As the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty appears to be dead, more and more reports appear about a possible Russian response in the field of missile development in the new reality.
On February 7, the Russian state news agency TASS reported citing a source that the land-based version of the sea-launched Kalibr cruise missile can be developed and enter into its serial production phase by the end of 2019.
“The land-based Kalibr system with the cruise missile can be developed and prepared for its serial production by the end of this year,” the source in the missile-building industry told TASS. “In order to use this missile in its land-based version, it is only necessary to make changes to its control system and replace the software.”
The source noted that development of a land-based Kalibr missile won’t require much time as the missile has for long been operational in the Russian Navy.
On February 23, TASS revealed that the land-based Kalibr cruise missile will be named the Kalibr-M and has a range of over 4,500 km.
“Considering the possible complete withdrawal of the US from the INF Treaty, it is planned that the land-based variant of the ship-launched cruise missile Kalibr-M with maximum range of over 4.500 kilometers will be developed,” TASS quoted the source in the defense industry.
While the data provided by TASS has not been officially confirmed, it’s the fact that Russia is developing a land-based version of the Kalibr cruise missile. Following the US suspension of participation in the INF Treaty, Russian President Vladimir Putin publicly approved this move.
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