Source: Russia completed state tests of the Otvet anti-submarine missile system
It can be adopted by the Navy in December 2020 - January 2021
MOSCOW, November 4. / TASS /. The new Russian shipborne anti-submarine missile system "Answer" has passed state tests, it is planned to be adopted by the Russian Navy in December 2020 - January 2021. A source in the military-industrial complex told TASS about it.
"The state tests of the newest anti-submarine anti-submarine complex" Answer "have been successfully completed. They have been carried out since 2019 from the board of the first serial frigate of project 22350" Admiral Kasatonov, "the agency's source said.
The source noted that now "the preparation of technical documentation is underway and in December 2020 - January 2021," Answer "will be adopted." "The Ministry of Defense has already begun serial purchases of the complex for the needs of the Navy," he said.
The interlocutor of the agency added that the majority of surface ships of the fleet, including the missile cruiser Admiral Nakhimov, will be equipped with "Answer".
TASS has no official confirmation of the information provided by the source.
As reported in September last year by the Deputy Minister of Defense of the Russian Federation Alexei Krivoruchko, the "Answer" complex was already undergoing state tests at that time, the company - the developer of the complex - the Concern "MPO" Gidpropribor "- was conducting its pilot production.
According to open sources, the "Answer" consists of an anti-submarine guided missile, which is fired from universal launchers 3C-14 (also used for cruise anti-ship missiles "Caliber", "Onyx" and "Zircon"). At the head of the "Answer" rocket is a small-sized homing anti-submarine torpedo. Having reached the target area, the rocket drops a torpedo into the water by parachute, which then continues to independently search for the enemy submarine, using its sonar station. The maximum firing range of the missile complex in the version for surface ships is 40 km.
On October 28, the press service of the Northern Fleet announced that the frigate Admiral Kasatonov had fired an anti-submarine missile at the training grounds of the fleet in the Barents Sea. One of the nuclear submarines watched the movement of the torpedo that had separated from the rocket in the water. It was noted that the shooting was carried out as part of the qualification serial tests of the product and was recognized as successful. The press service did not specify what kind of missile complex they were talking about.