Russian officials claimed that the missile system is capable of targeting aerial, submarine and coastal targets, and is effective up to an operational range of 185 miles. The Navy plans to arm Dagestan with the Kalibr missile system, which will increase the strike capability of the vessel. Dagestan is enabled with advanced Stealth technology, which makes it almost undetectable by enemy radar systems.
A spokesman from the Southern Military District said that the vessel will continue its missile trials for some more time, and will be moving to the Caspian Sea in near future. After completing the final phase of missile testing there, the frigate will be rejoining the Russian Navy’s Caspian flotilla. According to Russian official Col. Igor Gorbul, the crew of the Dagestan is currently preparing for the journey towards the Caspian Sea.
The Gepard class frigates, which are built by the Gorky Shipbuilding Plant in the Republic of Tatarstan, are currently used by the naval forces of both Russia and Vietnam. Dagestan was the second vessel of this type to be built by the Factory. The first one, warship Tatarstan is currently serving the Caspian flotilla, as its flagship. Unlike the Dagestan, the Tatarstan is equipped with SS-N-25 Switchblade anti-ship missiles.
The Vietnamese Navy had ordered a total of 2 Gepard class frigates in 2006. Both of them (VPNS Dinh Tien Hoang and VPNS Ly Thai To) were delivered in 2011. The deal was reportedly worth around $350 million. Vietnamese officials are currently dealing with the Russian Defence Ministry for the purchase of two more Gepard class frigates for its navy.