Novator 3M-54 Anti Ship Cruise Missile The 3M-54E1 and 3M-54TE1 are anti ship variants of the 3M-14 land attack cruise missile. The smaller 3M-54E1 cruises at subsonic speeds while the larger 3M-54ET1 cruises at supersonic speeds. The 3M-54 variants can target an assortment of naval ships - cruisers, destroyers, landing ships, transport vessels or missile corvettes. The missile is launched vertically from a ship or a submerged submarine. Following the vertical launch it settles down to a sea surface hugging cruise and flies an autonomous pre programmed trajectory. In proximity of the target the missile pops up to acquire it on its active homing head. Once the target is acquired the missile once again dips down to strike the target ship at an optimum point on the hull. The high explosive warhead is designed to detonate after penetrating to an optimum depth. The 3M-54 missile system is capable of simultaneously attacking one or two group targets. Its active homing head is resilient against radar noise. 3M-54E1 3M-54TE1 Length, m 6.2 8.9 Diameter, m 0.534 0.645 Mass,kg 1754 3210 Warhead Mass,k 400 400 Firing Range, Km 300 Max 300 Max Flight altitude over sea, m Cruise - 20 Terminal Phase - 5-10 Cruise - 20 Terminal Phase - 5-10 Cruise speed, m/ 180 240 Copyright Â© Vijainder K Thakur. May not be reproduced without explicit written permission.