MOSCOW, December 15. /TASS/. The Russian Pacific Fleet’s Marshal Shaposhnikov frigate has launched an Otvet advanced anti-submarine missile, which successfully hit an underwater target, the Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement on Wednesday.
"The Pacific Fleet’s Marshal Shaposhnikov frigate in the Sea of Japan fired an Otvet advanced anti-submarine missile at an underwater target. The missile’s warhead successfully hit the target," the statement reads.
"Anti-submarine missiles are launched by universal launchers that make it possible to use the Oniks and Kalibr cruise missiles," the ministry added.
In November 2020, a defense industry source announced the completion of the state trials of Russia’s new Otvet anti-submarine complex, which was expected to be brought into service in December 2020 or January 2021. According to open sources, the complex consists of a guided anti-submarine missile fired from the ZS-14 universal launchers. After reaching the designated area, the Otvet missile releases a self-guided anti-submarine torpedo on a parachute, which continues to search for enemy submarines using its sonar station. The maximum range of the missile designed for warships is 40 kilometers.