This is the moment a Russian nuclear-powered battleship fires anti-ship missiles and torpedoes at mock targets during President Vladimir Putin’s latest war games at sea.
The naval drill took place in the Barents Sea, an Arctic marginal sea located off the northern coasts of Russia and Norway.
Known among Russians in the Middle Ages as the ‘Murman Sea’ (‘Norwegian Sea’), it takes its current name from the Dutch navigator Willem Barentsz.
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The nuclear-powered battlecruiser Pyotr Velikiy took part in Northern Russian Fleet war games.
The Pyotr Velikiy is considered the flagship of the Northern Fleet.
The Russian Ministry of Defence proudly shared a video of the firing torpedoes and RPK-6 Vodopad anti-ship missiles
The footage shows the launch of several anti-ship missiles during the drill that the Russian MoD described as “successful”.
Russian netizens applauded the military video, with social media user ‘SokolovTV’ commenting: “Wow! That is so cool!”
‘AirlinersHD’ said: “Made in Russia!”
‘Dmitry Gafarov” remarked: “I can watch this forever!”
‘LeninYT’ joked: “Were they aiming at Capitol Hill?”
The Pyotr Velikiy is a fourth Kirov-class battlecruiser. It was initially named Yuri Andropov after the former General Secretary of the Communist Party, but the ship’s name was changed after the fall of the Soviet Union.
The Russian military considers it as a ‘heavy missile cruiser’, but Western defence specialists re-invented the term ‘battlecruiser’ to describe these vessels as they are the largest surface combatant warships in the world.