First launch of the Kh-35 Uran anti-ship cruise missile (photo Russia Today)
First launch of the Kh-35 Uran anti-ship cruise missile (photo Russia Today)

Shot from serval angles, the footage of the first launch of the Kh-35 Uran anti-ship cruise missile from aboard the modernized Smerch (tornado) fast attack craft has been released by Russia’s Defense Ministry.

During trials in the Sea of Japan, the missile successfully destroyed a floating target at a distance of 50 kilometers.

The Kh-35 (NATO reporting name:’Uranus’, SS-N-25 ‘Switchblade’) turbojet subsonic cruise anti-ship missile has been in service with the Russian Navy since 2003. The projectile is designed to hit vessels of up to 5,000 tons and can also be launched from helicopters and coastal defense installations with the use of a booster.

First launch of the Kh-35 Uran anti-ship cruise missile (photo Russia Today)
First launch of the Kh-35 Uran anti-ship cruise missile (photo Russia Today)

The launch followed firings of the AK-176MA 77mm automatic gun, and AK-670 30mm six-barrel artillery system, which were also installed on the corvette during the modernization.

The Smerch small missile ship was built in 1984 and required modernization, which began in early 2017. During this time, the vessel had its Malakhit missile system replaced with the modern Uran. It now carries 16 cruise missiles. The corvette’s other systems and machinery were also replaced with modern versions.

Modernized Smerch (tornado) fast attack craft (photo Russia Today)
Modernized Smerch (tornado) fast attack craft (photo Russia Today)

The fast attack ship is expected to rejoin Russia’s Pacific Fleet by the end of the year.

NOTE: This article first appeared at Russia Today.