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Russian cutting-edge corvette test-fires cruise missiles in White Sea trials

The corvette fired the missiles against a simulated enemy’s surface ships

MOSCOW, December 9. /TASS/. The latest corvette Gremyashchiy test-fired cruise missiles during trials at a Northern Fleet practice range in the White Sea, the Fleet’s press office reported on Monday.

During the trials, "Kalibr and Oniks cruise missiles were test-fired," the press office said in a statement.

The corvette fired the missiles against a simulated enemy’s surface ships. The crews of warships and vessels of the Belomorsk naval base acted jointly with aviation of the Northern Fleet’s Air Force and Air Defense Army to provide support for the missile launches, the statement says.

The Gremyashchiy is the Project 20385 lead corvette laid down at the Severnaya Shipyard on February 1, 2012 and floated out in June 2017. The corvettes of this Project developed by the Almaz Central Marine Design Bureau are designated to detect and destroy enemy submarines and surface ships, provide for troop landing and cope with numerous green-water tasks. The corvette entered a new stage of trials on December 6.

Project 20385 corvettes displace 2,200 tonnes, have an operating range of 3,500 miles and their sea endurance is 15 days. They are armed with Kalibr-NK universal missile systems, Redut anti-aircraft missile complexes and Paket anti-submarine warfare technology.

The corvette was named after the Northern Fleet’s legendary destroyer Gremyashchiy that fought during the Soviet Union’s 1941-1945 Great Patriotic War against Nazi Germany. For its successful operations at sea during the war, the destroyer was awarded the Guards title while its commander, 1st Rank Captain Anton Gurin was bestowed with the Hero of the Soviet Union title.