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FEBRUARY 2023

Why Is NATO Alarmed By A Single Russian Frigate?

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Why Is NATO Alarmed By A Single Russian Frigate?

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Equipped with up to 16 3M22 “Zircon” missiles, the Russian Navy’s “Admiral Gorshkov” frigate is capable of wiping out an entire super-carrier strike group from a distance of 1000-1500 km.

Written by Drago Bosnic, independent geopolitical and military analyst

Thalassocratic dominance is of prime significance for the North Atlantic Alliance, as its most powerful members are basing their power on naval supremacy. This is particularly true for the United States and the United Kingdom, both of which formed their empires by controlling key global sea routes. Maintaining this status, preferably expanding it or at least preventing other powers from acquiring it is the primary goal of the political West, especially in regard to (Eur)Asian giants such as Russia and China. Although Moscow and Beijing are traditionally seen as land powers, their naval might should not be taken for granted, as both superpowers are investing significant resources in developing and building new advanced vessels.

The Russian Navy, although smaller in comparison to the Soviet era, is still one of the world’s largest and most powerful. Moscow operates the world’s second most potent nuclear submarine fleet with the capability of wiping out virtually any adversary, including the US. In the aftermath of the USSR’s dismantlement, Russia reduced its reliance on large surface combatants and focused on building smaller vessels with relatively comparable long-range capabilities. This was made possible primarily due to massive advances in missile propulsion technologies, an area in which Moscow retains a significant advantage over its geopolitical rivals, nearly all of whom rely on naval power projection.

Realizing that large surface ships have been made effectively obsolete by the deployment of advanced anti-ship missiles, both supersonic and hypersonic, the Russian Navy made a decision to build smaller vessels that would have the capability to deploy the aforementioned advanced missiles and thus jeopardize much larger hostile capital ships such as aircraft carriers. These are especially relied on by NATO, primarily the US, which operates approximately a dozen carrier groups across the globe. The US Navy has the world’s largest fleet of nuclear-powered aircraft carriers (or more precisely, super-carriers), which are, as previously mentioned, essential for maintaining the political West’s global power projection.

Why Is NATO Alarmed By A Single Russian Frigate?

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Given NATO’s typical chest-thumping when it comes to its naval arm, it’s quite unusual that the belligerent alliance is alarmed by Russia’s recent deployment of a single frigate to the Atlantic. On January 4, an official ceremony was held before the Russian Navy’s “Admiral Gorshkov” frigate was sent from the Severomorsk port to the high seas. This is the surface combatant’s second long-distance voyage since it entered service in mid-2018. However, this deployment marks the first time in history that a ship is carrying officially operational hypersonic weapons. Equipped with up to 16 3M22 “Zircon” missiles, the Russian frigate is capable of wiping out an entire super-carrier strike group from a distance of 1000-1500 km.

“Admiral Gorshkov” is now reportedly sailing to join the Russian Navy’s operational group deployed in the Mediterranean, where it’s set to assume the role of a command vessel. According to various reports, after conducting the planned activities in the area, including docking in friendly ports such as Russia’s Tartus naval base in Syria, the frigate will proceed to the Red Sea and then into the Indian Ocean. With a displacement of 5,400 tons, the Project 22350 frigates (as per Russian naval nomenclature) are the first larger post-Soviet surface combatants designed and built for the Russian Navy, which currently operates two more vessels of this class, “Admiral Kasatonov” and “Admiral Golovko”.

The ships carry a plethora of multipurpose weapons, including the now legendary “Kalibr” cruise missiles, specifically the NK variant with a range of up to 4,500 km. However, the deployment of the 3M22 “Zircon” hypersonic cruise missile is what caused panic in NATO, as the scramjet-powered weapon is effectively in a league of its own, since no other navy in the world operates such missiles. “Zircon” has been fully operational at least since late 2022 and is set to be deployed on both surface ships and submarines. Numerous sea trials conducted by the Russian Navy in recent years have shown the weapon can reach a speed of Mach 9 (approximately 11,000 km/h or 3.1 km/s), although some claim it can go even faster. Various sources indicate that “Zircon” has a range of up to 2000 km, depending on the target.

