Report: Russia Developing 4,500 Kilometer Kalibr-M Range Land-Attack Cruise Missile

January 10, 2019

Diplomat:

On Tuesday, Russia’s state-run TASS news agency reported that Moscow is undertaking the development of a new extended-range variant of its subsonic Kalibr (3M14) land-attack cruise missile. Citing a defense industry source, TASS revealed the existence of a Kalibr-M project.

This new missile is slated to be larger than the existing ship-launched Kalibr missile, which is thought to have a range capability of approximately 2,350 kilometers. The new Kalibr-M will reportedly have a range of 4,500 km and will be deployed on Russian Navy warships. The development of the Kalibr-M is presently at an early stage, the source noted. It is likely to be deployed in the late-2020s.

According to TASS, the Kalibr-M is expected to be “significantly” larger than the existing Kalibr missile, which is 6.2 meters long with a 0.43 meter diameter. Though little else is known about the new missile’s physical dimensions, it may resemble existing Russian systems like the P-800 Oniks.

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