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

  • Sure it is.

  • Marvel

    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.

  • Maxtrue

    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…..

  • 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.

  • Maxtrue
  • Maxtrue

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

  • Andres

    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.

    • citanon

      Since it’s OTH they’ll need an AWACs in the air with fleet cooperative engagement capability.

  • Wombat

    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.

  • Tim

    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…

  • Ing3nium

    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.

  • jsallison

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

  • stephen russell

    OR strike any land site from sea with nuke warhead.

  • Bill

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

  • Mathew

    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


    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.

  • Buleghin il vecio

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

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