Russia Developing Air, Ship-Launched Mini Cruise Missiles

The Russian state-owned Tactical Missile Corporation is developing air-and ship-launched mini cruise missiles, Sputnik quoted the firm’s CEO as saying in a TV interview.

“At present, miniaturization of products under development is one of the key directions of aviation, rocket, and marine engineering,” the CEO was quoted by Sputnik. “It’s an open fact that if a task can be solved, let’s say, with a 100 kg product instead of a one-ton product, it would be more efficient to bring more such products on one carrier.”

The missiles will be the upgraded version of the APR-3ME air-launched anti-submarine and Paket-NK-E anti-torpedo/anti-submarine missile systems.

The Missiles

The airborne torpedo can hit a target up to 3 kilometers (1.86 miles) away and 540 m (1,770 ft) underwater. In service since mid-2019, the modular Paket-NK-E anti-torpedo/anti-submarine system, consisting of MTT torpedoes and M-15 anti-torpedoes, has a range up to 10 kilometers (16 miles) and 800 meters (2,625 feet) underwater.

“Substantial attention is paid to developing new anti-submarine missiles – the latest APR-3ME version is already at the stage of its serial production,” TASS quoted Tactical Missile Corporation’s chief executive as saying.

“Moreover, the first batch of these missiles has already been delivered. It will be eventually replaced by a small-size air-launched anti-submarine torpedo that will feature an increased operational range.” 

Moreover, the corporation is “developing a next-generation high-speed anti-ship missile with an increased range and flight speed and also with the enhanced jam-resistant capability.”

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