19 Oct 2017 21:58

Russia has air-launched missiles with range of 4,500 kilometers along with Kalibr missiles - Putin

SOCHI. Oct 19 (Interfax) - Russia possesses missile systems with ranges exceeding that of Kalibr missiles and which can strike a target at a distance of 4,500 kilometers, Russian President Vladimir Putin said.

"Along with Kalibr missiles, which have a range of 1,400 kilometers, we also have other air-launched missile systems with a range of 4,500 kilometers," Putin said at a meeting of the Valdai International Discussion Club on Thursday.

Russia has air-launched and sea-based missiles, the president said. "Just look at how efficiently Kalibr [missiles] are operating, either from the Mediterranean, or the Caspian [Sea], or mid-air, or submarines, if you please, however you like," Putin said.

"We think that we have simply made the situation [with respect to missiles of different ranges in comparison with the United States] balanced now," he said.

The Russian military reported the use of air-launched Kh-101 cruise missiles, which can strike targets at a range of up to 4,500 kilometers, against militants in Syria.