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Algeria tests land-attack sub-launched missile

01 October 2019
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Algeria has acquired land-attack missiles for its two new Project 636.1 'Improved Kilo'-class submarines, its Ministry of National Defence (MDN) revealed on 29 September, when it said both had fired missiles against land targets during a visit by Chief of Staff Lieutenant General Ahmed Gaïd Salah to the Mers el-Kabir naval base.

"The purpose of this exercise is to ensure the operational effectiveness of these two submarines," it said. "The firing was carried out successfully by destroying the terrestrial targets with great precision, which constitutes a new success."

Algerian television showed Lt Gen Salah and other senior officers watching from the coast as the submarines launched missiles from below the surface and then viewing a television screen showing impacts inside a circle that had been marked out on flat terrain.

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