How Russia's Kalibr Cruise Missiles Will Make its Navy Twice as Powerful

By Prei Dy, | May 01, 2017

Russia will arms its existing warships and submarines with Kalibr cruise missiles. (YouTube)

Russia will arms its existing warships and submarines with Kalibr cruise missiles. (YouTube)

Russia is starting to equip its existing warships and submarines with Kalibr cruise missiles, which have been successfully combat-tested in Syria.

The 26 Kalibrs dropped on the terrorist bases in Syria in October 2015 proved that they are not like other massive destroyers. The Kalibrs were installed on the Caspian Fleet corvettes, which are small enough to easily sneak up on the enemies and are difficult to track than its larger counterparts.

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Small missile ships can also be equipped with electronic jammers, giving their enemies a hard time detecting and firing them. Moreover, small strike groups are ideal to carry out lightning raids.

That being said, Russia will soon add several Karakurt-Class small missile ships to its navy's existing Buyan and Gepard frigates, which are both armed with Kalibr, Sputnik News reported. On the other hand, a fleet of Project 11356 and 22350 heavy frigates equipped with Kalibr-NK cruise missiles will also be used to carry out longer-haul missions.

Experts also suggest that the Russian Admiral Nakhimov nuclear-powered missile cruiser would also be armed with Kalibrs and Tsirkon 3M22 supersonic anti-ship missiles. And Kalibr-PL cruise missiles could also be installed on Antey-Class nuclear submarines and on the Project 885 Yasen and Yasen-M multirole nuclear subs.

However, Russia's military modernization could herald bad news for the US and its NATO allies. It could be recalled that during the 1990s, the Russian Shchuka multirole subs made fuss after it could suddenly pop out in front of the US warships and disappear in a jiff.

The US, on the other hand, is also upgrading its military, as it could soon deploy cutting-edge technology like amphibious tanks and robots with machine guns to "storm the beaches."

The US Navy and Marine Corps have been allegedly conducting tests on about 50 weaponized robots. The exercises aim to investigate if the robots could go from the Naval ship to shorelines where they could dock. The US Marines said that using drones and robots as first line of attack while storming beaches could help save lives.

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