MURMANSK, April 19. /TASS/. The Kola Flotilla all-arms strike force group of the Russian Northern Fleet, which include the Snezhnogorsk, the Brest and the Yunga small anti-submarine ships participated in drills and practiced detecting and eliminating a simulated enemy’s submarine in the Barents Sea, the fleet’s press service reported on Friday.
"The crew of the multipurpose nuclear attack submarine Obninsk were pitted in competition against the ships," the press service said. According to the drill plan, the submarine had to stealthily overcome the anti-submarine's defense lines. The surface vessels needed to detect and liquidate the underwater enemy.
The anti-submarine drills in the Barents Sea were staged for a few days. The crews of the small anti-submarine ships practiced tactics to search for submarines with the help of Ka-27PL anti-submarine helicopters.
In the final stage of the exercises, the crews staged a simulated attack on the submarine and launched practice torpedoes. The Northern Fleet’s command said that the maneuvers were stages successfully. The underwater simulated enemy was eliminated.
The Project 1124M small anti-submarine ships are designed to track down and destroy submarines in brown and blue water zones. They can also be used for fighting surface ships and laying minefields. They are armed with AK-176M and AK-630M artillery weapon systems and anti-submarine weapons such as RBU-6000 anti-submarine rocket launchers and 533-mm torpedo launchers. They also carry hydro-acoustic and radio-electronic weapons.