Admiral Makarov, hull number 799, is the third of six Admiral Grigorovich-class frigates.

The remaining three frigates are expected to be delivered to the Russian Navy between 2022 and 2026. Currently Admiral Makarov is serving in the Black Sea Fleet. Admiral Makarov was laid down at the Yantar Shipyard of Kaliningrad, Russia on February 29th, 2012. She was launched on September 2nd, 2015 and formally commissioned for service on December 27th, 2017.

Admiral Makarov, representing the new generation of frigates of Project 11356. The frigates of this project are designed to destroy enemy surface warships, submarines and ground bases, conducting patrols to protect sea routes. Project 11356’s frigates are a further development of the Talwar class, a missile frigate project that Russia built and exported to India since 1999.

Admiral Makarov is greatly appreciated, a modern frigate armed with powerful missiles. The Russian warship has a standard displacement of 3,620 tons and more than 4,000 tons under full load. Other parameters include a length of 124.8m (409.45 ft), a beam of 15.2m (49.87 ft) and a draft of 4.2m (13.78 ft).

Admiral Makarov 799
Admiral Makarov 799

The crew comprises of 200 people, the ship can operate continuously at sea for one month before requesting supplies. The topside and hull have a significantly reduced radar cross-section, while the superstructure faces are sloped and relatively clean. The main mast of the ship is quite messy and without any signature reduction features, this is where the main radars are located. The hull is characterized by flames and the tumblehome facing outwards, while the superstructure has a large fixed tumblehome angle.

The heart of the frigate is a combined gas and gas propulsion system driving 2 shaft, incorporating two DS-71 cruise gas turbines and two DT-59 boost gas turbines coming from Ukraine. The propulsion system generates a maximum capacity of 56,000 horsepower. The propulsion system ensures a maximum speed of 30 knots and cruising range of 4,850 nauticalmile at 14 knots.

Admiral Makarov’s main radar is the Fregat M2M air search radar, the surface search radar are 3Ts-25 Garasta-B, MR-212 and Nucleus-2 6000A. In addition, she is also equipped with a hull-mounted sonar, SNN-137 towed active array sonar.

The weapon systems are controlled by JSC 5P-10 Puma, 3R14N-11356 and MR-90 Orekh SAM fire control systems. Countermeasures are provided by ASOR-11356 Electronic Counter Measures system and PK-10 close-range decoy dispensing system, which includes four KT-216-E decoy dispenser.

The main task of the frigate is air defense, escorting other warships and anti-submarine warfare, Admiral Grigorovich is equipped with extremely modern weapons systems. The anti-ship weapon is an 8-cell vertical launch system for the Kalibr or Zircon anti-ship cruise missiles which have a range of up to 600 km.

In terms of air-to-air weapons, the ship is equipped with three 12-cell vertical launch system for Shtil-1 air defense missiles. A total of 36 missiles are available to use, the missiles are capable of destroying up to 12 targets at a time within 50km and altitude up to 15,000m.

In addition, the ship is also equipped with an Igla anti-aircraft missile complex with 8 missiles. For close-range defense, the ship is capable of defending with two AK-630 Close-In Weapon Systems. The ship also features a powerful A-190 Arsenal naval gun, the fastest firing speed in the world with 80 rounds per minute, effective combat range is 20km.

Against submarines, the ship uses two twin 533 mm torpedo tubes for heavyweight torpedoes. Also there is a single 12-barrel RBU-6000 anti-submarine rocket launcher in front of the bridge, reload rockets are stored below the deck. The ship also has a flight deck and hangar for Ka-27 or Ka-31 helicopters. In general, this is a missile frigate equipped with weapons to the teeth.


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