Kh-55 had a CEP of 200m. Most of, if not all of them would be nuclear. So they had 0 missiles for conventional Attack that's why they made Kh-101 and used this new version for a nuclear more stealth version that is the 102.
They didn't have any aircraft large enough to carry cruise missiles that were tasked with conventional strike to use conventionally armed cruise missiles anyway.
They had nuke armed Kh-55s and then nuke armed Kh-555s during the 1980s and 1990s.
The Kh101/102 introduced terminal guidance that combined accurate gyros (ie ring laser gyros) and GLONASS guidance that was not available in the 1980s and 1990s.
It was the same at sea.... the SS-N-21 was nuclear only but the Kalibr family introduced accurate guidance that allowed point targets to be engaged with precision so a conventional warhead became an option.
Kh-101 and Kh-102 are the exact same missile with the same guidance and the same engine... the only difference is warhead.
Like I already said not long ago, the fires of Kalibrs in Syria are probably tests of new hardwares and softwares in the missiles each time. Those fire last week shouldn't be the same as those fired the first time.
They will be continually improving the design but at the end of the day they would not use something otherwise untested.... on a range they can examine the target and check for performance more accurately than a strike in enemy territory during a war.
They will test performance against real targets which is also useful, but they wont have a first test in a war.
Tomahawk is older but still very dangerous and capable missile. It's not because new technology is available that the older one becomes obsolete. BTW they are using those Kalibr for the basis of the Iskander cruise missile, not the Kh-101.
They are using Kalibr for Iskander because Raduga makes aircraft launched missiles and is part of a Tactical missiles company.
Novator is part of Almaz-Antei and makes lots of missiles for the ground forces...
Sure they have to upgrade it but why replace it by something that will have the same caracteristics ??
What do you mean same characteristics?
Kalibr has a flight range of 2,500km, Kh-101 has a flight range of 5,500km.
I've read that Russia upgraded its Kh-101 after the first fires in Syria, so it means they were not perfect.
They upgraded pretty much everything they have tested in Syria... that was the point of testing them in Syria.
If you tell to replace by a hypersonic missiles with a range of 10 000km, OK but Kh-101 and Kalibr have the same caracteristics, but kalibr consists of a family of missile so its logic for the navy to keep them for the maintenance and logistics ...
Kalibr wont be replaced by a hypersonic missile.. Onyx will be replaced by hypersonic Ziron. 2,500km range Kalibr will be replaced with 5,500km range Kalibr-2.
[quote] You have laser weapons on Mig-35 (that doesn't even still have a proper AESA), you have supercarriers, small carriers, 1000+ project of vehicles of all types ... and in reallty we see just some corvettes and some upgraded t-72 going in service ...[/qutoe]
What the fuck are you whining about?
MiG-35 has DIRCMs... DIRCMs use infra red lasers to dazzle and damage the optical guidance sensors of IR and IIR and optically guided missiles.
It does not carry a laser gun because the 30mm cannon it is fitted with is much more effective and much cheaper.
They are developing a three whole new vehicle families that will replace all current existing types... the west does not even come close, though it has been talking about doing something rather less ambitious for the last 30 years they have not come up with anything.
The number of articles in pro Russian medias that I've seen about super-weapons where they quotes officials in the last years is unbelievable, total BS each time. Every one of them had no future.
PAK FA... getting ready for serial production.
Iskander... in widespread use and full production.
S-400 ... in use and in full production and being exported.
S-500 practically ready entering production in the next year or two.
Corvettes that have more fucking firepower than any NATO country including the US... which US corvette can destroy precision land targets 2,500km away?
Corvettes that can do what 10 years ago only a US cruiser or US attack submarine could do...
Ratnik, Verba, late model Pantsir and BUK and TOR are pretty untouchable... Kornet, Hermes, I could go on but why bother.