Wednesday, August 01, 2012


More than five years ago, I speculated on using shipping containers with weapons and sensors to create auxiliary cruisers.

Russia (via my Jane's email updates) could do that if they wanted:

Russia's Morinformsistema-Agat has showcased its Club-K containerised launcher for anti-ship and land-attack missiles with the Kh-35UE (SS-N-25 Switchblade) cruise missile for the first time, Russian state media reported on 27 June. First revealed in 2010, the Club-K launcher comprises four missile tubes concealed inside a standard ISO commercial shipping container.

You'd think that Russia might want to try using these to get the numbers they need for coastal defense rather than just try to sell them.

Using them might even be good marketing, eh?