Saturday, March 31, 2012 10:57:12 PM
Since no one has figured it out yet.....by having it take off from the water the blast from the rocket motor won't be near the ship and as that is a small ship that`s a real issue. It also has to go below wave level so it can achieve an initial trajectory that is truer and not affected by wave action
Saturday, March 31, 2012 3:03:29 PM
Just did some Googling. It's the RPK-2 Viyuga rocket: Soviet design, first deployed in 1973, and still used by the Russian navy. It can be launched from a ship (as here) or by a sub and can carry a conventional or nuclear payload 28 miles at subsonic speed.