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Russian Navy Testing Advanced Stealthy Frigate

Sputnik News

20:13 21.11.2015(updated 20:19 21.11.2015)

Russia is continuing tests of an advanced frigate totally invisible to radar. A series of warships of this class are expected to be built for the Russian Navy, assistant Navy commander-in-chief Andrei Surov said.

The frigate 'Admiral Gorshkov' which is currently undergoing tests may become the flagship in the Navy because of a number of its unique engineering features.

According to Surov, the vessel was designed to be invisible to enemy radio-radar systems.

'The frigate we are now testing – the Admiral Gorshkov – is a ground-breaking one, with a number of cutting-edge technologies. The vessel is a flagship which has no match among its predecessors. She has something from corvettes, including stealth technologies and its overall design,' Surov told Echo of Moscow radio.

Vessels of this type are protected – first of all – against radio-radar and optical systems.

'Most protruding parts and antennas of the ship are covered. The frigate also features a radio-absorbing design,' Surov added.

According to him, the Russian Navy is expected to receive a series of vessels of this class.

The Admiral Gorshkov was laid down in early-2006 and launched in autumn 2010. The first tests were held in November 2014. The frigate has a displacement of 4,500 tons and can reach speeds of 29 knots. It is armed with 16 Oniks or Kalibr missiles as well as the Poliment-Redut anti-aircraft missile system.


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