Russia test-fired newest Kh-35U anti-ship missiles during recent drills
The Russian Aerospace Forces (VKS) successfully test-fired a Kh-35U anti-ship missile (ASM) from its Su-34 long-range strike aircraft at a naval test range of the Pacific fleet, according to the country’s Ministry of Defense.
“As part of the implementation of planned combat missions at the Pacific Fleet’s naval test range, Su-34 multifunctional fighter-bombers carried out practical launches of the newest guided anti-ship missiles Kh-35U,” the statement said.
It is noted that the launches were carried out in a tricky targets situation, imitating a group of ships.
“All in all eight launches were carried out, all missiles successfully hit targets,” the Ministry of Defense added.
The Kh-35U advanced anti-ship cruise missile has been developed by JSC Tactical Missiles Corporation (KTRV). According to some source, the new missile uses inertial guidance with a Glonass Receiver and an active radar seeker to find its target.
The Kh-35 is Russia’s first universalized missile which сan used by surface combatants, coastal defense missile systems and aerial platforms. Also, Russian officials claim that the KH-35U is immune to enemy countermeasures.
According to the Russian Ministry of Defense, the Kh-35U anti-ship missile is designed to destroy surface ships displacing up to 5,000 tonnes and surface targets. The missile has a range of about 250 kilometers.