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As part of a two-way test tactical exercise of the diverse forces of the Northern Fleet, which started on Monday in the Barents Sea, the ship groups repulsed a massive air attack and hit eight cruise missiles of the mock enemy.

The teaching took place in several stages. At the first stage, the task was to escort high-speed air targets heading for the ship’s strike group, which included the Pyotr Veliky heavy nuclear missile cruiser and the Marshal Ustinov missile cruiser. Air targets were designated by a pair of Su-24 front-line bombers of the Air Force and Air Defense Combine of the Northern Fleet.

At the next stage, the combat crews of the missile and artillery warheads of the missile cruisers had to hit the cruise missiles heading for the ship group. This is one of the most difficult practical episodes of combat training for surface ships’ crews in terms of organizing the air defense of a ship group using combat artillery and anti-aircraft weapons against actual targets. The latter were simulators of air targets – small-sized solid-propellant rockets “Saman”.

The small missile ship “Rassvet” and the small anti-submarine ship “Yunga” of the Kola flotilla of diverse forces fired these missiles at the naval strike group. In total, eight target missiles were launched in the direction of the group, which were successfully hit by the AK-130 and AK-630 artillery systems and the Kinzhal and Osa-MA anti-aircraft missile systems of the missile cruisers.

The naval search and strike group consisting of the small anti-submarine ships Brest and Snezhnogorsk also performed practical firing at air targets. The crews of anti-submarine ships fired anti-aircraft missile systems “Osa-MA”, as well as artillery mounts AK-176 and AK-630 at an air target – a luminous aerial bomb delivered by an Il-38 anti-submarine aircraft. This combat exercise was also completed successfully.

In the near future, the forces of the Northern Fleet, participating in the exercise to protect the Arctic borders of the Russian Federation from threats from sea areas, will carry out a number of test measures for anti-submarine defense.

Currently, more than 20 warships and submarines, about 10 aircraft and helicopters are involved in the bilateral test tactical exercise of the diverse forces of the Northern Fleet, which is being held under the general leadership of Deputy Commander of the Northern Fleet Vice Admiral Oleg Golubev.

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