Bal-E coastal defense system to be equipped with upgraded Kh-35 missile
Bal coastal defense system will be equipped with an upgraded version
of the Kh-35E missile, Morinformsystem-Agat Group CEO and General Designer
Georgy Antsev told TASS on Tuesday. Morinformsystem-Agat naval weapons
developer is upgrading the Bal coastal defense missile system. The system
will receive a modernized missile, which has a range of up to 300 kilometers
(186 miles) and can be guided via unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), he
Russian Navy Bal-E coastal defense system launcher platforms
is clear with the Bal system. The Tactical Missiles Corporation has
upgraded the Kh-35E missile. Its air-launched version has been built.
There will be the ground and sea-launched versions as well. The missile
has a good range, which is about 300 kilometers," Antsev said.
According to data from public sources, the Bal system equipped with
the Kh-35E missile has a range of 120 kilometers (74.6 miles) now.
The Bal system needs new target designation technology due to the missile’s
longer range, Antsev said.
"The upgraded Bal system is most likely to be furnished with
an unmanned aerial vehicle, which will function as a target designation
system. We are cooperating with the Kamov Design Bureau, which has a
UAV weighing about a ton. We have a partner, Radar-mms Company, which
is developing a UAV with a weight of about 500 kilograms,"
The Bal system should be equipped with underwater target designation
technology as well, the CEO said.
"We have underwater robotic systems fitted out with good sonars,
which can operate underwater and transmit data to the coast,"
The Bal-E mobile coastal missile system with the Kh-35 type anti-ship
missile was developed on the order of the Russian Navy in the late 1990s
and adopted for service in 2008. The system consists of a self-propelled
command control and communications centre, self-propelled launchers,
a transport and reloader machine and communications vehicle, a total
of up to 11 special vehicles.
The system can
conduct both single and salvo fire from any launcher, with the capability
of receiving current information from other command posts and external
reconnaissance/target designation data sources. A salvo can include
up to 32 missiles. One such salvo can thwart a combat mission carried
out by an enemy naval attack group, a landing force or a convoy.