Russian frigate Marshal Shaposhnikov test-fires Kalibr cruise missile at the Sea of Japan

Marshal Shaposhnikov

The Marshal Shaposhnikov frigate has test-fired the Kalibr cruise missile from the Sea of Japan that hit a shore target, the Russian Defense Ministry said on Tuesday.

“Today, the Pacific Fleet’s Marshal Shaposhnikov frigate in the Sea of Japan for the first time launched the Kalibr cruise missile on a surface target. As scheduled the missile arrived at the firing range in the area of Cape Surkum where it struck a shore target. The distance of the firing on the target exceeded 1,000 km,” the ministry stated.

The firing was ensured by vessels of the Pacific Fleet as well as aircraft and helicopters of maritime aviation, which closed a dangerous area for navigation as well as the airspace.

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Marshal Shaposhnikov rearmed with Kalibr-NK cruise missiles during its upgrade deployed to the Sea of Japan for the second stage of shipbuilders’ sea trials on October 2020.

Project 1155M Marshal Shaposhnikov:

The Project 1155M large anti-submarine warfare ship ‘Marshal Shaposhnikov’ was laid down in 1983. During the modernization, it was qualified as a frigate. The upgrade has resulted in the integration of new artillery, Uran anti-ship missiles, and Kalibr cruise missiles.

The Project 1155M is powered by a Combined gas turbine and gas turbine (COGAG) propulsion system including two 36,000 hp GTA (13500 hp, 22500 hp M-8KF), 2 fixed pitch propellers, four 1250 kW turbine-type generators, and one 200 kW ADGR-200/1500 diesel-generator. The ship can reach a top speed of 35 kn (65 km/h; 40 mph) with a cruising range of 10,500 nmi (19,400 km; 12,100 mi) at 14 kn (26 km/h; 16 mph). She has a crew of 300 sailors.

The Project 1155M is armed with two AK-130 130 mm naval guns, eight SS-N-22 ‘Sunburn’ anti-ship missiles, 64 VLS (Vertical Launching Systems) cells for SA-N-9 ‘Gauntlet’ surface-to-air missiles, two Kashtan CIWS (Close-In Weapon Systems), eight 553 mm torpedo tubes for SS-N-16 ‘Stallion’ anti-submarine missiles and two RBU-12000 anti-submarine rocket launchers.