Russia launches serial production of anti-submarine warfare missile
The new system can also be used by other modern aircraft and helicopters of the Russian Navy
MOSCOW, May 13. /TASS/ The Research and Production Enterprise ‘Region’ (part of Tactical Missiles Corporation) has launched a new APR-3M air-launched anti-submarine warfare missile into serial production, Enterprise CEO Igor Krylov told TASS on Monday.
"All the trials of the APR-3M missile have been completed, the process of its serial production has been organized and its deliveries to the Russian Defense Ministry are underway. In the near future, we will also start promoting this missile for exports. The APR-3M is integrated into the armament of a Ka-27M modernized anti-submarine warfare helicopter," the chief executive said.
The new system can also be employed by other modern aircraft and helicopters of the Russian Navy’s naval aviation, he added.
"Considering that this missile is a hi-tech digital weapon, it can also be used from [other] modern aircraft," Krylov said.
The APR-3M anti-submarine warfare missile is a follow-up of the APR-1, APR-2 and APR-3 missiles that were in service with the Soviet and Russian Navies. These munitions are among the world’s most effective anti-submarine warfare weapons.
On the surface a great story, a positive story of a new weapon system passing testing and entering service.
I have a book called Russias Arms 2001-2002, which is basically advertising directly from Russian weapons manufacturers... and it mentions the APR-3ME as the upgrade for the APR-3E back then, so these weapons are not exactly new... I rather suspect they have finally gotten proper funding to complete development and testing and are now going in to service... which is sad... but not totally surprising.... anti sub warfare is very highly technical and expensive and because it is so expensive it is often rather low down on the spending list... a bit like mine warfare ships... it is countries with real war experience against a powerful enemy that spend money on that sort of thing... most other military forces see it as a way to save money by not spending any.
Of course the next article says they are fitting anti torpedo torpedos to their ships, which no one else does.
Would also add that there was not much hugely wrong with the APR-3E missiles, the APR-3ME just does a better job against a wider range of targets.
As far as I can tell the APR-3ME is fully digital so it might have taken this long to domestically develop all the electronic components for production, it also has a more efficient pumpjet that can work for a longer period.
It is 50kgs lighter than previous models, 475kgs vs 525kgs of older models, and it is shorter as well at 3.2 metres compared with the 3.6+ metres of older models.
It is used from aircraft but can also be loaded into ballistic rockets for high speed delivery to areas where subs are detected.
The family are all 350mm calibre weapons.