Russia’s Novator Joint Stock Company has revealed details of a new export version of the Club missile system – designated Club-T – and its 3M-14E land attack cruise missile (LACM). Additionally, a senior representative has confirmed to Jane’s that the range of the LACM can be extended beyond that stipulated by the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR) export control regime of which Russia is a member.
Designed around a 8×8 transport erector vehicle (TEL), the Club-T is armed with six 3M-14E1 LACMs. Speaking to Jane’s at the Gulf Defence & Aerospace exhibition in Kuwait City, company representative Mikhail Pakhomov, head of the Foreign Connections Department at Novator JSC, also revealed that while the quoted range of the 3M-14E1 in the company brochure is 275 km, the missile’s range can be extended beyond 300 km if required. Ballistic and cruise missile systems, including the 3M-14E1, are limited by the MTCR treaty to having a maximum range of 300 km with a payload (warhead) of no more than 500 kg. The warhead for the 3M-14TE is quoted by Novator JSC as being 450 kg in weight, below that stipulated by the MTCR and the same as that used by earlier 3M-14E LACM and greater than that which equips the 3M-54E1 anti-ship cruise missiles (ASCM).
While Club-T is marketed with the 3M-14E1 LACM, integration of the 3M-54E subsonic/supersonic three-stage and 3M-54E1 subsonic two-stage ASCM onto the Club-T platform is also nearing completion, said Pakhomov.
The Club-T TEL appears to be based on the MZKT-7930 8×8 platform produced by the Belarussian company Minsk Wheel Tractor Plant. This is the same base vehicle as used with the 9K720 Iskander-M (domestic) and 9K720E Iskander-E (export) tactical short-range ballistic missile (SRBM) systems.
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