The Russian Defense Ministry has released footage of Kalibr cruise missiles being fired from the submarine “Kolpino” at targets in the Black Sea. The video was published on the department’s YouTube channel.
The footage shows the crew of a vessel responsible for the safety of the combat drill giving the order to prepare to fire, after which the missiles are launched. In the last clip, a missile fired from a submarine rises into the air.
The Kalibr missiles were launched from submerged position by the diesel-electric submarine B-271 “Kolpino”. The crew successfully destroyed the coastal and maritime targets in the region of the Opuk testing facility and at one of the Black Sea Fleet’s maritime testing facilities.
The B-271 submarine, commissioned in 2016, has already used Kalibrs in real scenarios. In autumn 2017, after moving into the Mediterranean Sea, the submarine fired several dozen missiles at Islamic State-controlled targets in Syria, destroying depots, communication points and command centers.
Kalibr sea-based cruise missiles can be used to attack both land and sea targets. In February this year, when the US announced its withdrawal from the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, Russian President Vladimir Putin gave his support to Defense Minister Sergey Shoygu’s proposal to create a land-based version of the Kalibr.