TASS Russian news agency
“The Odintsovo is the first surface ship armed with the Pantsir-M [NATO reporting name: SA-22 Greyhound] antiaircraft missile/gun system. The seaborne version has completed its tests. All its inherent capabilities have been proved during the sea and state trials. In late November, a flag-raising ceremony will take place onboard the ship to put it into operation with the Navy,” Navy Commander-in-Chief Admiral Nikolai Yevmenov said at the end of a working meeting in the Admiralty building, which was dedicated to the construction of new-generation surface ships.
The acceptance report has been signed at the Pella Shipyard in St. Petersburg in northwest Russia.
The crew of the ship underwent training at the Russian Navy’s United Training Center in St. Petersburg and is ready to operate its armament and equipment. Special attention was paid to practice operating new onboard weapon systems under a special training program.
It was reported earlier that the crew of the Odintsovo corvette and shipbuilders had successfully fired the Pantsir-M system against an aerial target. Baltic Fleet Sukhoi Su-27 (Flanker-B) fighter jets dropped M-6 small aircraft targets. All the targets were destroyed.
The Odintsovo is the first Project 22800 ship armed with the Pantsir-M system. The lead ship and the first serial corvette of Project 22800 operational with the Baltic Fleet carry two AK-630 small-caliber antiaircraft artillery systems.