Kalibr-NK: The Russian Cruise Missile That Shocked the World

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The Kalibr-NK cruise missile system, billed as “The Sword of the Caspian” even before it was ever used in combat, stands guard over the world’s biggest lake and has the entire Mediterranean Sea, the Arabian peninsula and the Persian Gulf in its crosshairs.

Massive strike on targets in Syria from the Caspian Sea - Sputnik International
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On October 7, 2015, a Russian frigate and three other Russian Navy destroyers launched 26 Kalibr-class cruise missiles from the Caspian Sea at 11 targets in Syria.

The missiles traveled 1,500 km through Iranian and Iraqi airspace and struck the terrorists’ positions in Raqqa, Aleppo and Idlib provinces, reportedly destroying all.

First launched in 2012, the Kalibr cruise missiles can travel 50 to 150 meters above the ground and hit sea targets up to 350 kilometers away and ground targets more than 2,500 kilometers away. Their maximum deviation from the designated target is only three meters.

The Kalibr’s export version – the Klub-K – does not fly that far but it has still caused jitters in the West with its ability to sneak up to its target when fired from railway refrigerator cars and containers on bulk carriers.

Hugging the ground with pinpoint accuracy and almost invulnerable due to its supersonic speed, the missile is a deadly weapon to be reckoned with.

During a Barents Sea naval drill earlier this week submarine-fired Kalibr cruise missiles hit their targets hundreds of kilometers away and once again with pinpoint accuracy.

Two small missile ships, the Zelyony Dol and Serpukhov, armed with Kalibr missiles are currently undergoing trials in the Black Sea.

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