Russia’s Defence Ministry is to develop a land-based version of the Kalibr naval missile system and increase the range of land-based missile systems currently in development. Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shouigu made the announcement during a meeting in the Defence Ministry in Moscow on Tuesday.
The announcement comes in response to the US withdrawal from the INF Treaty.
“The USA stopped fulfilling their obligations under the INF Treaty from 2 February. At the same time, they are actively working on producing land-based missiles with a range of over 500 kilometres, which exceeds the agreed limitations,” Shoigu said.
“In 2019 and 2020, we must develop a land-based version of the Kalibr long-range naval missile system, which has proved its effectiveness in Syria,” he said.
“It is important to expand the range of the land-based missile systems being developed today,” he concluded.
On 2 February, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced Moscow’s intention to suspend observance of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty as “a symmetrical response” to Washington’s decision.