“Moskva” fires P-1000 Vulkan Missile in the Black Sea for the first time

The Russian Navy Slava Class cruiser Moskva during the Kavkaz 2012 exercise in the Caspian Sea. (Photo ITAR-TASS/ Vadim Savitsky)
The Russian Navy Slava Class cruiser Moskva during the Kavkaz 2012 exercise in the Caspian Sea. (Photo ITAR-TASS/ Vadim Savitsky)

Slava-class cruiser “Moskva” of Russia’s Black Sea Fleet successfully conducted firings of the P-1000 Vulkan anti-ship cruise missile in the Black Sea, the Fleet’s press service reported on Apr 30. This is the first time a cruiser fired P-1000 Vulkan anti-ship cruise missile in the Black Sea.

The missile hit its target successfully which was located 30 km away from the Moskva during the firing exercise.

The materiel of the cruiser “Moskva” is in good condition and the crew is healthy. “The flagship is ready to carry out the assigned tasks,” said Vice-Admiral Igor Osipov, the commander of the Black Sea Fleet.

More than 20 warships and support vessels ensured the safety of the firing area during the practice. The firing practise was conducted as a part of a fleet exercise.

Russian cruiser Moskva

Moskva is the lead ship of the Project 1164 Slava class of guided missile cruisers in the Russian Navy. She has started her life as Slava. Slava was laid down in 1976 in Shipyard 445 of the 61 Kommunara Shipbuilding Plant in Nikolayev, was launched in 1979, and commissioned on 30 January 1983. She was decommissioned in 1990. Slava returned to Nikolayev in December 1990 for a refit that lasted until April 2000. Recommissioned as Moskva in April 2000, she replaced the Kynda-class cruiser Admiral Golovko as the flagship of the Black Sea Fleet.

General characteristics
Displacement:12,490 tons
Length:186.4 m (611.5 ft)
Beam:20.8 m (68.2 ft)
Draught:8.4 m (27.6 ft)
Propulsion:4 COGOG gas turbines, 2 shafts 121,000 shp (90,000 kW)
Speed:32 knots (59 km/h; 37 mph)
Range:10,000 nmi (19,000 km; 12,000 mi) at 16 knots (30 km/h; 18 mph)
Sensors and
processing systems:
Voskhod MR-800 (Top Pair) 3D search radar
Fregat MR-710 (Top Steer) 3D search radar
Palm Frond navigation radar
Pop group SA-N-4 fire control radar
Top Dome SA-N-6 fire control radar
Bass Tilt AK-360 CIWS System fire control radar
Bull horn MF hull-mounted sonar
Electronic warfare
& decoys:
Rum Tub and Side Globe EW antennas
2 × PK-2 DL (140mm chaff / flare)
Armament:16 × P-500 Bazalt or P-1000 Vulkan anti-ship missiles
8 × 8 (64) S-300F Fort (SA-N-6 Grumble) long-range surface-to-air missiles
2 × 20 (40) OSA-MA (SA-N-4 Gecko) SR SAM
1 × twin AK-130 130mm/L70 dual purpose guns
6 × AK-630 close-in weapons systems
2 × RBU-6000 anti-submarine mortars
10 × (2 quin) 533mm torpedo tubes
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P-500 Bazalt / P-1000 Vulkan (NATO reporting name: SS-N-12 ‘Sandbox’)

The P-500 Bazalt (Russian: П-500 «Базальт») is a turbojet-powered, supersonic cruise missile used by the Soviet and Russian navies. Its modern version being the P-1000 Vulkan AShM SLCM.

Mass4,800 kg (10,600 lb)
Length11.7 meters
Diameter0.88 meters
WarheadHigh explosive or nuclear
Warhead weight1,000 kg (2,205 lb) (P-500)
Blast yield350 kt
Wingspan2.6 meters
550 km (300 nmi) (P-500)
Flight altitude50–5,000 meters
Maximum speedMach 2.5
Semi-active radar homing, terminal active radar homing
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P 500 Bazalt

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