Recent days, Vietnam navy will eceive brandnews warshipfrom russia. This procurement is part of vietname navy plan to modernize their naval power. Gepard class maybe the newest frigate that build by russian dockyard.
This frigate equipped with latest naval technology from russian, including the SOSNA-R. The Sosna-R is a laser-guided supersonic surface-to-air missile (SAM) designed to engage aircraft, guided aerial bombs and cruise missiles at ranges between 1,300 and 8,000 meters at altitudes of up to 3,500 meters. The highly maneuverable Sosna-R missile can withstand lateral load factors of 52g and engage airborne targets flying at altitudes above two meters. With a top speed of approx. Mach 4, the missile travels 5/8 kilometers in just 6/11.5 seconds respectively. The Palma ship-based air defense system is equipped with eight Sosna-R missiles.
Performance: Max Range 8,000 m (26,247 ft), Min Range 1,300 m (4,265 ft), Target's Max Altitude 3,500 m (11,483 ft), Target's Min Altitude 2 m (7 ft), Top Speed 1,200 mps (Mach 3.61)
G Loads: Max Maneuvering Load Factor 52 g