Russia wants killer aircraft carriers (just like China)

Beware of NATO warships. Alliance navies may not be able to operate where they want if Russia is successful. A new massacre of ships ballistic missile has the potential to threaten even aircraft carriers. United States and NATO naval planners will have to pay attention to the development of this missile because it could leap forward and claim its claim for the destruction of enemy shipping in the Black Sea, the Baltic Sea or the Arctic Ocean.

Modern coastal defense

The new anti-ship missile bears the mysterious Russian name Zmeyevik, which esoterically relates to a rock specimen of serpentinite. This system would be stationed on the coasts and deny access to enemy ships threatening Russian shores. It would potentially integrate with a network of submarines and missile frigates as part of a larger naval tactics and operations effort to counter Western naval strategy.

Ambitious missile with hypersonic capabilities

The missile may have been in development for years, which stands to reason as Russia continually works on its overall naval strategy against NATO. The Zmeyevik has modern capabilities – possibly including a hypersonic glide vehicle used during its terminal phase. This new development of Russian missile technology builds on the current Bastion-P coastal defense system. The Bastion-P is mobile on the road and has been in service since 2010. The Black Sea Fleet and the Northern Fleet deploy this system. Bastion-P launchers fire the Anti-ship Oniks cruise missiles.

Long development cycle but no verified tests

The Zmeyevik has attracted the interest of defense analysts. Dmitri Stefanovicha defense analyst at the Center for International Security, recently told Drive’s War Zone that “It appears that this project has indeed been in development for some time, although no testing has been mentioned or observed. , which, of course, does not mean that a prototype test could not have taken place, “said Stefanovich. “Making fast anti-ship missiles is quite traditional for the Soviets and Russians, and a ballistic missile is a good option.”

How will he acquire targets?

The Zmeyevik can be optimistic at this point because the Russian army sometimes lacks targeting data intelligence and reconnaissance that are imperative for accurate missile flight. It is not clear if the Zmeyevik has completed this phase of development.

A missile must be part of a larger program

It’s a above the horizon missile integration with patrol aircraft used for combat control and reconnaissance would therefore have to be resolved. Also, it could be part of a drone reconnaissance mission to help the missile acquire an enemy ship for potential destruction. That’s if Russia has that capability. Even space sensors could help the Zmeyevik lock onto the target.

Could just be used for bragging at this point

There are still many unanswered questions about the Zmeyevik and how it will fit into other defense systems. It’s okay to say the words “killer missile carrier” and China has been using that moniker to threaten the United States for years. Chinese anti-ship DF-21 and DF-26 are formidable weapons. Russia has a strong ballistic missile program and physicists and engineers capable of moving from prototype to mass production. We just don’t know how far away the coastal defense missile is.

Representation of Chinese ‘carrier-killer’ missiles attacking the US Navy. Image: Chinese Internet.

Road Mobile is the way to go

The Zmeyevik will most likely be launched from a large truck. On-road mobile systems have many advantages. They can move quickly after firing. They are able to change position for better launch points. And they can protect more territory. But until there is a successful test of the Zmeyevik, we will have to place that under Russian desires and aspirations conveyed on social media rather than full capacity to be reckoned with.

Now as 1945 Defense and National Security Editor, Brent M. EastwoodPhD, is the author of Humans, Machines and Data: Future Trends in Warfare. He is an emerging threat expert and former US Army infantry officer. You can follow him on Twitter @BMEastwood.

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