Russia develops mini air and ship-launched cruise missiles

Russia’s state-owned Tactical Missile Corporation is developing mini air and ship-launched cruise missiles, Sputnik cited the CEO of the company as said in a television interview.

“At present, the miniaturization of products under development is one of the key directions in aviation, rocketry and marine engineering,” said the CEO. Sputnik. “It is a proven fact that if a task can be solved with, say, a 100 kg product instead of a one tonne product, it would be more efficient to bring more such products onto a single 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.

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

“Considerable attention is paid to the development of new anti-submarine missiles – the latest version APR-3ME is already at the stage of mass production”, CASS cited The chief executive of Tactical Missile Corporation said.

“In addition, the first batch of these missiles has already been delivered. It will eventually be replaced by a small-sized air-launched anti-submarine torpedo with increased operational range.

Additionally, the company is “developing a next-generation high-speed anti-ship missile with increased range and flight speed and also with improved jamming resistance capability.”

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