Russian Navy’s new Project 20385 corvette RFS Gremyashchiy (337) has completed a series of tests in the Barents Sea, the service announced.
The corvette has been undergoing tests in the Northern Fleet since November 13, 2019. Currently, it is located in the main base of the Northern Fleet – Severomorsk.
The ship successfully completed the planned testing program in the Northern Fleet’s test sites. In the White Sea, the ship fired “Kalibr” and “Onyx” cruise missiles at shore and sea targets. In the Barents Sea, it fired A-190 and AK-630 artillery systems at mock air targets, and torpedo fire at underwater and surface targets using new naval weapons. The last element of the test was the practice of towing the ship, which the corvette conducted together with the tug SB-523 last week.
The corvette has now begun preparing for the inter-fleet transition. In the near future, it will go to the Baltic Sea.
RFS Gremyashchiy is the lead ship of the Project 20385 Gremyashchiy-class of corvettes being built for the Russian Navy.
Gremyashchiy was laid down on May 26, 2011, and the official laying down ceremony took place on February 1, 2012. The vessel was launched on June 30, 2017, and is expected to be commissioned into the Navy fleet later this year.
Last year, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced that corvette Gremyashchiy will be equipped with the hypersonic 3M22 Zircon anti-ship cruise missiles.
Project 20385 Gremyashchiy-Class Corvette
The Project 20385 Gremyashchiy-class is an advanced development of the Project 20380 Steregushchiy-class corvettes of the Russian Navy. This follow-on project was designed by the Almaz Central Marine Design Bureau in Saint Petersburg and the vessels are being built at the Severnaya Verf shipyard in St. Petersburg.
The vessels have a length of 106.0 m, a beam of 13 m, a draught of 5 m and a displacement of 2,500 tons.
They are equipped with a 100mm А190 multi-purpose naval gun, one 8-cell UKSK Vertical Launching System (VLS), two 8-cell Redut air defense VLS system, two AK-630M 30mm Close-In Weapon Systems (CIWS), two quad 330mm torpedo tubes and two 14.5mm MTPU pintle-mounted Heavy Machine Guns (HMGs). The UKSK VLS can carry 3M-54 Kalibr, P-800 Oniks, RPK-9 Medvedka or 3M22 Zircon cruise missiles.
The multipurpose corvettes will be used to detect and engage enemy submarines and surface ships, support the landing of troops, protect the coastal zone and escort other ships.