Novik Class Guided Missile Frigate
Country: Russian Federation
Armament: 1x 76mm DP
3x VLS System (30x SA-N-9 Gauntlet SAMs)
8x SS-N-25 Switchblade SSM (VLS Launcher)
4x CADS 30mm CA (3x SA-N-30 PDM)
21 inch ASW Torpedo Tubes
Aircraft: 2x Ka-27 ASW
In Service: Russian Federation, Peoples Republic of China, Ukraine, Iran, Libya
The first of a new fleet of modern Russian surface combatants, the Novik is a multi-mission frigate. With increased funds in the first decade of the 21st Century, the Russian Navy sought to modernize its forces and replace its aging Cold War era ships. The first Novik was laid down in 2010 with the first models entering service five years later. Designed with low observable characteristics the Novik is also part of a new design philosophy. It is also one of the first heavily computerized Russian warships.
Her main gun is a 76mm dual purpose with specialized ammunition. Recent upgrades to the Noviks are reported to include new laser guided shells. The real offensive punch comes from the eight Switchblade surface to surface missiles. They have a range of 130 kilometers and have sea skimming capability. Air defense comes from the SA-N-9s packed into three VLS launchers forward of the Switchblade VLS tubes. For close quarter defense the Noviks also sport the new Russian 30mm caseless Close Air Defense System (CADS). The latest produced ships of the class have three of the CADS fixed (originally they were recessed and popped out when firing) with the new Russian roling airframe missile (SA-N-30).
Noviks are in use with each of the Russian Navys fleets. Export versions of the Novik contain fewer of the latest Russian computer and radar systems. The caseless ammunition CADS systems are replaced by the standard Russian CADS-N 30mm dual gun systems.
Ka-27 Helicopter on the rear is from Shipbucket, a photobucket account full of alternate ships and drawing tools. Also from shipbucket is the size rail below the FFG.