Prior to that, Russian ships in the Caspian Sea were considered only as a local force, but now it has become clear that Kalibr high-precision cruise missile systems, which are similar to the US Tomahawk, can be also launched from small craft, such as Buyan-M missile corvettes. It is obvious that naval experts underestimated the growing hitting power of small vessels, the Defense News quoted a joint military operations professor at the US Naval War College Milan Vego as saying.
According to Washington-based naval expert at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments Brian Clark, Kalibr missiles turned Buyan-M into a ship of ‘distributed lethality'. This approach allows installing rockets on several small vessels, dispersing them in a way to be less visible, and combining them to obtain the desired impact force, explains Clark. The United States sought to implement this concept, says the expert, but Russia has shown that it has already achieved.