The Russian Navy will receive the missile cruiser “Admiral Chabanenko” of project 1155.1, the only representative of this class
Izvestia quoted experts as saying that, thanks to the new weapons systems, Admiral Chabanenko is comparable in strength to cruisers. Accordingly, the Russian Defense Ministry has approved a plan to modernize Admiral Chabanenko of the Northern Fleet. In 2014, Chabanenko was sent for repair at a shipyard in the Murmansk region. The repairs were expanded in August 2017 into a more thorough overhaul and refit of the ship.
In many respects, the Chabanenko modernization project is identical to the project to modernize the destroyer Marshal Shaposhnikov. In addition to the Kalibr and Kh-35 cruise missiles, Chabanenko will carry the latest Zircons hypersonic missile. With the ability to destroy submarines at a range of tens of kilometers, Chabanenko becomes one of the most versatile warships in the entire Russian Navy: It can effectively engage sea, coastal, air and underwater targets.
After the modernization, according to the plan, the Russian Navy will reclassify Chabanenko from a large anti-submarine ship to a frigate. But in reality, this is a cruiser with a huge arsenal. In addition, Chabanenko’s displacement is not small, with 7,900 tons, compared to the flagship of the Black Sea Fleet, the missile cruiser Moskva, which is 11,500 tons.
The history of Admiral Chabanenko began almost half a century ago. Project development work began in the 1970s. The ship was ordered to be built in 1989. After that, 10 ships of project 1155.1 were planned to be built. However, after the collapse of the Soviet Union, all other representatives of the series were scrapped, and the lead ship was left unfinished for many years. Finally, in 1999, Admiral Chabanenko was handed over to the Russian Navy and served actively until 2014, ensuring maritime safety in the Horn of Africa and the Gulf of Aden, where piracy was at its height at the time.
The design is also known as the Udaloy II class. The ship includes updated weapon systems like the SS-N-22 anti-ship missile and the “Zvezda” M-2 series sonar system. She is named after Admiral Andrei Chabanenko, commander of the Northern Fleet between 1952 and 1962.