Russian Navy Slava-class Cruiser Marshal Utsinov Completes First Trials After Modernization
The Marshal Ustinov missile cruiser of the Northern fleet returned to Severodvinsk after the first test sortie following maintenance and upgrade, spokesman of the Zvezdochka Shipyard Yevgeny Gladyshev told TASS.
Recent picture of Marshal Ustinov coming back from its first set of sea trials at the Zvyozdochka Shipyard in Severodvinsk in north Russia."The cruiser sailed exactly a month and tested all systems of the warship. It covered over 4 thousand nautical miles. Besides the crew, there were close to 200 experts of the acceptance team from Zvezdochka and subcontractors onboard,"
Gladyshev said all exposed drawbacks will be eliminated in two-three weeks and in the end of December the Marshal Ustinov will sail out for the home port of call in Severodvinsk where the main base of the fleet is located.
The maintenance and upgrade of the cruiser began in 2011. In particular, the gas-turbine generators and the main engines, hull systems and the main cable were repaired. The basic radio-electronic warfare complexes have been upgraded.
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A starboard bow view of the Slava Class Russian guided missile cruiser Marshal Ustinov underway. File Picture: US Navy
Navy Recognition's comment:
According to various sources, the Marshal Ustinov is being fitted with an advanced missile system, probably, the Kalibr (SS-N-27 Sizzler) or Oniks (SS-N-26 Strobile). The upgrade will provide the cruiser with the Podberyozovik three-dimensional long-range target acquisition radar and Fregat-M2M sea-skimming target acquisition radar. There have been statements that the ship will not receive advanced air defense missile systems.
The Project 1164 Atlant-class cruisers are designed for dealing with enemy surface combatants and providing combat stability of Russian task forces in remote corners of the ocean. The development of the class began in the later 1970s. Four cruisers were built, of which three are in the Russian Navy’s inventory. The cruisers in the class displace a total of 11,500 tons and measure 186 m in length. They have a full speed of 32 knots, a range of 7,500 nm at 18 knots, a 130-mm AK-130 gun, antiship and air defense missile systems, 30-mm AK-630M antiaircraft guns and torpedoes. They can carry a Kamov Ka-27 (Helix) helicopter or derivatives thereof.