Russian submarines, which are equipped with hypersonic missiles, pose a serious threat to Eastern European NATO allies in the Black Sea region, writes The National Interest.
According to the author of the article, Chris Osborne, hypersonic weapons are extremely dangerous regardless of the launch method. “Stopping rockets traveling at five times the speed of sound is a challenge for any force, and launching from submarines poses additional challenges,” he wrote.
The military expert noted that stationary land-based missile launch sites can be identified in advance. However, submarines lurk in the ocean before attack, making it harder to defend against hypersonic weapons.
The author of the article also emphasized that new technologies that reduce noise levels will help submarines reach coastal areas that are inaccessible to surface ships with deep draft.
Earlier, experts called the C-500 Prometheus complex a special challenge for NATO. The main feature of the complex will be the ability to repel hypersonic missiles, which so far are only in service with Russia. Moreover, it will be more resistant to electronic interference than its predecessor. The first tests of the S-500 took place in July and were successful.