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According to Russian media, the occupiers will concentrate all their forces on missile weapons that are already flying. Due to a lack of resources and technology, it is possible that other projects have also been closed.
The Kremlin is halting work on the Zmeevik long-range anti-ship missile project and others to focus on existing projects. This was reported by the state propaganda agency TASS.
Sources of the publication in the military-industrial complex stated that work on the “Snake” was frozen.
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“Work on the Zmeevik project has been frozen, as all defense industry efforts are now aimed at improving all missile weapons already flying,” said the unnamed interlocutor.
Defense Express also noted that all efforts are aimed at improving existing developments and this may mean freezing other projects. Due to Western sanctions, they may lack resources and spare parts. However, the concentration of forces on a few projects is threatening for Ukraine.
Project Serpentine is an anti-ship missile that was first publicly announced in July 2022. The Russian Federation claims that the complex was similar to the Chinese DF-21D and DF-26 – these are medium-range solid-fuel ballistic missiles with a damage radius of up to 1,500 and 5,000 km, respectively. Homing heads allow you to hit ships and aircraft carriers. The warhead could be nuclear.
Experts also do not rule out the possibility that Moscow could develop a medium-range missile under the guise of an anti-ship missile, which was limited by the Arms Proliferation Treaty. However, in 2019, the Russian Federation withdrew from the agreement, so nothing now stands in the way.
Recall that on September 22, the Russian Aerospace Forces received a modernized A-50U aircraft, which is now capable of detecting a larger number of targets.
On September 17, the Russian Federation announced the receipt of new X-BD cruise missiles.