Russia’s third Project 11356 frigate Admiral Makarov has completed official sea trials, but the timeframe for handing over the warship to the navy is yet to be decided.
"The main official trials program for the frigate Admiral Makarov has been completed. The timeframe for handing over the ship to the Navy will be determined by agreement with customer, the Russian Ministry of Defense," Baltic Yantar Shipyard spokesman Sergey Mikhailov told TASS.
In an interview with the shipyard’s newspaper Vpered! (Go Ahead!), Sergei Illarionov, head of the armament and military equipment bureau at Yantar’s Office, noted that "the main objectives of the final part of the official trials were to complete work with the Shtil SAM system, address the state commission’s comments on the main power plant and to carry out repeat testing of the surface search radar".
Despite the fact that "weather conditions made adjustments to the time of testing, the fleet introduction team and the ship’s crew showed a good result," successfully firing the Shtil system," Illarionov stressed.
The Admiral Makarov was laid down at the Yantar Shipyard on February 29, 2012, and floated out on September 2, 2015. The warships of this class have a displacement of about 4,000 tons, a speed of 30 knots and sea endurance of 30 days. These frigates are armed with Kalibr-NK cruise missiles, the Shtil-1 self-defense missile system, the A-190 100mm artillery gun, antiaircraft artillery, a rocket launcher, torpedoes and can also carry a Kamov Ka-27 or Ka-31 deck-based helicopter.