DAMASCUS, SYRIA (11:20 A.M.) – The Russian Navy is sending the Admiral Grigorovich-class frigate to Syria’s territorial waters, Russia-based RIA Novosti reported on Thursday.
The Admiral Grigorovich is reportedly scheduled to join the Admiral Kuznetsov fleet that is already making its way to Syria’s territorial waters.
According to Military-Today, the Admiral Grigorovich is comprised of six ships that are armed with air defense missiles.
“The function of Admiral Grigorovich class frigates are air defense, escorting of other warships and anti-submarine warfare. Some measures were taken to reduce the radar cross section of these new Russian warships. Though these frigates are not true stealthy vessels in any way. Also the Admiral Grigorovich class warships are not as powerful as many contemporary general-purpose frigates,” Military-Today’s report stated.
Perhaps the Admiral Grigorovich’s most impressive capability is its long-range cruise missiles that can engage a target as far as 600 km away.
“Most distinguishable weapon of these Russian frigates is an 8-cell Vertical Launch System (VLS) for Kalibr (SS-N-27 Sizzler) supersonic cruise missiles. These missiles can engage ships and land targets. The same VLS can also fire Oniks (SS-N-26 Strobile) anti-ship cruise missiles, that have a range of up to 600 km,” Military-Today added.