Ballistic missile “Snake” with hypersonic combat equipment has been developed for quite a long time. It will be designed to destroy large surface targets, primarily — aircraft carriers. Also, coastal missile units of the Russian Navy can be armed with new missiles.
The exact parameters of the new missile are unknown. However, the source said that it is comparable in its characteristics with Chinese missiles of the same class DF-21D and DF-26. These are solid-propellant missiles with range 2.5 to 5 kilometers, which are transported on mobile launchers.
However, even missiles with a firing range of 1000 km limit the ability of a hypothetical enemy to organize an effective anti-missile/air defense of a detachment of warships.
Why do you need it?
Modern aircraft carriers — the main strike force of the navy on the seas and oceans, and their entry into battle often decides the outcome of the armed confrontation as a whole. At the same time, these are very expensive ships to build and operate. The cost of a modern nuclear strike aircraft carrier already reaches $13-14 billion.
Now, only nine countries in the world have their as part of their fleets.
Therefore, one of the primary tasks of the Russian Navy, starting from post-war times, is to enemy, which may pose a threat to near-shore objects.
It was planned that in the first place, enemy aircraft carriers would hit Project 949A submarines (with P-700 Granit anti-ship missiles) and Tu-22M3 long-range bombers with X-22 anti-ship missiles (Tu-22M3M with & nbsp; ;X-32 missiles).
At the same time, according to experts, the range of domestic weapons does not even allow surface ships, submarines and aircraft to reach the launch line of anti-ship cruise missiles (ASC).
And even in the event of a possible launch, ships covering a potential enemy will easily destroy all attacking anti-ship missiles of the Kh-22/32 and P-700 type.
This problem can only be solved by hypersonic cruise missiles, which in terms of their effectiveness are equated with tactical nuclear weapons. Their presence in the arsenal of the Russian fleet radically changes the balance of forces on the seas and oceans.
Experts suggest that the development is being carried out by the Reutov NPO Mashinostroeniya (part of the "Tactical Missiles" Corporation). Hypersonic products “Zircon” are produced there. (anti-ship missile for surface ships and submarines), combat equipment “Vanguard” for intercontinental ballistic missiles UR-100N UTTKh and "Sarmat", coastal missile systems "Bastion" with supersonic missiles "Onyx" (export modification — “Yakhont”). At the enterprise itself did not comment on the information.
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