"Six such ships should join the Navy by 2025. They will be equipped with modern weaponry and the latest navigation tools," Shoigu said during a conference call adding that the Admiral Gorshkov now is being tested by the Russian Navy's Northern Fleet.
The Admiral Kasatonov, the second project 22350 vessel, was launched in late 2014, while two further frigates, the Admiral Golovko and the Admiral Isakov, are under construction at Severnaya Verf shipyard in St. Petersburg.
The Admiral Gorshkov-class frigates have a displacement of 4,500 tons, a top speed of 29 knots, a range of 4,000 nautical miles at 14 knots, and can go for up to 15 days without resupplying.
The warship has a crew of 210 and a variety of weaponry, including a 130-mm A-192 gun, the Oniks 3M55 (SS-N-26) anti-ship missiles and the Poliment-Redut shipborne air defense system.