Russian frigate Admiral Gorshkov has fired a Kalibr cruise missile at a target over a reported distance of 700km (435 miles) in the Barents Sea, the Russian Northern Fleet press office reported on this week.
The class is the successor of the Krivak class but unlike their Soviet-era predecessors the new ships are designed to perform multiple roles. The ships are to be able to execute long-range strikes, conduct anti-submarine warfare and to carry out escort missions.
The Barents Sea is north of Norway and Russia and is located within the Arctic Circle.
“The combat exercise was performed at one of the Northern Fleet’s combat training ranges in the Barents Sea. The missile was launched towards the Chizha range in the Arkhangelsk Region. The target, against which the fire was conducted, stayed a distance of over 700 kilometres,” the press office said in a release reported by ITARTASS.
Also, during the exercise, the frigate’s crew held anti-submarine warfare and air defense drills along with some ship damage control exercises say the Russian Navy. Over the entire period of state trials, the warship reportedly performed 16 firing exercises.
The Admiral Gorshkov was commissioned on July the 28th, 2018.