State trials of the Poliment-Redut naval air defense system have concluded.
Speaking on February 11, 2019, Russian Navy commander Vladimir Korolyov said, “The state trials of the Poliment-Redut surface-to-air missile system have been concluded.”
Previously, a source had told TASS that the system would be ready for operational service in the first half of 2019. The source said, “All the trials of the air defense missile system aboard a Project 20380 corvette are planned to be completed in late 2018, including firing from that carrier against air and naval targets. In the first half of 2019, the system is planned to go into operation in the Navy.”
Russia’s Project 22350 Admiral Gorshkov class frigates – the first of which has entered service while another is to be commissioned this year – are armed with the system, and other large warships may receive it as well. TASS’s source had told the outlet, “The air defense missile system will be also installed on the aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov and the heavy nuclear-powered missile cruisers Admiral Nakhimov and Pyotr Veliky during their repairs with the upgrade.”
The Poliment-Redut system includes several different types of missiles and, reportedly, its long-range air defense missile had encountered issues during development. Last year, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu noted that around a dozen tests of the system had been carried out in the Northern Fleet, aimed at ensuring the system’s readiness for operational service.