MOSCOW, January 11. /TASS/. The latest Otvet (Response) anti-submarine missile system has been accepted for service in the Russian Navy, a national defense industry source told TASS on Tuesday.
“The Otvet anti-submarine warfare system has been accepted for service in the Russian Navy. It has been supplied to naval vessels for a year already,” the source said.
TASS has no official confirmation of this information yet.
A source told TASS earlier that the state-of-the-art anti-submarine missile system had successfully passed state trials, which were organized by the board of directors of the first frigate built in series of project 22350, Admiral Kasatonov since 2019.
Otvet anti-submarine missile system
The Russian Defense Ministry announced on December 15 that the Pacific Fleet frigate Marshal Shaposhnikov launched an Otvet anti-submarine missile into the Sea of Japan that successfully hit an underwater target.
The Otvet anti-submarine missile system was developed by the Sea Underwater Weapon – Gidropribor Group (part of the Tactical Missiles Corporation). According to open sources, the Otvet system consists of an anti-submarine missile launched from 3S-14 general-purpose launchers (also used for Kalibr, Oniks and Tsirkon cruise missiles). The warhead section of the Otvet missile includes a small-sized homing anti-submarine torpedo. Upon reaching the target area, the missile drops a torpedo into the water, then it submerges and automatically tracks an enemy submarine, using its sonar system.
The Otvet anti-submarine missile system mounted on surface ships has a maximum firing range of 40 km.
A TASS source said earlier that work was underway to increase the operating range of the system’s cruise missile, which could actually be doubled. The Russian Navy plans to equip most of its surface combatants with the Otvet anti-submarine missile system, including the nuclear-powered missile cruiser Admiral Nakhimov.