Cruise missiles to be fought at strategic level – Part 1

December 9, 2020

Army Recognition:


Cruise missiles of various deployment and designation determine the character of the armed struggle in modern conditions, which is based on massive strikes with air and seaborne cruise missiles, and ground-based missiles in the future with a range of over 2000 km.

The number of U.S. carriers of sea and airborne cruise missiles, as well as the growing number of seaborne missile launchers on submarines and warships, and growing stocks of cruise missiles, allow the adversary to achieve the operational and strategic aims of a war by engaging the air weapons.

The U.S. withdrawal from the Intermediate-range Nuclear Force (INF) Treaty, and continued deployment of Mk.41 launchers in NATO countries that border on Russia, provide for an increase in ground-based cruise missiles, which can reach a bigger number of Russian targets. It means that the potential adversary is capable of delivering simultaneous massive cruise-missile strikes from various directions to the whole depth of Russia, by a single concept and plan, and under a single strategic command. It exposes problems in the fight against cruise missiles, which are: limited capabilities to expose preparations for the engagement of cruise missiles, insufficient reconnaissance to timely detect and identify the carriers and cruise missiles in flight, the absence of tested methods to fight cruise missiles at the operational and strategic levels, low effectiveness of destroying cruise missiles in flight and in areas of the targets…


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