Russia Upgrading Range of Kalibr Cruise Missile

Russia is working on an upgraded version of the Kalibr cruise missile.

Speaking to TASS Russian News Agency on January 8, 2019, a source in the military-industrial complex said, “The newest high-precision ship-based Kalibr-M cruise missile with a maximum firing range of more than 4,500 km is being developed for the Russian Navy. The creation of the rocket is at the stage of scientific research and financed by the Ministry of Defense.”

The source added confirmed that development of the Kalibr-M is included in Russia’s state armament program through 2027, adding, “The rocket must be transferred to the fleet before the end of the program.”

Currently, the Kalibr carries a range of up to 2,000 kilometers. The upgraded version will more than double its range — to 4,500 kilometers — according to the source, who noted other changes as well. “It will be much larger, the weight of its warhead will approach 1 tonne,” the source told TASS.

Kalibr-M is designed for use onboard naval vessels, like the Kalibr. The source said, “Kalibr-M is designed to destroy land facilities and will be able to carry both conventional and nuclear warhead.”

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