Thursday, September 23, 2021

Russian Navy weapon test ended in failure after cruise missile failed

A Russian Navy upgraded frigate Marshal Shaposhnikov tried and failed to launch a test Kalibr-NK cruise missile during trials.

The Marshal Shaposhnikov, Russia’s upgraded project 1155M frigate, tried to launch a test version of the Kalibr cruise missile, but almost immediately after launch, the missile went into uncontrolled flight and crashed close to the ship itself.

As a result of the incident, the ship itself and its crew were not injured.

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The frigate Marshal Shaposhnikov underwent repairs and an upgrade at the Dalzavod Ship Repair Center in Vladivostok in the Russian Far East. During its upgrade, the Project 1155 large anti-submarine warfare ship Marshal Shaposhnikov was converted into a multi-purpose frigate capable of fighting ground, naval and underwater targets.

Russian media reported that the frigate received the latest Kalibr-NK and Uran strike missile systems and the most advanced artillery armament. Its firepower increased several-fold compared to the original designation. The warship currently carries two versatile shipborne launchers for 16 Kalibr-NK and Oniks cruise missiles and eventually for Tsirkon hypersonic weapons.

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