Two of the newest Soviet Missile destroyers, of the 4,400-ton 'Krivak' class, made a rare appearance in western waters on Thursday(July 20) as they sailed through the Skagerak straits off Norway into the North Sea on a course for the North Atlantic.
AV Soviet destroyers at sea (2 shots)
AV Soviet fishing factory ship
Aerial views two Krivak class Soviet missile destroyers at sea off South-East Norwegian coast in company of apparently new factory fishing ship.
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Background: Two of the newest Soviet Missile destroyers, of the 4,400-ton 'Krivak' class, made a rare appearance in western waters on Thursday(July 20) as they sailed through the Skagerak straits off Norway into the North Sea on a course for the North Atlantic. They were being shadowed on their journey by a Royal Dutch Navy Breguet reconnaissance aircraft of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, and when filmed by Visnews cameraman Jac de Gier on Thursday and Friday(July 20-21) were in the company of an apparently new Soviet factory fishing ship.
The Krivak class vessels, which were first observed in western waters in May 1971, carry four missile launchers for surface-to-surface and surface-to-air missiles, and two 12-barrelled rocket missile launchers. Other armaments include eight 21-inch (533 millimetre) torpedoes, four three-inch(76 mm) guns, and four thirty-millimetre anti-aircraft guns. They are powered by eight sets of gas turbines, reported to be similar to those powering the Soviet TU 144 supersonic airliner, producing 112,000 shaft horse-power. An authoritative source, the 'Jane's Fighting Ships' publication, reported that the Krivak class vessels were apparently intended for general-purpose anti-ship, anti-submarine and anti-aircraft roles rather than one specific task. It also reports that the ships were said to have been designed for nuclear and conventional warfare.