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Russia claims import substitution success for guided missiles

24th March 2022 - 10:45 GMT | by Leonid Nersisyan in Yerevan

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KTRV produces the Kh-38 family of air-launched short-range modular missiles. (Photo: KTRV)

KTRV, which makes missiles such as the Iskander-M, has supposedly been able to source domestic replacements for Ukrainian engines and seeker heads — but broader problems persist for the Russian defence industry.

Boris Obnosov, head of the Tactical Missiles Corporation (KTRV), has claimed that the company has completed activities on import substitution of main components for guided missiles.

‘We have completed import substitution work on the main components,’ he announced to Russian state-run media outlet TASS. ‘The most difficult for us was the substitution of two units. These are Ukrainian small-size gas turbine engines for cruise missiles and infrared homing heads for short-range air-to-air missiles [AAMs]. Both of these tasks have now been successfully completed.’

He added: ‘As for the engines, it was done jointly with a Russian developer. As for

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Leonid Nersisyan

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Leonid Nersisyan is a defence analyst and research fellow at APRI Armenia. He is a …

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