Frigate Admiral Gorshkov
The frigate is the lead ship of the 22350 project, as stated on the Russian Defense Ministry's website - joining the Russian Navy in 2018 (Picture: Lilyana Vynogradova/Alamy Stock Photo).
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Russia deploys one of its most modern frigates equipped with Zircon hypersonic missiles

Frigate Admiral Gorshkov
The frigate is the lead ship of the 22350 project, as stated on the Russian Defense Ministry's website - joining the Russian Navy in 2018 (Picture: Lilyana Vynogradova/Alamy Stock Photo).

Russia has deployed one of its most modern frigates, the Admiral of the Fleet of the Soviet Union Gorshkov.

The frigate is embarking on a long-distance naval mission across both the Atlantic and Indian oceans, as well as the Mediterranean.

But what is the ship and what purpose does it serve?

It is capable of carrying a crew of between 180 and 210, has a helipad and hangar for helicopters, and has a displacement of 4,550 tonnes.

The length of the ship is 135m, and it can reach speeds of 29+ knots, has a range of 4,500 nautical miles and can last 30 days at sea.

Designed to resolve challenges in faraway oceans, the multi-purpose ship comes equipped with Zircon hypersonic missiles.

Watch: Russian troops armed with Zircon hypersonic missile.

The missiles are capable of inflicting extremely accurate and powerful strikes against targets at sea and on land.

They can also overcome advanced air defence and missile defence systems, with flight speeds of more than Mach 5, five times the speed of sound – although some reports claim they can reach Mach 9 – and have a range of more than 1,000km.

Russia tested the Zircon system in late 2021, firing from the Admiral Gorshkov in the White Sea and hitting a naval target more than 400kms (250 miles) away, according to reports at the time.

The ship departed for its recent deployment from an unnamed Russian port, with Russian President Vladimir Putin boasting about the ship's deployed hypersonic missiles.

The Russian president said that the ship was carrying Zircon hypersonic missiles, that, he said, are harder to detect and intercept.

"I am sure that such powerful weapons will reliably protect Russia from potential external threats and will help ensure the national interests of our country," he told Russian news agency TASS.

The frigate is the lead ship of the 22350 project, as stated on the Russian Defense Ministry's website – and joined the Russian navy in 2018.