The Russian Navy has reported a successful launch of 3M-54 Kalibr (NATO reporting name SS-N-27 Sizzler) cruise missile carried out by the Severodvinsk nuclear-powered submarine currently stationed in the Barents Sea. The launch, which was part of military drills, hit a target, situated some 700 kilometres away.
"The battle exercise was performed from the sea's surface at one of the Barents Sea ranges. The launched missile targeted an objective in the Chizha range in the Arkhangelsk region," the navy's press service reported.
Kalibr is a ship- and submarine anti-ship cruise missile, capable of hitting targets up to several hundred kilometres away (depending on modifications) carrying up to 450-kilogramme warheads. Some of its versions can reach supersonic speeds during terminal stages to prevent it from being downed by a ship's anti-missile defences.