Scientist Claims Russia
Has Built Uniquely Fast
Submarine Missile
MOSCOW, May. 14, 1999 -- (Agence France Presse) Russia has built a uniquely fast submarine missile which can travel at more than 200 knots (230 miles /368 kilometers per hour) and penetrate the defenses of all the world's fleets, a report said Thursday.
Itar-Tass news agency was quoting the head of the REGION state research institute, which developed the missile, as it was preparing to celebrate Friday its 30th anniversary.
The new missile is both fast and very effective from a technical and tactical point of view, Itar-Tass said. It has a built-in target-seeking system which would foil all attempts to escape the missile or repel it, Yevgeny Shakhijanov was quoted as saying.
"Our missile can deliver a quick and devastating blow to the hull of its target and can be used in very shallow water," he said. "When it is seeking its target, the missile operates with its engines off," he said. ( (c) 1999 Agence France Presse)