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Video: Russian Corvettes Launch Cruise Missiles from Caspian Sea

The following is a video published on Nov. 20, 2015 by the Russian Ministry of Defense showing Buyan-M corvettes firing several Kalibr NK sub-sonic cruise missiles (also known as SS-N-30As or 3M-14T) from the Caspian Sea. In early October, Russian ships used the strike missiles to strike targets in Iraq and Syria.

  • sferrin

    That’s nothin’. Our LCS ships. . .oh wait. Never mind.

    • Corporate Kitten

      Hey…. Don’t be mean.

      For just 3 times the price those ‘LCS’ patrol boats can look for mines…. then a few weeks later after a refit, look for submarines.

      plus it leaves a huge wake, which I hear ISIS hates.

      • publius_maximus_III

        Big wake psych ops — I like it. We’ll bring those terrorists to their knees yet.

      • Tim Dolan

        If I were planning say an attack on Iran because you know, nucs, and everyone is afraid of them… The LCS design is actually a good choice for that scenario. I could configure 6 or more of them for minesweepers and keep the gulf clear long enough to actually land some troops and then I convert 4 of them back to their SUW mode and patrol around keeping small boats off the larger combatants as well as doing Search and Rescue missions for aircraft crews that went down near shore. If needed if I have more than 6, I can after minesweeper duty use a couple for special ops use. I don’t need them to have long range strike missiles for those tasks and they are far better for it in that particular scenario then a large LHD, destroyer or CVN Battle group. And much more survivable than our current minesweepers.

        Actual biggest problems is they need better anti-ship missile defense in my opinion.

        BTW: I don’t actually advocate an attack on Iran, it would even in my scenario cost too much to conduct unless it was absolutely necessary.

        The LCS would also be extremely effective at Anti-Piracy and anti-smuggling operations in several areas. Also show the flag missions with smaller countries.

        Where I would not use them is in the anti-ship or land attack roles, but then they were not designed for that role. You want land attack, use a submarine or destroyer or better yet, call on the a carrier or the USAF that is what they are designed for.

        • publius_maximus_III

          You know what, Tim, I think you may have just changed my opinion about the worthlessness of the LCS.

          They might be the perfect thing for the missions you’ve described in a “bottled up” area like the Persian Gulf, where a carrier group can barely turn around, and where the enemy uses smaller attack vessels to challenge our capital ships. Maybe start basing a whole fleet of those LCS’s in Bahrain or Kuwait?

          And when are we going to change the name to “Freedom Gulf” on our navigational charts?

          They would certainly be a good asset to station off the coast of Somalia, to assist destroyers further off shore with anti-piracy patrols and raids.

    • Secundius

      @ sferrin.

      A FINALIZED Design is expected for the Freedom and Independence classes in 2016, or so. Also a Resumed production of classes to the 32-ship goal is also expected, but maybe Modified as far as Number of Ship’s goes…

      • sferrin

        Apparently my post was deleted for posting a link to another article on this site. The “finalized” design might have some Hellfires on it (LOL) but what they should have been from the start is more like the General Dynamics Multi-Mission Combatant. Look it up, you will weep tears of despair. 🙁

        • Secundius

          @ sferrin.

          The “Problem” with using “Hellfire Longbow” Missiles, is. Without the Longbow Tracking Radar, all you have is a Standard “Hellfire” Missile. I think the British “Brimstone I” Missile would be a BETTER Deal, with almost Twice the Effective Range. Or the “Brimstone II” with 2-1/2 times the “Brimstone I” Effective Range…

  • disqus_zommBwspv9

    While the Russians might have and issue with getting gas turbines. They sure have some real nice coverttes and frigates. Of course they got only one or two Krivaks. (Hotdog pack, guns on the back). Left.

  • Marjus

    Interesting their huge cruise missiles execute such a smooth transition to level flight very quickly and only a few hundred feet above the sea. The importance of airborne radar and electronic intel aircraft is of HUGE importance if we ever had to face the Russians who can apparently pop off missiles from anything or anywhere. Most of them are big and simple enough to counter after that, but initial detection is key!

    • sferrin

      Pretty much the same thing Tomahawks do. Just looks different with the camera under them looking up vs sitting on a ship a half mile away.

    • publius_maximus_III

      Pretty cool video. I wonder, however, whether the Poot is letting some important details out of the bag for our Navy Intel to ponder, while the proud Bear shows his stuff, pounding the p*ss out of ISIS at the same time?

      Looks like the rocket engine launch portion of the flight burns out at about the same point in each trajectory, when the cruise fan jet takes over — smooth as silk transition, no dips or pauses whatsoever.

      • NavySubNuke

        My thoughts too – the intel weenies who tear these things apart must be in heaven right now tearing down the recovered piece parts from the first strike a few weeks ago. Now they will have even more to play with.