The crew of the Russian Pacific Fleet have tested two supersonic cruise missiles during training exercise in the Okhotsk Sea water zone, the defense ministry said Monday.
According to the ministry, the nuclear submarine cruiser Tomsk fired a supersonic naval anti-ship missile Granit from “a submerged location” and Varyag guided-missile cruiser launched Bazalt supersonic anti-ship missile, successfully hitting the assigned target.
“The shooting was conducted in jamming environment including EW warfare,” the ministry said. “To ensure the safety and control over the shooting results, more than 15 warships and auxiliary vessels were involved, as well as the Pacific Fleet Air Force aircraft,” it added.
The P-700 Granit is a heavy supersonic naval missile with a range of 300 miles (550km). It can be fired from submarines or conventional ships, as well as surface-to-surface combat.
The P-500 Bazalt has a 550 km range and a payload of 1,000 kg, which allows it to carry a 350 kt nuclear or a 950 kg semi-armor-piercing high-explosive warhead. The P-500 Bazalt uses active radar homing for terminal guidance, and can receive mid-course correction from the Tupolev Tu-95RTs Bear D, the Kamov Ka-25K Hormone B and the Kamov Ka-31.
The third Borey class nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine, Vladimir Monomakh, will join the Russian Navy Pacific Fleet by this year-end. The Vladimir Monomakh Borey class nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine (Project 955) will complete the voyage to the Pacific Fleet before the yearend, Commander-in-Chief of the Russian Navy Admiral Vladimir Korolev told TASS on Saturday
A series of six conventional submarines will be built for the Pacific Fleet, the Russian Navy official said Saturday. "In the perspective the Navy is making attempts and, evidently, they should find a confirmation in construction of another six submarines (project 636), which would go to the Pacific Fleet," Chief of the Russian Navys shipbuilding management department Captain 1st Rank Vladimir Tryapichnikov said, TASS reported quoting the Russian News Service radio station
The Russian Pacific Fleet will be receiving new warships in 2014, the fleets commanders said. “Rather large-scale deliveries of new equipment, new warships to the Pacific Fleet will start in 2014,” Rear Admiral Sergei Avakyants said
Russian defense ministry plans to deploy a military communications satellite from the Baikonur space center with the launch of Proton-M heavy carrier rocket on December 25 this year. "We have scheduled the next launch of a Proton carrier rocket for December 25 from the Baikonur space center
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