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    Going the Distance: Russia’s Kalibr Cruise Missiles Able to Travel 2,000 km

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    Russia's Kalibr cruise missiles, which shocked and awed ISIL and the rest of the world when they were used in combat in Syria, have a range of 2,000 km, Rear Admiral Viktor Kochemazov told journalists on Saturday.

    “The striking range depends on the target, whether it is ground-based or naval, on the route of the missile and the ground obstacles it needs to go around, and, in total, amounts to 2,000 km,” Kochemazov said.

    The rear admiral added that the powerful weaponry has already been tested and is exported abroad. The export version is called “Club” (Klub). These missile systems are currently in operational service in Vietnam and India.

    The cruise missile systems were used in combat on October 7, when the Gepard-class frigate Dagestan, part of the Caspian Flotilla, and three other Russian Navy corvettes launched 26 Kalibr-class cruise missiles from the Caspian Sea at 11 targets in Syria as part of Russia's aerial bombardment campaign, reportedly destroying all.

    The missiles traveled 1,500 km (932 mi) through Iranian and Iraqi airspace and struck targets in Raqqa and Aleppo provinces, controlled by the Islamic State,  as well as Idlib province (controlled by the al-Qaeda-linked al-Nusra Front).


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