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Russia upgrades Kalibr cruise missiles

25 September 2019

Russia has improved the targeting system of its ship- and submarine-launched 3M14 Kalibr cruise missiles to improve their ability to conduct time sensitive attacks.

Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu revealed the development, which was initiated as a result of combat experience in Syria, in an interview with the Moskovsky Komsomolets newspaper on 22 September.

"If we talk about the use of precision weapons, for example, [previously] loading a flight mission into the Kalibr cruise missile took so much time that the target could go [away]," said Shoigu, "and today the loading time for a Kalibr flight mission has decreased, I emphasise, by a multiple, and this work to reduce the time it takes to transmit target designations is ongoing."

"Based on the results of this work, [President Vladimir Putin] gave direct orders to refine or improve certain characteristics of some weapons," said Shoigu. "So it was with our Kalibr cruise missiles, the armament of long-range aviation and submarines. As a result of the hostilities in Syria, we naturally had a great debriefing, and not one, not ten. I can tell you that about 300 types of weapons were finalised taking into account the Syrian experience."

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