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Russian cruiser Moskva successfully fired Vulkan missile for first time


According to information published by Sputnik on April 30, 2021, the Moskva cruiser of project 1164 of the Black Sea fleet fired Vulkan anti-ship missile, the Defense Ministry said. The cruiser held a set of drills with Black Sea fleet warships and trained air defense with naval airplanes and helicopters.
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“It fired at a sea shield imitating a hostile warship. The missile hit the target at a distance of 30 kilometers,” it said.

The area of the missile fire was closed for navigation. Over 20 warships and vessels sealed it off.

Moskva is the lead ship of the Project 1164 Atlant class of guided missile cruisers in the Russian Navy.

The Project 1164 Atlant-class cruisers are designed for dealing with enemy surface combatants and providing combat stability of Russian task forces in remote corners of the ocean. The development of the class began in the later 1970s. Four cruisers were built, of which three are in the Russian Navy’s inventory. The cruisers in the class displace a total of 11,500 tons and measure 186 m in length. They have a full speed of 32 knots, a range of 7,500 nm at 18 knots, a 130-mm AK-130 gun, anti-ship, and air defense missile systems, 30-mm AK-630M antiaircraft guns, and torpedoes. They can carry a Kamov Ka-27 (Helix) helicopter or derivatives thereof.

The P-1000 Vulkan missile system is a comprehensive anti-ship weapon with advanced targeting technology capable of flying at Mach 2. It is designed to engage highly defended enemy surface units and hit its target, avoiding radio-electronic countermeasures or counter-fire.


Russian Navy video of the Vulkan firing.