During the operation to destroy the international terrorists in Syria, the Russian army gained practical experience of firing precision weapons long range. This was stated by Russian defense Minister Sergei Shoigu. He noted that the launches were carried out from surface ships and submarines from the waters of the Caspian and Mediterranean seas, as well as by the aircraft of strategic aviation, which has pioneered a new air-launched missiles “X-101”. “MK” asked military experts, about the new wonder rocket.
Chief editor of the magazine “Arsenal of the Fatherland”, member of the expert Council of the Military-industrial Commission Victor murakhovski explained that the characteristics of a cruise missile air-launched “X-101” remain classified.
“X-101 is approximately the same as sea missiles “Caliber”, only strategic aviation,” – said the expert. According to him, these missiles can be nuclear and non-nuclear equipment.
Now these missiles produced for the strategic missile-carrying bomber Tu-95MS “Bear”. The range of the X-101 to 4.5 thousand kilometers, it is more than sea missiles “Caliber”. In addition to the range, they have high precision, that showed launches on terrorist targets in Syria.
The launch of the Kh-101 is at least from a height of 3 km up to 12 km, provided that the aircraft is moving at a speed of 900 km per hour. Missile length — about 7.5 m, fold-out wing span not exceeding 4.5–5 m. the Diameter of the body presumably of 0.75–0.8 m.
According to military expert Michael Hadareni, despite its high cost, purchasing these missiles for the army is necessary.
“Such weapons are used in conflicts with high-tech States, it guaranteed the destruction of bunkers, command posts, missile launchers, you can call them weapons of deterrence” – said the expert. In his opinion, in Syria, their use is rather limited, since terrorist groups don’t have a developed military infrastructure. “It’s clear that these missiles are tested, perhaps they are still buggy, as all new weapons and our defense, after the test in fighting conditions quickly can make the necessary adjustments,” said Khodarenok.
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