India plans to purchase the Kalibr cruise missiles from Russia, the Russian Izvestia newspaper reports.
MOSCOW Izvestia explains that the Kalibr export version will have a significantly reduced flight distance – as short as 300 kilometers (186 miles]), in order not to violate the provisions of international agreements that prohibit the export of missiles with a greater flight distance.
“These will be, essentially, the same missiles as the ones used in Syria,” a diplomatic source told the newspaper on Thursday.
Last week, a diplomatic source told RIA Novosti that the Russian Black Sea warships equipped with Kalibr cruise missiles will remain in eastern Mediterranean at least until September. The missile ships have carried out several Kalibr launches against the Jabhat Fatah al Sham (also known as Jabhat al-Nusra, or Nusra Front) terrorist group in Syria.