17 Juni 2009

New Russian Frigate Completes Sea Trials

17 Juni 2009

Yaroslav Mudry frigates (photo : RIA Novosti)

ST. PETERSBURG: Russia's newest frigate, the Yaroslav Mudry, has completed sea trials and the official testing procedure will be over in a few days, a spokesman for the Yantar shipyard said on Tuesday.

The frigate has a displacement of 4,250 tons and a maximum speed of 30 knots. It is armed with anti-ship missiles, air defense systems, a 100-mm artillery mount, depth charges, and a Ka-27 helicopter.

Yaroslav Mudry is a 4,250 tonnes frigates (photo : Defence Talk)

Construction has taken almost 19 years due to lack of financing. Further delays occurred in early May, when a Ka-27 Helix helicopter crashed into the Baltic Sea during the Yaroslav Mudry's sea trials.

The crash occurred after the helicopter's blades grazed the frigate. The Baltic Fleet commander earlier said the Yaroslav Mudry could join the international anti-piracy mission in the Gulf of Aden after entering service with the Baltic Fleet.

(Defence Talk)

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