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Yasen-M submarines to get capability to fire Kalibr and Onyx missiles.

| 2021

According to information published by Tass on April 21, 2021, the nuclear-powered submarine Kazan made a salvo launch of two missiles from a vertical launcher and a torpedo tube during state trials.
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Russia’s improved Project 885M (Yasen-M) nuclear-powered submarines will feature the capability of salvo-launching Kalibr-PL and Oniks cruise missiles, a source in the domestic defense industry told TASS on Tuesday.

In November 2020, "the Kazan made a salvo during state trials, which confirmed the possibility of such launches," the source said. A Kalibr-PL cruise missile was fired from a vertical launcher against a coastal target while an Oniks missile was launched from a torpedo tube against a surface target. Both targets were successfully struck, the source specified.

TASS has no official confirmation of this information yet. The Research and Production Association of Machine-Building, the developer and manufacturer of Oniks cruise missiles, declined to comment on this information.

It was reported in early April that shipbuilders would deliver the improved Project 885M (Yasen-M) lead nuclear-powered submarine Kazan to the Russian Fleet by Navy Day that will be celebrated on July 25 this year.

The Project 885M lead nuclear-powered submarine Kazan was floated out at the Sevmash Shipyard on March 31, 2017. The sub entered shipbuilders’ sea trials on September 25, 2018.

The timeframe of the sub’s delivery to the Russian Navy was numerously rescheduled. The nuclear-powered sub failed to fulfil the planned program of state trials on schedule for some reasons. The Sevmash Shipyard press office announced on December 31 that the Kazan would be delivered to the Navy in 2021.

It was reported that the Kazan had fulfilled the program of Kalibr and Oniks cruise missile launches during the trials and no other launches were planned.

Project 885/885M submarines are armed with Kalibr-PL and Oniks cruise missiles and will eventually carry Tsirkon hypersonic missiles as their basic weapons.

The 3M-54 Kalibr is a group of Russian surface ships -, submarine-launched and airborne anti-ship and coastal anti ship (AShM), land attack cruise missiles (LACM) and anti-submarine missiles developed by the Novator Design Bureau (OKB-8).

The P-800 Oniks is a Soviet / Russian supersonic anti-ship cruise missile developed by NPO Mashinostroyeniya as a ramjet version of P-80 Zubr.

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