Missile Cruiser Moskva Fires SS-N-12 (photo: Mil.ru)
Definitely don’t be on deck for this. Mil.ru covered Black Sea Fleet flagship Slava-class CG Moskva (121) firing one of its deck-mounted SS-N-12 ASCMs during inter-fleet training in the Atlantic this week.
TK Zvezda provided video of this firing and lots of others.
SS-N-12 Launch (photo: TK Zvezda)
This might be one of the few times (possibly only the second!) in Moskva’s career that it’s fired its primary weapon system. In 2008, New Times covered what it reported as the very first.
This seems somewhat improbable. Moskva, née Slava, surely fired its reputed “carrier-killing” SS-N-12s at some time during the zenith / denouement of the Cold War in the mid- and late 1980s. There also had to be acceptance-related firings by the lead unit of the guided missile cruiser class during the early 1980s.
However, very casual research leads one to conclude that most Russian Navy cruise missile firings come from subs or “small missile ships” and “missile boats.”
Nevertheless, Moskva heads Russian Navy ships currently training and bound for a number of Western hemisphere port calls. No one can really deny that the Navy is getting more miles under the keel than five or ten years ago.
Yesterday Lenta.ru relayed an Interfaks item in which NPO Mashinostroyeniye General Director Aleksandr Leonov said Russia is working on a naval hypersonic cruise missile. But, he said:
“It’s difficult to say when all this will be turned into metal. But technically today I don’t see obstacles to this direction being realized this decade.”
Leonov also claimed that development of this missile is included in GPV 2011-2020. He didn’t talk about the characteristics of the missile, but said the general trend is to increase its speed to hypersonic, not to increase its range. It’s designed for anti-ship and land attack missions, and will be fired from various launch platforms.
Leonov noted that today up to 80 percent of Russian Navy cruise missiles were developed by NPO Mashinostroyeniye. It produced both the Granit (SS-N-19) and Bazalt (SS-N-12) ASCMs.
He didn’t mention that the hypersonic missile development’s being done as part of Russia’s BrahMos joint venture with India. Some sources claim the BrahMos II cruise missile has surpassed Mach 5 in stand testing.
Posted in Defense Industry, Force Modernization, Naval Modernization
Tagged Aleksandr Leonov, Anti-Ship Cruise Missiles, ASCM, Bazalt, BrahMos, BrahMos II, Cruise Missiles, GPV 2011-2020, Granit, Hypersonic, NPO Mashinostroyeniye, SS-N-12, SS-N-19