Russian frigate of project 22350m is similar to US cruiser and surpasses destroyer | IA Red Spring:
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The newest frigate of the 22350m project surpasses the American destroyer in terms of combat potential and is more like a cruiser, said the deputy president of the Russian Academy of Missile and Artillery Sciences (RARAN), doctor of military sciences Konstantin Sivkov, on January 12 the Military-Industrial Courier reports.
The expert said that the technical design of the newest frigate 22350m series is a deep modernization of project 22350, detailed information about which is classified, but some information has nevertheless been made public.
Sivkov recalled that the frigate of the basic project 22350 carries the most powerful weapons available to the Russian fleet, while the displacement of the new project is almost twice as high. And this, in turn, determines the amount of weapons carried.
The number of launch cells for missile weapons can reach 120, the expert said. Project 22350m multi-purpose ship will be able to solve the tasks of destroying enemy ships and destroying ground targets.
The deputy president of the Russian Academy of Missile and Artillery Sciences (RARAN) suggested that the frigate would most likely be armed with the Poliment-Redut air defense system, the Broadsword anti-aircraft missile and artillery system and the Medvedka-2 anti-ship missile system Zircon or Onyx missiles, as well as Caliber missiles for striking ground targets.
Sivkov also admitted that a deck hangar with one or two Ka-27 helicopters would be placed on board the frigate.
Comparing the 22350m project with the US destroyer Orly Burke with a displacement of 8,500 tons, the expert concluded that our frigate surpasses the US destroyer in combat characteristics. Comparing the newest Russian frigate with the Ticonderoga cruiser with a displacement of about 9,600 tons, the expert emphasized that the American cruiser only slightly exceeds the frigate in terms of the number of launcher cells - 122 versus 120.
“It can be stated: frigate pr. 22350m in its combat potential in terms of quantity of weapons is similar to the American cruiser and surpasses the destroyer ,” concluded Sivkov.
Recall, on January 9, Russian President Vladimir Putin at a meeting on the development of the Russian military fleet, announced the need to achieve a 70 percent level of providing the fleet with the latest weapons. This, according to the president, "will strengthen the status of our country as one of the leading maritime powers . "
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