The Northern Fleet will receive a full-time carrier of hypersonic weapons by the end of the year

The carrier of hypersonic weapons, the frigate “Admiral Golovko” will enter the Sevflot in 2022. The frigate “Admiral Golovko” will become the first full-time carrier of sea-based hypersonic weapons. This is the third ship of project 22350, the Admiral Gorshkov and Admiral Kasatonov are already serving in the Northern Fleet

Frigate “Admiral Golovko”

Frigate “Admiral Golovko” will enter the Northern Fleet by the end of the year, Commander Admiral Alexander Moiseev told reporters, TASS reports. According to Moiseev, the ship will become the first regular carrier of sea-based hypersonic weapons.

«Admiral Golovko»— the third in a row and the second serial frigate of project 22350. The other two, “Admiral Gorshkov” (head frigate) and “Admiral Kasatonov” (the first serial), are already serving in the Northern Fleet, they are equipped with 16 universal launchers compatible with cruise missiles such as “Caliber”, “Onyx” and «Zircon». “Admiral Gorshkov” participated in the testing of hypersonic anti-ship missiles “Zirkon”. The test cycle has been completed, Moiseev said, the readiness of “both the carrier itself and the new weapon” has been confirmed, Interfax reports.

“Admiral Golovko” named after Arseny Golovko, who commanded the Northern Fleet in 1940-1946. Plant «Severnaya Verf» laid down the ship in 2012. The ship was launched in May 2020. In 2021, a TASS source said that the frigate would become the first full-time carrier of the Zircon hypersonic missiles.

In February of this year, the Ministry of Defense reported that the crew of the Admiral Golovko is undergoing training at the Joint Training Center of the Navy in St. Petersburg.

The Ministry of Defense signed contracts for the construction of new 22350 frigates in the summer of 2020. In addition to the three already named ships, five more frigates of this project were being built by that time.

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