MOSCOW, June 11 (RIA Novosti) – A Russian anti-aircraft missile corvette has engaged and successfully destroyed a sea target imitating an enemy warship in the Baltic Sea, Captain Vladimir Matveyev of the Russian Baltic Fleet said Wednesday.
“The corvette launched a rocket that successfully hit the designated sea target located a certain distance away from it. The firing involved the ‘enemy’ using radar jammers which made the task more difficult,” Capt. Matveyev said.
Russia’s brand new corvette, the Soobrazitelny (Quickwitted), ran the test as part of joint war games involving the Russian Air Force and the Airborne Forces under the command of Russia’s Western Military District.
The drills coincided with NATO military alliance’s European exercises Saber Strike 2014 and Baltops 2014.
According to Capt. Matveyev, the Soobrazitelny corvette fired the sea-based Redut missile at the target. The shipping lane in the area was blocked for the time of the exercises to avoid civil casualties.
“The firing range was blocked with ten vessels and logistics ships,” the Baltic Fleet’s press officer said.
The Soobrazitelny corvette of the Steregushchy (Vigilant) class was handed over to the Baltic Fleet in October 2011. It is the newest class of corvettes in the Russian Navy.