A Ukrainian cruise missile blew up a Russian submarine from the inside | Albiseyler

A Ukrainian cruise missile blew up a Russian submarine from the inside

Ukrainian Storm Shadow cruise missile that knocked out a Russian Black Sea Fleet submarine Rostov-on-Don during the night raid on the fleet anchorage in Sevastopol in the occupied Crimea on September 13, it did not only damage Kiloclass ship in its dry dock – blew it up from the inside.

Photos showing the wreckage of the submarine that appeared online on Monday tell a clear story. Outside, billowing metal at Storm Shadow’s impact point amidships at 240 feet and 3,100 tons Rostov-on-Donshows the missile pierced the nine-year-old vessel’s hull before exploding.

This was intentional. The British firm BAE Systems has specially developed the 880-pound Bomb Royal Ordnance Augmented Charge Storm Shadow warhead to destroy resistant targets such as underground bunkers. But of course a “tandem” mount with two warheads works just as well against ships.

Ukraine’s air force and navy have additional deep-strike weapons with a range — just under 200 miles — to hit Sevastopol from within Ukrainian lines. For example, the Navy’s Harpoon and Neptune launched anti-ship missiles from the ground in land attack modes. Or the Air Force’s huge S-200 anti-aircraft missiles that the Ukrainians are now deploying in ground strike mode.

But the planners in Kiev wanted to destroy the warships. Specifically, the warships resting inside the dry dock belonging to the 13th Ship Repair Plant in Sevastopol. The layers of concrete and steel that Ukrainian munitions would have to contend with practically begged for a tandem warhead.

And while the 2,900-pound Storm Shadow—which the Ukrainian Air Force has integrated with its Sukhoi Su-24M bombers—is not only a missile in the Ukrainian inventory with a tandem warhead, it may be the best.

Here’s how it works: when the low-flying Storm Shadow — guided by a combination of GPS, terrain adaptation and infrared imaging — finally hits its target, a fuze in the nose first fires a small shaped warhead. This warhead punches a hole in the outermost layer of earth, concrete or metal – clearing the way for the missile. second warhead to sink into the target before exploding.

“This warhead design allows cruise missiles to achieve a degree of penetration through hard targets previously only possible using laser-guided gravity bombs,” he explained Fabian Hoffmann, a proliferation researcher at the University of Oslo. “As such, the Storm Shadow is an incredibly effective weapon against sharper targets if it can be brought on target.

Kremlin he insisted will repair and return to service two warships that burned in the Sevastopol dry dock on September 13. But the damage that Storm Shadow caused Rostov-on-Don makes a mockery of this claim. As dramatic as the external damage on the submarine appears – the damage inside the ship is clearly much, much worse.

Rostov-on-Don she is damaged beyond repair, making her the first submarine lost in combat by the Russian or Soviet navies since World War II.

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