Admiral Gorshkov Frigate test-fires Oniks Cruise Missile

Oniks Cruise Missile
Oniks Cruise Missile

Russian Northern Fleet’s Admiral Gorshkov (F 454) successfully fired a P-800 Oniks (SS-N-26 Strobile) from the Barents Sea today (March 25), Russian MoD announced.

The missile firing took place in the morning in the Barents Sea. The target, located on the South Island of the Novaya Zemlya archipelago, was successfully hit by the Onyx cruise missile at a distance of over 300 kilometers from the launch point

The icebreaker “Ilya Muromets”, the logistics support vessel “Elbrus” and the sea tug MB-110 of the Northern Fleet ensured the safety of the firing area. The firing took place at the Barents Sea combat training area, closed to civilian shipping and aviation.

Admiral Gorshkov frigate:

The Admiral Gorshkov is the Project 22350 lead frigate. Warships of this class displace 4,500 tonnes and can develop a speed of up to 29 knots. They are armed with Oniks and Kalibr missile launchers and also with Poliment-Redut surface-to-air missile systems.

Project 22350 frigates are multi-purpose combat ships capable of effectively fighting enemy surface ships, aircraft, and submarines and delivering strikes against ground and coastal installations to a range of over 1,500 km.

In 2020, the Admiral Gorshkov frigate performed several firing tests of new Zircon (Tsirkon) hypersonic missiles.

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Oniks Crusie Missile

In September 2019, Russia’s Research and Production Association of Machine-Building announced that it has developed a shipborne version of the Oniks cruise missile, dubbed Oniks-M, with the 800km range capability and the increased accuracy of striking naval and ground targets.

According to the Russian Defense Media, the upgraded missile, like the baseline Oniks version, is capable of carrying both conventional and nuclear warheads. The Oniks-M has its maximum speed and also its weight and dimensions similar to the baseline version.

According to the producer’s data, the export version of the Oniks missile (the Yakhont) has the 300km range capability. The missile can develop a speed of Mach 2.5 at a high altitude and its conventional warhead weighs 250 kg.

The work on the P-800 anti-ship system with the Oniks missile started in 1982. The missile complex went into operation in 2002. Russia mounts these missile systems on its surface ships and submarines. For example, the Project 885 lead multipurpose submarine Severodvinsk carries these missiles.

The Oniks has been used as the basis to develop the Russian-Indian BrahMos cruise missile.

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