Russian frigate Admiral Essen destroys Ukrainian Bayraktar TB2 UAV


According to information published by Военный Осведомитель on April 12, 2022, the Russian Navy's Project 11356R/М frigate Admiral Essen of the Black Sea Fleet of the Russian Navy destroyed a Ukrainian Bayraktar TB2 UAV off the coast of Crimea using the Stil-1 surface-to-air missile system.
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Russian Vyborg Shipyard laid the Purga ice class coastguard ship of project 23550 925 001 Admiral Grigorovich class frigate Admiral Essen firing Stil-1 surface-to-air missile (Picture source: Russian MoD)


The drone was on a reconnaissance mission to see the activities of the Black Sea Fleet ships, as well as coastal and ground positions of combat equipment of the Russian armed forces located on the Crimean peninsula and in the southern part of Ukraine. The defense ministry also published a corresponding video.

Admiral Essen is a frigate of the Admiral Grigorovich class of the Russian Navy named in honor of Admiral Nikolai Ottovich von Essen. It is based with the Black Sea Fleet at Sevastopol.

The ships of this class have a displacement of about 4,000 tonnes, a speed of 30 knots, and an endurance of 30 days.

Project 11356 is armed with an A190E 100mm gun featuring a 5P-10E fire control system located on the forward bow deck, which enables tracking and engaging multiple targets effectively. The А190 naval gun can fire high-explosive (impact fuse) and AA (time fuse) ammunition at a rate of 80 rounds per minute for ranges more than 20km.

The ASW capability is provided by two DTA-53-11356 twin torpedo tubes, and an RBU-6000 depth charge rocket launcher firing 90R ASW rockets and RGB-60 depth rocket bombs.

The Shtil-1 shipborne multi-channel medium-range air defense missile system (ADMS) is designed to provide all-around collective protection of naval groups and ship convoys, as well as individual protection of carrier ships from attacks of anti-ship missiles, aircraft, helicopters, boats, and vessels.

Bayraktar TB2

The Bayraktar TB2 is a medium-altitude long-endurance (MALE) unmanned combat aerial vehicle (UCAV) capable of remotely controlled or autonomous flight operations.

The Bayraktar TB2 platform has a blended wing body design with an inverse V-tail structure. Thrust is generated through the internal combustion engine placed between the tail booms. The monocoque platform is modular with detachable main items such as wing, tail boom, and V-tails.

The Bayraktar TB2 has a length of 6.5 m, a height of 2.2 m and a wingspan of 12 m. It has a maximum take-off weight of 650 kg with a maximum payload capacity of 150 kg.


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