"May 31, 2015: China is making angry noises to the UN, Vietnam and
Russia about the little publicized Russian sale of Klub submarine launched
cruise missiles to Vietnam. China wasn’t happy about Russia selling Vietnam six
Kilo class diesel electric submarines in 2009. Russia and Vietnam were quiet
about the sale of 50 Klub missiles but the news eventually got out, in part
because 28 of the Klub missiles have already been delivered,… The [Russian 3M54 (also known as the SS-N-27, Sizzler or Klub)] anti-ship missiles
can also be aimed at targets on land and that’s what really bothers the Chinese…
Weighing two tons, and fired from a 533mm (21 inch) torpedo tube
on a Kilo class sub, the 3M54 has a 200 kg (440 pound) warhead. The anti-ship
version has a range of 300 kilometers, but speeds up to 3,000 kilometers an
hour during its last minute or so of flight. There are also air launched and
ship launched versions. The land attack version does away with the high speed
final approach feature and that makes possible a larger 400 kg (880 pound)
What makes the 3M54 particularly dangerous when attacking ships is
that during its final approach, which begins when the missile is about 15
kilometers from its target, the missile speeds up. Up to that point, the
missile travels at an altitude of about 30 meters (a hundred feet). This makes
the missile more difficult to detect. That plus the high speed final approach
means that it covers that last fifteen kilometers in less than twenty seconds.
This makes it more difficult for current anti-missile weapons to take it down."
submarine [HQ-185 Khánh Hoà] is currently carried by the Dutch-registered
Rolldock Storm] which is on its way to Vietnam.
docking at a port in the Canary Islands off the southern coast of Morocco for
submarine is scheduled to be delivered to Cam Ranh Port in late June.
thefifthsubmarine codenamed HQ-186 Da Nangcompleted a two-week trial run [in the Baltic Sea near Russia] and returned to Svetly Shipyard (Kaliningrad, Russia) on
Thursday, according to Russian media.
three submarines named after Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City and Hai Phong, arrived in
Vietnam in 2014 and early 2015.
of thesixth and lastone, HQ-187 Ba Ria-Vung Tau, is
scheduled for .
submarines are built under a US$2-billion deal signed during a Prime Minister
Nguyen Tan Dung's visit to Russia in 2009.
deliver all by 2016, train Vietnamese crews, and supply necessary spare