Naval Weapons

Russia ready to test extended-range Oniks missile variant

02 October 2019

NPO Mashinostroyenia, part of Russia’s Tactical Missiles Corporation, is developing an extended-range version of the P-800 Oniks (3M55) supersonic naval cruise missile.

The new variant, designated Oniks-M, will have a range of up to 800 km and will feature an improved guidance system and enhanced ECCM, according to Russian industry sources. The original version has a published range of 300 km.

Capable of engaging land and sea targets, Oniks-M is likely to be tested “in the next month or two”, said the sources. Tests were originally scheduled to take place in the Barents Sea in the first 10 days of September but were postponed for “additional checks on the product’s experimental models”.

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