MOSCOW --- The Project 22350 lead frigate Admiral Gorshkov has gone to the White Sea to complete state trials of its weapons and equipment, Northern Fleet spokesman Captain 1st Rank Vadim Serga said late on Monday.
"Apart from the ship’s crew, representatives of industrial enterprises are also on board the frigate to observe the trials. The ship completed its passage from Baltiysk to Severodvinsk on September 30 and temporarily joined the Northern Fleet’s Belomorsk naval base forces. During its passage, the frigate’s navigation systems, communications equipment and radars were checked," Serga said.
The final stages of the state trials will be crucial for the fleet to decide on accepting the ship for operation, Serga added.
The frigate Admiral Gorshkov underwent shipbuilders’ trials in the Baltic Sea where it conducted artillery and missile live firing exercises successfully and practiced fighting submarines in cooperation with the Baltic Fleet’s air arm.
The Project 22350 lead frigate Admiral Gorshkov was laid down in 2006 and put afloat in 2010. The frigate is designed to fight surface warships and submarines in the ocean and at sea and repel air attacks both independently and within a formation.
The Project 22350 frigate is flush-decked and has three-island superstructures, a tower mast and a steel tube. The ship has a lower radar signature, which makes it virtually invisible for the enemy’s radars.
The Project 22350 frigate has a displacement of 4,550 tons and a length of 135 meters. The capacity of its diesel-gas-turbine power plant is 65,000 hp. The ship is armed with the new A-192 130mm artillery gun and anti-ship, antisubmarine and air defense missile systems. The ship is capable of carrying the Kamov Ka-27 (NATO reporting name: Helix) helicopter or its version.