October 26, 2016 - Fort Russ News -
PolitRussia - translated by J. Arnoldski -
Russian helicopters based on the Admiral Kuznetsov heavy aircraft carrier will test the newest “Germes” long-range guided anti-tank missiles against terrorists in Syria. Unlike other weapons of this class whose range does not exceed 10 kilometers, these new missiles are capable of hitting targets at three times a greater distance.
“Currently, a small batch of missiles has been prepared to be tested with Ka-52 helicopters. Their testing in combat will help the final design of the missile system set to become the standard weapon of ‘Alligator’ Russian attack helicopters. Earlier, Germes were planned to be tested with Ka-52 helicopters already based at Hmeimim, but there were difficulties with fine-tuning the missiles. Now it has been decided to test the Germes in more difficult conditions with ship-basing,” a source from Russia’s military-industrial complex told the newspaper Izvestiya.
The Tula Construction Design Bureau started to develop the Germes in the middle of the 1990’s. Despite the fact that the complex is classified as an anti-tank missile, such missiles are capable of hitting all sorts of targets in a row, including fortifications, buildings, and clusters of enemy forces. The Germes’ speed is close to hypersonic and the only existing missile of the same class in the world capable of competing with it is the Israeli Spike-NLOS.
It should be noted that the testing of Russian long-range guided anti-tank missiles in combat conditions also represents an advertisement for selling Germes to Egypt which intends to purchase Mistral helicopters armed with such missiles. Experts believe that given the difficult relations between Cairo and Tel Aviv, the Egyptians are interested in missiles superior to Israel’s long-range ones.
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