Baku, Azerbaijan, Aug. 14
By Ilkin Izzet - Trend:
The ships of Russian Navy's Caspian Flotilla are currently on a friendly visit to Azerbaijan.
The visit is taking place by a mutual agreement between the two countries.
Earlier, Azerbaijan's Defense Ministry said that three vessels of Russia's Caspian Flotilla - the small artillery ships 'Makhachkala' and 'Volgodonsk', and the hydrographic ship 'Anatoly Guzhvin' - entered the port of Baku for an official visit.
The ships moored at a pier of the Baku Marine Station.
The small artillery ships 'Makhachkala' and 'Volgodonsk' are designed for close combat at sea and river sections.
Both ships, the crews of which consist of 58 people, are equipped with the MS-73 jet-rocket launchers, hitting targets at a distance of 30 kilometers.
The ships, with 80 missiles at their disposal, can open fire every 30 seconds.
Artillery mount of A-190 type installed on ships can destroy a target at a distance of up to 27 kilometers.
"Volgodonsk" has in its service one A190-1 type 100-mm gun mount, two AK-306 type 30-mm gun mounts, two MPTU type 14.5 mm caliber machine gun mounts, one "Gibka" anti-aircraft missile system, which can hit a target at a distance up to 8 kilometers, one "Grad-M" launcher.
Each ship is armed with five machine guns.
Representatives of Azerbaijani and Russian Navy met Russian warships.
During the visit, the crews visited the tomb of national leader Heydar Aliyev in the Alley of Honor and Alley of Martyrs in Baku.
It is planned to organize a walk along Baku and a friendly football match for the personnel of the ship.
The visit of Russian warships will last until August 16.
Edited by CN