Moskit Cruise Missiles

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Recently, Russia's Defense Ministry says Moscow has test-fired two Moskit cruise missiles in the Sea of Japan.

About Moskit Cruise Missiles:

  • It is a supersonic anti-ship cruise missile that has conventional and nuclear warhead capacity
  • It has the fastest flying speed among all anti-ship missiles in today's world.
  • It reaches Mach 3 at a high altitude and its maximum low-altitude speed is M2.2.
  • It is capable of destroying a ship within a range of up to 120 kilometres.

What are cruise missiles?

  • A cruise missile either locates its target or has a preset target.
  • It navigates using a guidance system such as inertial or beyond visual range satellite GPS guidance and comprises a payload and aircraft propulsion system.
  • Cruise missiles can be launched from land, sea or air for land attacks and anti-shipping purposes, and can travel at subsonic, supersonic and hypersonic speeds.
  • They stay relatively close to the surface of the earth, cannot be detected easily by anti-missile systems, and are designed to carry large payloads with high precision.

What are Ballistic Missiles?

  • Ballistic Missiles are launched directly into the upper layers of the earth’s atmosphere.
  • They travel outside the atmosphere, where the warhead detaches from the missile and falls towards a predetermined target.
  • They are rocket-propelled self-guided weapons systems which can carry conventional or nuclear munitions. They can be launched from aircraft, ships and submarines, and land.


Q1) What is the Global Positioning System?

The Global Positioning System (GPS) is a U.S.-owned utility that provides users with positioning, navigation, and timing (PNT) services.

Source: Russia says it has test-fired missiles in the Sea of Japan