Russian Media Claims Club-K Containerized Anti-Ship Missile Is Hypersonic, Low-Observable

A couple of months ago we brought you a marketing video from Russian company Kontsern Morinformsistema-Agat showing off its Club-K cruise missile which can be hidden inside a shipping container.

A Russian news agency report now claims the 3M-54E anti-ship version of the export oriented Club-K missile family is hypersonic, low-observable has a range of 300 kilometers and is far more lethal than the Harpoon or Exocet. The animation shows the missile sinking what appears to be a Ticonderoga class cruiser.

— Greg Grant

16 Comments on "Russian Media Claims Club-K Containerized Anti-Ship Missile Is Hypersonic, Low-Observable"

  1. I agree with Nick Chen. They also fail to show a clear image of a real missile. If it works as well as they claim, I think it would mean several things: 1) a boon for the floundering Russian arms export industry 2) a revolution in coastal defense, making it very difficult to identify and eliminate missile networks and 3) a method by which anonymous actors could stage devastating attacks against multiple targets.

  2. http://www.aviationweek.com/aw/blogs/defense/inde

    I was here months ago proposing the ABL could serve as a platform for solid state lasers. I was told that the optics were not interchangeable. Really? Perhaps we might consider speed of light more seriously in light of hypersonics…..

  3. In one fell swoop, the Russian Federation and any buyers just made their entire logistics network a valid target for preliminary strikes.

    It's a nice concept, though. Follows the Russian military mindset; relatively inexpensive, reliable, and crafty.

  4. Gee, that didn't work. I hope the full http is visible above or see Ares and look for recent post regarding ABL….

  5. the missile accelerates to supersonic or hypersonic (depends on source) in terminal flight phase only. but modern anti-missile missiles have a range of more than 100 miles (i.e. SM-2ER RIM-156A Block IV or SM-6 RIM-174 and even the ESSM with a range more than 40 Miles). Means the Klub missile could be shot down even before entering the fatal terminal phase. correct me if i'm wrong.

  6. You are mostly correct. We don't use the SM-2ER or BlkIV anymore (there are about 100 Blk IVs in the fleet primarily for terminal short range ballistic missiles) But, the SM2 Blk IIIB or ESSM (or SM-6 once it makes IOC) could easily take out the missile while it is still in its pre-terminal phase (high and slow). The best anti-ship missile is low, slow and hard maneuvering.

  7. Typical Russian bluff. Recently, they built a box aftly named T-50 and said it is much better than the F-22 when the facts are that they have only built one prototype, flew it about 15 times (2000 more to go), used a 3rd generation, derivative engine of the Su-27, flew it sub-sonic, completely without any advanced avionics, without "stealth" tests, etc. Yet, they could turn a lot of old-style Soviet believers overnight.

    What they essentially did to any Club-K missile platform buyers is that during a war with the US, their entire logistical base and infrastructure is not only at risk, but their civilians as well, for they even suggested putting those platform in warehouses…

  8. I can't seem to get the video to play, but I wouldn't easily write this report off…

    The Club K is being produced by "Concern Morinform-system-AGAT". This is the same company that produces the "Sizzler" or "Club". The Sizzler is supposed to have a range of 300km, a 450kg warhead, and be supersonic.

    The "Club-K" is simply them putting four Sizzlers in a box and selling them.

    – Source – The Economist (June 12th 2010). It cites a Vice Admiral and a manager for the US Navy on the Sizzler, so those numbers would seem to be accurate. And according to them we won't even have a target missile that can match the Sizzler's performance until 2014.

  9. Do I dare say it? Why yes, yes I do: Nuke them from orbit, it’s the only way to be sure.

  10. stephen russell | June 22, 2010 at 12:45 am | Reply

    OR strike any land site from sea with nuke warhead.

  11. A Scud with a hemi on it ,why didn't we think of that.! those damm ruskies!!

  12. this will be similar to the 3M-54E except with a faster terminal stage , allready the 3M-54E has a range of 300km at mach 0.8 , with a burst to mach 2.9 for terminal approach , coupled with high-G and high angle of attack profile; the russians along with the indians have been working on Brahmos2 with a mach 5 terminal approach so the target (lab tested in 2008) so cross over would be feasable

    also:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:3M-54E_missile_

    look at the supersonic version – the winged `carrier` is holdin the `sleak` supersonic vehicle – so , it approaches at mach 0.8 then releases the `hypersonic` package.

  13. Buleghin il vecio | August 17, 2011 at 3:00 pm | Reply

    Slow with the nukes….there are also russian nukes, do You wish to test the smell?

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