The newest Russian frigate “Admiral of the fleet Kasatonov” tests anti-submarine complex “Paket”

The newest Russian frigate “Admiral of the fleet Kasatonov” tests anti-submarine complex “Paket”

On June 2, 2020, in the Baltic Sea, the “Admiral Kasatonov” crew tested the frigate’s torpedoes shield managing an anti-torpedo device, the small-sized anti-submarine complex “Paket.”

“Admiral Kasatonov” is the second Russian frigate of project 22350. The lead ship of this project, the “Admiral Gorshkov,” one of the most modern vessels of the Russian Navy, was integrated into the Northern fleet in July 2018.

The ships of this project are built using the “stealth” technology; they are designed to conduct combat operations in the far ocean zone against surface ships and submarines, and to repel air attack both autonomously and as part of a combined force.

The two frigates are armed with a 130-mm A-192 artillery system, a “Redut” anti-aircraft missile system, and launchers for 16 “Onyx” or “Kalibr-NK” anti-ship missiles. The “Paket-NK” complex is an anti-submarine weapon. The frigates carry a Ka-27 anti-submarine helicopter on board.

Anti-submarine complex “Paket” is intended to destroy submarines and torpedoes in the vessel’s proximity. The complex comprises a control system, a dedicated sonar targeting station, launchers, and small-sized torpedoes in thermal anti-submarine and anti-torpedo options.

The system works either independently or as part of the ship’s anti-submarine defense and anti-torpedo defense circuit. It offers automatic or automated target acquisition shadowing the ship’s sonar systems, as well as the detection, classification, and determination of attacking torpedoes’ movement parameters.

George Costa

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