According to a newspaper citing the Navy’s commander’s chief, the military department is implementing a large-scale program for the deep modernization of the most massive Russian interregional missile systems, project 1234 “Gadfly”. Next year, sailors will receive the first three updated ships: two for the Pacific fleet and one for the Black Sea. Further modernization will be carried out by all those who are in the ranks of the “Gadgets”.
“The update affects almost all key RTO systems. They get new, more economical and powerful engines, modern fire control and more efficient weapons. The main caliber of the Ovods is replaced - the Uran systems with the X-35 anti-ship missiles (ASM) are being installed instead of the obsolete heavy Malachite P-120, ”the newspaper writes.
It is reported that "X-35 designed to destroy the ships of average displacement; their distinguishing feature is their small size and relatively low cost combined with high combat capabilities. ” The updated “Gadgets” will carry up to the 16 RCC instead of the previous six (two quad installations from each side). With the power of the volley, veterans will surpass even the latest 20380 project corvettes.
In addition, the Osa-M anti-aircraft missile system will be upgraded.
These are successful ships, and sailors like them, but we need modern weapons. Missiles "Malachite" have long been outdated, and "Uranus" - a modern long-range system. Our industry already has experience in upgrading the 1234 RTO project for the Algerian Navy. The scheme is well developed. As a result of the modernization, the combat power of the “Gadflies” will grow 2,5 times,told the newspaper military expert Dmitry Boltenkov.
He suggested that the updated "Gadfly" will both protect the coast of Russia, and act in the Mediterranean.
This is, in fact, a well-armed rocket boat, and after modernization it will be able to work on targets on land. Initially, the 1234 project was intended for operations in the near-sea zone. In Soviet times, they were also actively used in the Mediterranean as a sort of "fly swatter for aircraft carriers",added Boltenkov.
Today, the Russian Navy has more than a dozen of the Ovod MRKs.