To put its speed into perspective, when compared with the US-made “Tomahawk” subsonic cruise missile, “Zircon” is over twelve times faster, giving it a kinetic energy approximately 250 times greater than that of the American weapon. Reportedly, while “Admiral Gorshkov” deploys 16 “Zircon” missiles, newer ships of its class have been upgraded to carry 32. In addition, the Russian frigate is also armed with “Kalibr” cruise missiles, “Otvet” anti-submarine rockets, “Oniks” supersonic missiles, “Poliment-Redut” SAM (surface-to-air missile) system with 32 mid-range or 128 short-range missiles, “Paket-NK” torpedo system, 130 mm AK-192M “Armat” cannon and two “Palash” CIWS (close-in weapon system). The frigate also carries a single Ka-27PL ASW (anti-submarine warfare) helicopter.

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Russia needs to modernize the area force is to create rapid shelling that cannot be shot down.

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Ramschel

Shoot in on Warsaw at first. Dumb polaks deserve it.

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Nazi trash

Washington and Wall Street are way better targets

Ivan Freely

London, England.

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Jack

i heard NATO will now disband out of fear of the russian frigate :)

Wizzy

Carrier killers

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kotromanic

I do not think they should send a single ship alone. Nato will just feel challenged to try something stupid and get away with it. Sending ships alone on missions seems very risky.

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Leviathan

Yes, does not make sense. Maybe submarines as well at least, just not announced, and joins up with some ships already in the Indian Ocean.

Irishgerry

Aircraft carriers are becoming obsolete if you can destroy one from a 1,000 km away. Just one big pile of junk

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Jack

that’s a big IF :)

Wizzy

What will stop Gorshkov? Literally nothing.

kymsheba

not a IF but a CERTAINTY there is NO DEFENSE AGAINST HYPERSONIC MISSILES those aircraft carriers will be at the bottom of the sea before they even see that missile, all those GAY NAZI USA sailors feeding the sharks. =Z=

Franco

Love You Zircon Love You lancet Love You Calibr

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Florian Geyer

The UK Royal Navy has a cunning plan to defeat the naughty Russian ship that ticks all the Royal Navy’s Climate Change Green boxes as well.

The cunning plan is to send HMS Victory into action again. HMS Victory is powered by wind and sail only and it is therefore very stealthy sailing ship indeed.

An LGBT crew has been in training since 2001. UK MOD are ‘very proud’ of this warship as its sail power negates any engine issues that have been so embarrassing in the last 20 years!

UK MOD’s press release stated that :- ” We are working hard to ensure the 5th Generation expertise of the Royal Navy ” !

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Leonidas

That was amusing

Neo

The British know that bears run away at the sight of rainbow colors, so they hoist their pride flags up high on each mast. Powerful indeed.

Chris Gr

I don’t see anything funny here.

Zefplok

They don’t fear the missiles , they fear all the rest … electronic warfare and all the shit. How many data cables under the sea ?

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KaySee

The link “alarmed by Russia’s recent deployment of a single frigate to the Atlantic” does not contain any alarm by NATO but merely a report that HMS Portland “joined the Norwegian Coast Guard vessel Bergen, as the Russian ships transited south through the Norwegian Sea” and includes a note that “Escorting warships in UK territorial waters and the adjacent sea areas is routine activity for the Royal Navy.

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everyRussianWomanEnduresPainalForAfew$

Is it a steamship, like the only russian aircraft carrier? LMAO

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kymsheba

As in WW2 when the battleship became obsolete to the aircraft carrier and world powers did not recognize this until well into WW2 now the aircraft carriers are obsolete overnight by the HYPERSONIC MISSILE of which their is no defense against. Soon those NAZI USA aircraft carriers will be new reefs for the fishes along with plenty of food for the sharks consisting of NAZI USA SAILORS yum yum for the sharks lol. LONG LIVE RUSSIA =Z=

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Emrisrex

Just the things to stop the globalist elites new world order,

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Tommy Jensen

Nothing strength by quantity cant resolve……………………LOL.

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