MOSCOW, September 25. / TASS /. The Russian Machine Building Research and Production Association has developed a sea-launched cruise missile with a range of 800 km and increased accuracy to naval and land targets, its flight tests scheduled to begin within months. ahead, two defense industry sources said. TASS Wednesday.
“The Oniks operational cruise missile was used as a base to develop a new version, the Oniks-M, with a maximum range of 800 km,” one of the sources told TASS.
As the source clarified, “the missile is equipped with an improved control system and will be able to strike naval and land targets with greater precision.” In addition, the missile’s protection against electronic countermeasures has been improved, the source added.
Another defense industry source told TASS that flight development tests for the new missile are scheduled to begin in the first ten-day period of September at the Northern Fleet training ground in the Barents Sea. Several areas of the sea have been closed specifically for these tests in order to ensure the safety of navigation and flights by passenger planes, “however, no launch was carried out due to the need for additional checks prototypes of the missile “.
According to the source, the improved missile, like the base version of Oniks, is capable of carrying both conventional and nuclear warheads. The Oniks-M has its maximum speed as well as its weight and dimensions similar to the basic version.
The Research and Production Association, which developed the Oniks missile, declined to comment on the information provided by the sources.
Oniks cruise missile
The Machine Building Research and Production Association earlier unveiled plans to improve the characteristics of the Oniks missile, but gave no details.
âYes, we have proposed to improve the flight characteristics of Oniks missiles to increase the effectiveness of this anti-ship system,â the company spokesperson told TASS on September 13.
According to the manufacturer’s data, the export version of the Oniks missile (the Yakhont) has a range of 300 km. The missile can develop a speed of Mach 2.5 at high altitude and its conventional warhead weighs 250 kg.
Work on the P-800 anti-ship system with the Oniks missile began in 1982. The missile complex entered service in 2002. Russia mounts these missile systems on its surface ships and submarines. For example, the multipurpose lead submarine of Project 885 Severodvinsk carries these missiles.
Oniks served as the basis for the development of the Russian-Indian cruise missile BrahMos.
The Indian chief of the BrahMos aerospace joint venture, Sudhir Kumar Mishra, told TASS at the MAKS-2019 international airshow that it was technically possible to increase the range of the missile to 800 km.