US Admiral James Foggo Appreciated the Capacity of the New Russian Kalibr Cruise Missiles Used by Moscow in His anti-terrorist operation in Syria.Russian cruise missiles Kalibr, which equip among others the submarines of the project 636 Varchavianka currently operating in the Black Sea, have impressive performances, said the commander of United States Naval Forces Europe (COMUSNAVEUR) Admiral James Foggo.
"Six new Kilo-class submarines operate in the Black Sea region. Two of them flew missions in the Mediterranean Sea and fired Kalibr missiles. Kalibr is an impressive missile, a cruise missile designed to destroy land targets. Fired from any of these seas, or the Caspian Sea, it can reach any European capital, "said the admiral in Naples at a meeting of the Atlantic Council, an American think-tank specialized in international relations.
On 22 August, the Russian Ministry of Defense announced that Russian submarines and ships had fired 100 Kalibr missiles against terrorist positions in Syria, striking a total of 166 works.
Kalibr cruise missiles, with a range of 2,500 km, were initially developed for the 885 Iassen nuclear submarines. Later, they were adapted for the diesel-electric submarines of the 636 Varchavianka project (Kilo class according to NATO) and surface ships.
Russia has widely used Kalibr against jihadists in Syria. Their first strike against the jihadists took place on October 7, 2015: Dagestan frigate 11661K and Grad Sviyajsk, Veliki Oustioug and Uglich corvettes fired 26 cruise missiles from the Caspian Sea.
The versatile Kalibr missile system (NATO code: SS-N-27 and SS-N-30) exists in two variants: one from surface ships (Kalibr-NK, or Club-N according to NATO ), the other of submarines (Kalibr-PL, or Club-S according to the NATO). The system uses several types of warheads according to the missions: anti-ship fight or attack on the ground. It is poorly detectable due to its small diameter and the use of a coating that absorbs radar emissions.