Source: Russia will start exporting a command post killer missile.
By the end of the year, Russia will supply the first foreign customer with a launch batch of the latest X-59MKM aviation concrete-piercing missiles, capable, in particular, of destroying the enemy's protected underground control points, a military and diplomatic source told RIA Novosti.
"The first serial batch of the latest X-59MKM air-to-surface missiles will be delivered to a foreign customer by the end of this year, and final product tests are being conducted now. The missiles have unique characteristics in terms of the ability to penetrate the protection of various military structures" – the agency's interlocutor said.
The source explained that the missile is designed to hit protected stationary objects with previously known coordinates and has an additional powerful multicomponent cumulative preload in the new part to break through concrete floors, a target or a layer of earth behind which the object is hidden. The mass of the main warhead of the rocket is 320 kilograms. The X-59MKM is equipped with an inertial control system with satellite correction.
The new rocket in the export version was first presented at MAKS-2021.Russia is winning back exports from the United States.
According to the agency's interlocutor, the results of the international exhibitions MAKS-2021 and Army-2021 last summer demonstrated that "Russian military products have not lost popularity in the weapons market and, on the contrary, interest in them is growing in certain market segments." "We can say that there is a tendency to win back our positions from the main competitor-the United States" – the source added.
Earlier, Rosoboronexport reported that following the results of "MAKS" and "Army", the company signed new arms contracts worth more than 3 billion euros. Among other things, agreements were signed for the export of Su-30 fighter jets, Mi-35M/P, Mi-171SH and Mi-17V-5 attack and military transport helicopters, for the Pantsir-S1/S1M anti-aircraft missile and cannon complex, Verba anti-aircraft systems, Krasukha and Repellent Patrol electronic warfare systems, Kornet-EM anti-tank missile system, remotely controlled combat modules, weapons for ships and submarines, small arms, ammunition and aviation ammunition.
Following the results of the exhibitions, Russia signed the first contracts for the supply of its attack drones abroad.
As Dmitry Shugaev, director of the Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation, clarified at Army-2021, following the results of the forum, Russia agreed contracts with China on maritime issues, with India on land issues, as well as with Armenia, Uzbekistan, Myanmar, Belarus. In addition, the Ministry of Defense reported that an important agreement on military cooperation was signed at the Army exhibition with one of the key players in the Middle East arms market — Saudi Arabia.
To date, the volume of the current Russian portfolio of export defense orders is more than $52 billion. According to preliminary estimates, the volume of Russian arms exports in 2021 will amount to about $15 billion.