The frigate Soviet Union Fleet Admiral Gorshkov has conducted another series of trials of its air technical equipment at the Russian Northern Fleet's combat training ranges in the Barents Sea.
Ship-based helicopters' landing on the frigate's deck was practiced together with the crews of Kamov Ka-27 helicopters from the Northern Fleet's airbase, the fleet's spokesman Captain 1st Rank Vadim Serga told Interfax on March 5.
"The tests of the ship's air technical equipment will continue in the near future. There are plans to practice a set of tasks for detecting and escorting aerial targets over a long distance and at various altitudes with the help of the frigate's onboard radio-technical and radar equipment in cooperation with [Sukhoi] Su-24 airplanes from a separate combined aviation regiment of the Northern Fleet's 45th Air Force and Air Defense Army," he said.
Last autumn, the frigate Soviet Union Fleet Admiral Gorshkov, the flagship of Project 22350, arrived at the Northern Fleet for the final stages of state-commissioned trials of its technical equipment and weapons. The ship has already completed some of the missile weapons tests in the White Sea. Tests of the ship's different onboard systems and mechanisms continue in the Barents Sea.
Project 22350 frigates are typical aft flight deck ships with a solid superstructure made of composite construction materials (polyvinyl chloride and carbon fibers) with radar-absorbing capabilities. The physical fields of the frigate are minimized. The innovative architecture of the superstructure and the use of composite construction materials ('stealth') help decrease the ship's effective area of dispersal, at the same time reducing its radar and optical signatures.
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