TheArmenian wrote:Big_Gazza wrote:Alternatively, they may be planning to carry the anti-ship kalibre model with the Mach3 sea-skimmer rocket-powered terminal attack stage. Not much gets said about this variant, but its likely to be at least as lethal as an Oniks, and with its subsonic sea-skimmer approach it would be harder to defend against than an fast Oniks cruising at higher altitudes.
Quite the opposite.
The anti-ship version of Kalibr is subsonic in the initial part and supersonic in the final attack stage.
Yes, i could have written it a little better. Kalibre AShM is a subsonic low-altitude, near sea-skimmer for its cruise stage, then releases its M3 terminal attack stage for the final run to target. My point is that when in its subsonic cruise stage at low altitude, the Kalibre is more difficult to defend against than a larger supersonic Granit at a higher cruise altutude.
Of course, when its a small M3 rocket coming in just above wave height its a friggin' nightmare!