Russia nears deployment of supersonic sea-launched cruise missile that can range all of Europe

Russia nears deployment of supersonic sea-launched cruise missile that can range all of Europe
Gnarly Russian brass visit troops launching military exercise near St. Petersburg, Mar 2015. (Image: AP/RIA-Novosti, Mikhail Klimentyev, Presidential Press Service)

[Ed. – So, this is not good.  We don’t have a supersonic cruise missile that can reach inland with such ranges.  No one in NATO does.]

Russia is nearing deployment of a new missile capable of targeting all of Europe with nuclear or conventional warheads, according to defense officials.

Disclosure of the new SSN-30A missile threat comes as Defense Secretary Ash Carter on Thursday warned that Moscow under Vladmir Putin is reemerging as an existential security threat. …

Regarding the SSN-30A, designated as the “Kalibr” missile, Pentagon officials said the new naval weapon can be equipped with both nuclear and conventional warheads and can reach most of Europe when fired from ships in the Black Sea.

The longer-range version of the Kalibr can reach between 620 and 923 miles. A shorter range version can hit targets at distances of up to 180 miles. …

A test of the Kalibr was conducted earlier this month, officials said.

The new supersonic missile is capable of being used to strike targets both at sea and on land.

“This system is about ready to be deployed,” said one official who voiced concerns for U.S. interests and those of allies in Europe. “It allows the Russians to cover most of Europe from the Black Sea on naval vessels.

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