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Russian Navy Petr Morgunov Ivan Gren Class landing ship conducts live firing exercise at sea


Russian Navy Petr Morgunov Ivan Gren Class amphibious assault ship of project 11711 conducts live firing exercise with its naval guns against sea and air targets in the framework of the final running trials in the Baltic Sea, the Russian Defense Ministry said, on June 2, 2020, according to TASS Russian agency news.
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Russian Navy Petr Morgunov Ivan Gren Class landing ship conducts live firing exercise at sea 925 001 Russian Navy Petr Morgunov Ivan Gren Class amphibious assault ship. (Picture source Facebook account Naval Analyses)


Russian aircraft and helicopters of the Baltic fleet flew over the ship to imitate an air attack at various speed, altitude and distance and test the radars and air defense of the warship. Ka-27 helicopters, Su-30SM, Su-27 and Su-24M jets were engaged.

The Russian Navy Pyotr Morgunov, is an Ivan Gren class, Russian designation Project 11711. It was laid down in October 2014. The ship was launched in May 2018. The first ship of this class, Ivan Gren, was commissioned in June 2018.

The Petr Morgunov Ivan Gren class is based on a mono-hull design developed by the Russian shipyard JSC Nevskoye Design Bureau. The ship is designed to transport military cargo and equipment, as well as troops for land operations. She is able to carry up to 13 main battle tanks or 36 armored personnel carriers and 300 marines.

The Ivan Gren class landing ship is armed with Igla man-portable surface-to-air missile (SAM) system, multiple artillery rocket systems, a 76mm AK-176 naval gun, and a 30mm AK-630M-2 close-in weapon system (CIWS). The AK-630 is a Soviet and Russian fully automatic naval close-in weapon system based on a six-barreled 30 mm rotary cannon. In "630", "6" means 6 barrels and "30" means 30 mm. It is mounted in an enclosed automatic turret and directed by MR-123 radar and television detection and tracking. The system's primary purpose is defense against anti-ship missiles and other precision guided weapons.

The second armament of the ship includes two 14.5mm KPV guns, a Soviet-designed 14.5×114mm-caliber heavy machine gun. For naval use, the KPV is mounted in the following turrets; 2M-5 was for torpedo boats, the 2M-6 for patrol boats, and the 2M-7 for trawlers. The 14.5mm marine pedestal machine gun mount (14.5mm MTPU) is intended for combat against armoured surface, coast and air targets. It is mounted on decks of boats and can defeat surface and coast targets with a range of 3,000 meters horizontally and 2,000 meters vertically against low flying planes.