The UK MoD has revealed scant details about the future Type 32 frigate.
Belgorod sea trials are under way, says TASS
Citing a source on the sidelines of the International Maritime Defence Show 2021 in St Petersburg, Russian state-run news agency TASS reported on 26 June that the Project 09852 submarine Belgorod had begun sea trials in the White Sea.
The manufacturer Sevmash commenced sea trials on 25 June, the source said, adding that they will be followed by state trials.
However, Sevmash did not comment on the matter, TASS noted.
If state trials prove successful, Belgorod (the longest submarine in the world at 184m) will be the first launch platform for the Poseidon nuclear-armed unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV). Shephard understands that the Russian Navy expects to receive its first Poseidon units by the end of 2021.
Shephard Defence Insight notes that Belgorod was meant to enter service with the Russian Navy Pacific Fleet in September 2020, but it only began preparing for sea trials in February 2021.
More from Naval Warfare
Raytheon UK and Atlas Elektronik will demonstrate the AQS-20C towed sonar's minehunting capability to the Royal Navy.
The new submarine deal has opened a rift between Australia, the US and UK on the one hand, and France on the other.
Turkish industry has achieved a milestone by delivering a locally manufactured submarine bow section.
Malaysia says ship acquisition plans are on track, as the third Chinese-built Littoral Mission Ship is handed over.
The deal is the first win for the frigate design developed with the export market in mind.