Russian shipbuilders will upgrade the Pacific Fleet’s Project 1155 large anti-submarine warfare ship Admiral Vinogradov to a frigate by 2025 to boost its strike capabilities with Kalibr-NK cruise missiles, following the example of the same-type warship Marshal Shaposhnikov, Russia’s TASS agency shared today.
“The repairs and upgrade of the large anti-submarine warfare ship Admiral Vinogradov are expected to begin in 2021 and the warship will rejoin the Fleet in 2024-2025,” the source of TASS said.
The course towards upgrading Project 1155 large anti-submarine warfare ships to guided missile frigates will be continued. Apart from the Marshal Shaposhnikov and Admiral Vinogradov, five more same-type warships are currently operational in the Russian Pacific Fleet, the source added.
There is no official confirmation of this information yet.
It was earlier reported that the upgraded guided-missile frigate Marshal Shaposhnikov would rejoin the Russian Pacific Fleet by the end of 2021 after passing trials.
As the Pacific Fleet’s press office informed, Marshal Shaposhnikov test-fired an Uran anti-ship cruise missile for the first time during trials in late December 2020. There have been no reports yet on the launches of other missiles the frigate has received as a result of its upgrade.
During the upgrade, the Project 1155 large anti-submarine warfare ship Marshal Shaposhnikov was converted into a multi-purpose frigate capable of fighting ground, naval and underwater targets.
The frigate received the latest Kalibr-NK and Uran strike missile systems and the most advanced artillery armament. Its firepower increased several-fold compared to its original designation. The warship currently carries two versatile shipborne launchers for 16 Kalibr-NK and Oniks cruise missiles and eventually for Tsirkon hypersonic weapons.