Russian Sub to Get High-Precision Cruise Missile

Russia intends to arm its Yasen-class atomic submarine Severodvinsk with a nuclear-capable cruise missile suited to fly farther than 1,550 miles and strike within roughly 10 feet of its intended location, Interfax reported on Tuesday (see GSN, Aug. 9).

The "Kaliber" weapon can exceed the speed of sound during flight, a Russian defense sector insider said to reporters.

"The missile meets all of the Russian Defense Ministry's requirements in terms of its range, target accuracy, destructive effect and mission survivability. No other country in the world holds a missile with such unique tactical and technical characteristics," he said.

"This missile will be equipped with a single warhead. If the missile carries an ordinary warhead, its maximum range will be more than 2,500 kilometers. But if it carries a kiloton-class nuclear warhead, its range will be slightly shorter," according to the insider.

The Severodvinsk faces technical obstacles involving its atomic power system, the insider verified. "There is a problem with excessive sound levels both during the reactor's operations and the transfer of power to the vessel's propulsion shaft," he said.

The insider said testing of the vessel's atomic power unit is still under way. He outlined plans for setting apart its constituent systems, changing out its bearings and iron pieces and adding additional equipment (Interfax, Aug. 14).

August 15, 2012
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Russia intends to arm its Yasen-class atomic submarine Severodvinsk with a nuclear-capable cruise missile suited to fly farther than 1,550 miles and strike within roughly 10 feet of its intended location, Interfax reported on Tuesday.

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