The Krivak class, also known as Project 1135, were a series of frigates and guard ships built in the Soviet Union primarily for the Soviet Navy since 1970.

The modern Russian Navy currently operates a significant number of warships from the cold war era. As for the Krivak-class frigates, forty were built and operated in the navies of countries such as India, North Korea and Ukraine, but their numbers have been greatly reduced. Two ships still operating in the Black Sea fleet are Ladny and Pytlivyy.

A little bit about the Krivak class, also known as Project 1135, were a series of frigates and guard ships built in the Soviet Union primarily for the Soviet Navy since 1970. Ladny, launched on May 7, 1980, and officially commissioned on March 25, 1982. After the collapse of the Soviet Union in December 1991 the frigate became a part of the Russian Navy, and now is active with the Black Sea Fleet.

Ladny 801
Ladny 801

Ladny is classified as a guided missile frigate. She has a full load displacement of 3,420 tons, a length of 123.5 m, a beam of 14.1 m, and a draft of 4.6 m. The superstructure is home to a bevy of antenna, communications, and sensor units critical to the function of the ship. A complex lattice-style mast is set atop the aft section of the superstructure with a busy network of systems installations. The smoke funnels are of a low-profile design and seated near midships while a pair of inline turrets are positioned aft of this as the hull lines step down towards the stern.

The ship’s main armament is 4 × SS-N-14 Anti-Ship Missiles at the forecastle. 2 x SA-N-4 “Gecko” Surface-to-Air Missile systems are carried to combat low-flying aerial threats to the ship. For extreme close-in work there are 2 x 76.2mm AK-726 twin-gunned turret emplacements fitted aft of midships. The warship is also equipped with 4 x 21″ anti-submarine torpedo launchers and can dispense up to sixteen naval mines, the latter useful in denying strategic waterways.

It can be seen that, despite being born during the Cold War, Ladny can still be considered a strong surface fighter due to her modern missile equipment and onboard systems.

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