Russia has launched serial production of APR-3ME air-to-submarine missile

According to information released by the Russian press agency TASS on June 25, 2021, The Tactical Missiles Corporation (KTRV) has launched serial production of the advanced APR-3ME air-to-submarine missile.
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Russian Vyborg Shipyard laid the Purga ice class coastguard ship of project 23550 925 001APR-3ME Grif anti-submarine torpedo showcased on Tactical Missiles Corporation stand at MAKS 2017. (Picture source Navy Recognition)

“Serial production of the APR-3ME air-to-submarine missile has been launched. The first batch has been delivered,” Obnosov said. According to the CEO, work is in progress to develop new examples of air-to-submarine torpedoes.

“There are plans to develop a small air-to-submarine torpedo to replace the APR-3ME air-to-submarine missile. The torpedo will be significantly superior to existing models in terms of range,” Obnosov said. According to him, the corporation is currently developing a versatile mine system.

“The versatile mine system provides for target selection in a wide range of parameters and processing of information about targets with the use of modern algorithms, including artificial intelligence,” the CEO added.

The APR-3ME is a new generation of air-launched anti-submarine missiles designed to destroy underwater threats moving at a speed of up to 80 km at a maximum depth of 800 m. The missile can be launched from Tupolev Tu-142ME and Ilyushin Il-38SD maritime patrol aircraft, as well as Kamov Ka-28 helicopters.

The APR-3ME missile has a length of 3.25 m and a diameter of 350mm. It has a weight of around 475 kg and is powered by a solid-fuel turbo-waterjet engine, producing a top speed of 36 m/s. The missile is fitted with a HE (High Explosive) warhead coupled to a three-mode fuse (contact/acoustic proximity/time delay).

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