The crews of the Black Sea Fleet frigates “Admiral Makarov” and “Admiral Essen” conducted preparatory and test artillery fire on coastal targets in the area of the Opuk combat training ground in the Crimea. During the first stage of firing, the crews of the ships’ artillery combat units worked out the algorithm of actions when performing a combat training exercise. At the second stage of the training, the gunners performed preparatory firing from A-190 artillery system at coastal targets.
As part of the test artillery firing, the personnel successfully hit both visible coastal targets and invisible ones — according to navigation data using an auxiliary aiming point. Shooting at coastal targets was carried out in accordance with the action plan for combat training of the Black Sea Fleet for the 2020 training year. Earlier, the crews worked out an emergency preparation of frigates for combat and a campaign with a further exit from the base point to the specified areas in the Black sea.
The Burevestnik A190, also referred to AK-190 and A-190, is a lightweight shipboard 100mm single-barrel, multi-purpose, automatic naval gun designed to engage surface ships, airborne and coastal targets. The gun system can be installed on frigates, patrol and missile boats with a displacement above 500 tons and features two ammunition feed systems one on each side.It can fire High Explosive (HE) projectiles with impact fuze and Anti-Aircraft (AA) projectiles with time fuze. An automatic command and control system enables a fast response (2-to-5 seconds) to incoming threats as well as makes possible practice without activating the 100mm gun.
Admiral Makarov and Admiral Essen are frigates of the Admiral Grigorovich class of the Russian Navy to be based with the Black Sea Fleet at Sevastopol and built by the Yantar Shipyard in Kaliningrad for the Russian Navy and Indian Navy. Based on the Talwar class, six ships were ordered for the Russian Black Sea Fleet under two contracts in 2010 and 2011 as a complement to the Admiral Gorshkov class frigates. The Black Sea Fleet’s frigates Admiral Grigorovich class armed with Kalibr-NK missile cruise systems. The warships will augment the Russian Navy’s task force in the Black Sea.