The Russian Navy’s Project 21631 or Buyan-class small missile corvette, named Grad, has performed live-firing tests to validate the capabilities of its weapon systems.
The recent trials were carried out in the Baltic Sea region.
The lead ship of its class, Grad, is equipped with two cruise missiles, including Caliber and Onyx.
The tests saw the small missile ship intercept a target at sea using its guided-missile weapon Gibka and A-190 naval artillery system.
It was executed by the ship’s crew members in collaboration with the representatives of the factory delivery team and state admission commission.
The navy informed that the target, which was a ship’s shield, was shot down successfully during the trials.
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Other tests conducted by the team include systems and components tests of the vessel, manoeuvrable and high-speed tests, navigation system test and radio equipment test.
The objective of performing all the trials was to assess and validate the performance and capabilities of the ship and its onboard systems.
The teams also checked whether the ship met the tactical and technical characteristics that were specified under the approved project.
According to press service of the Western Military District, the country’s naval flag was raised on the ship after the successful completion of the trials.
This marks the vessel’s entry into service with the navy’s Baltic Fleet.
The multi-purpose small missile ships of Project 21631 are equipped with latest weapon systems, missiles, anti-sabotage, anti-aircraft and radio weapon systems.
It is also installed with water-jet propulsion system that allows the ships to perform wide variety of shallow water combat missions.