BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:00 P.M.) – Russian heavy nuclear-powered missile cruiser Pyotr Veliky took part in Russian Northern fleet drills in the Barents Sea, footage released on Thursday shows.
The vessel’s crew practised with anti-ship missile-torpedo RPK-6 Vodopad, shooting targets over and under the water.
According to Russian Defence Ministry, the battlecruiser simulated an attack against an unnamed nuclear-powered submarine.
The Kirov-class heavy missile cruiser is the flagship of the Russian Navy’s Northern Fleet, and was originally named the ‘Yuri Andropov’. The length of the vessel is 252 meters, width 28.5 meters and draft 9.1 meters while the full displacement is 28,000 tonnes.
The cruiser is armed with a Kashtan close-in weapon system (CIWS) alongside long-range anti-ship missiles (P-700 Granit/SS-N-19 Shipwreck), surface-to-air missiles (3K95 Kinzhal/SA-N-9, S-300PMU Favorit/SA-N-6 Grumble and SA-N-4 Gecko/9K33M OSA-M), and rocket launchers (RBU-1000/Smerch-3 305 mm ASW) as well as several other armaments.
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