Admiral Gorshkov was laid down in early 2006 and put afloat in the autumn of 2010. The warship started undergoing trials in November 2014. The final stage of the frigate’s state trials started on March 20, 2017.

Project 22350 warships displace 4,500 tonnes and can develop a speed of 29 knots. They are specifically armed with Oniks and Kalibr cruise missiles and Poliment-Redut antiaircraft missile systems. Overall, the Russian Navy is expected to receive six frigates of this type by 2025.


4 responses to “Advanced frigate Admiral Gorshkov’s trials underway in Russia

  1. It’s interesting to see how the Russian navy is recovering and modernising after the way the old Soviet fleet basically collapsed in the 1990s. I guess every ship this century is going to be ‘Stealth’, one way or another – though I saw a French frigate, visiting NZ, a year or two back and was surprised at how rough the surfaces were. That particular ship also carried its weaponry, boats etc behind doors in the superstructure ‘stealth-angled’ plating, leaving me to wonder what battle damage could do – the weapon might be OK but the door jammed…

    • That certainly is rather a shortcoming of stealth technology if the missiles can’t be deployed! The Russian navy certainly does have some capable ships. They are focusing their efforts on large missile-armed frigates and similarly armed, lighter, faster corvettes. They do however lag far behind their U.S., Chinese and Indian counterparts. They are tending towards re-furbishing many 80’s and 90’s era ships and that is particularly true when it comes to their submarine fleet. Despite appearances, money is tight. But the Russian news media, intelligence and propaganda is first-rate, which has focussed entirely on their newest equipment like the Gorshkov’s and the T-14 Armata tank. Thanks for your comment Matthew.

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