The Admiral Grigorovich-class of guided-missile frigates serving the Russian Navy has a planned strength of six ships. The group is led by Admiral Grigorovich (745) herself and currently (2018) includes Admiral Essen (751) and Admiral Makarov (799). Planned ships are Admiral Nutakov, Admiral Istomin, and Admiral Kornilov. All three completed ships are in active service with the Black Sea Fleet. Admiral Makarov, the focus of this article, was laid down at the Yantar Shipyard of Kaliningrad, Russia on February 29th, 2012. She was launched on September 2nd, 2015 and formally commissioned for service on December 27th, 2017 - making her one of the newest additions to the Russian Fleet.
Admiral Makarov is an all-modern warship with stealth features and a low-profile. It sports a slab-sided design, keeping protrusions to a minimum, and features a slew of advanced processing systems and weaponry to suit many maritime roles including airspace deterrence, offshore assault, and fleet support. The smoke funnel is all-enclosed and of a low-profile design. The main mast is also of a low-profile approach, outfitted with a bulk of the sensors and processing systems needed to make the Makarov a suitable modern fighting vessel. Over the stern is a helicopter flight deck suitable for support of a single Kamov Ka-27 navalized helicopter or similar vehicle. A hangar offers full-service capabilities and can house a second helicopter if need be.
Under standard load, the ship displaces 3,620 tons and, under full load, this balloons to 4,035 tons. Overall length reaches 410 feet while the beam measures 50 feet and the draught just 14 feet. Power is through a COGAG (COmbined Gas-And-Gas) arrangement which pairs 2 x DS-71 gas turbines outputting 8,450 horsepower for cruising actions and 2 x DT-59 gas turbines outputting 22,000 horsepower for dash actions. Total output becomes 60,900 horsepower and this is used to drive 2 x Shafts under stern.
The propulsion scheme allows the vessel to make headway at 30 knots and reach out to ranges of 4,850 nautical miles.
Aboard is a crew complement of about 200 personnel. Onboard stores allow the vessel to stay at-sea for about one month.
The Fregat M2EM serves in the air-search role while the 3Rs-25E Garpun-B, MR-212/201-1, and Nucleus-2 6000A all form the surface-search suite. Fire Control is directed by the JSC-5P-10E "Puma", 3R14N-11356, and the MR-90 Orekh SAM systems. Electronic Warfare (EW) involves the TK-25E-5 suite and 4 x KT-216 systems are used to launch decoys.
Installed armament is comprised of a mix of ballistic and missile weapon types. 1 x 100mm A-190 Arsenal turreted main gun is seated over the forecastle. 1 x 8-cell UKSK Vertical Launch System (VLS) can fire both Kalibr and 3M55 Oniks surface-to-surface missiles at range. 2 x 12-cell VLSs are used to house 3S90M Shtil-1 series surface-to-air missiles. Additional anti-aircraft defense is through 8 x Igla-1E missile launchers and 2 x Kashtan Close-In Weapon Systems (CIWSs). 2 x Twin-tubed 533mm torpedo launchers can counter surface and submarine threats while the latter threat is also addressed by installation of the RBU-6000 Anti-Submarine ROCket (ASROC) launcher unit.
Admiral Makarov maintains an active status in the Russian Fleet as of this writing (2018).