Bal-E coastal missile system to defend Russia coast of Caspian Sea
BAL-E mobile coastal system The Bal-E modern coastal missile system (CMS) has entered service in the coastal missile unit of the Cas...
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The Bal-E modern coastal missile system (CMS) has entered service in the coastal missile unit of the Caspian Flotilla formed this year. Spokesman for the Southern Military District Col. Igor Gorbul told Itar-Tass that “specialists of the Kaluga-based Typhoon plant are currently tuning the radar equipment and consolidating the entire system of the complex control into a single network.” “During 2011 part of the battalion’s officers underwent training at special courses at the plant,” he said.
The Bal-E mobile coastal missile system with the KH-35 type anti-ship missile was developed on the order of the Russian Navy in the late 1990s and adopted for service in 2008. The system consists of a self-propelled command control and communications centre, self-propelled launchers, a transport and reloader machine and communications vehicle, a total of up to 11 special vehicles.
The coastal missile system is capable of hitting targets at ranges up to 120 kilometers at any time and under any weather conditions. The time of deployment after a march - 10 minutes, cruising range - 850 kilometers, ammunition - 64 missiles, the number of missiles in one salvo - 32.
The firepower of a Bal-E squadron is able to foil the fulfillment of a combat mission of a major naval strike group, an amphibious unit, or a potential enemy convoy. The squadron’s launchers can be set at hidden positions at a distance of 10 kilometers from the coast.
“During the 2012 training year, the rocketeers of the Caspian Flotilla will perform at least three rocket launches on sea surface targets imitators,” Gorbul said.
The Bal-E mobile coastal missile system is designed: to control straits and territorial waters; to protect naval bases, other coastal installations and infrastructures; to defend coastline in probable landing approach areas. The missile system can conduct combat actions, providing fully autonomous afterlaunch missile guidance in fair and adverse weather conditions, by day and night, under enemy fire and electronic countermeasures.
The system can conduct both single and salvo fire from any launcher, with the capability of receiving current information from other command posts and external reconnaissance/target designation data sources. A salvo can include up to 32 missiles. One such salvo can thwart a combat mission carried out by an enemy naval attack group, a landing force or a convoy.