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Ukrainian Neptune anti-ship maneuvering missile system goes into service [video]

KYIV, (BM) – As reported by the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine, the head of the Ministry of Defense, Andriy Taran, signed an order to adopt the RK-360MC Neptun anti-ship maneuvering missile system into service with the Ukrainian armed forces, learned BulgarianMilitary.com viting Defence24. The first missile squadron of the Ukrainian Navy is to be re-armed with this system next year.

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In July this year. The commander of the Ukrainian Navy, Rear Admiral Oleksiy Neizpapa, announced that the first squadron armed with the RK-360MC Neptun cruise missile system will enter line service in 2021. The research and tests of the RK-360MC Neptun system at the Alibej test site in the Odessa region were to be fully successful.

In turn, the general director of the “Lucz” design office, which is the constructor of the Neptun system, assured that the production of full armaments for the entire squadron, including the fire unit, should take about 10 months.

The introduction of this system into service is to allow the reconstruction of the combat capabilities of the Ukrainian navy in the field of coastal defense, and more specifically in the fight against distant naval targets, lost as a result of the annexation of Crimea.

In 2014, the Ukrainian armed forces lost the base of the 25th Independent Missile Squadron, which was armed with the 4K51 Rubież system with P-20 and P-22 missiles with a range of approx. 40 km.

After the delivery of the first squadron module, a contract for more coastal missile squadrons is expected. The aim is to strengthen the coastal defenses, but also to increase the destruction capacity of land targets that can be fought by Neptune cruise missiles. Each of them consists of six USPU-360 launchers; six TZM-360 transport and loading vehicles; six TM-360 transport vehicles and one command post of the RKP-360 squadron.

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Each of the launchers has 24 Neptune missiles ready to be launched and 48 more on the transport and loading vehicle. The launcher was mounted on the chassis of a heavy military high-mobility truck 8 × 8 KrAZ-7634NE with an armored cabin, and the remaining vehicles of the squadron are based on the chassis of the high-mobility 6 × 6 military truck KrAZ-6322.

The main effector of the system is the RK-360 Neptune cruise missile. It is 5.5 m long, 0.38 m in diameter and has a wingspan of 1.33 m. Its take-off weight is 870 kg and the weight of the warhead is 150 kg. The maximum range is up to 300 km, and its flight follows a predetermined route at a subsonic speed (up to 0.85 Mach) at an altitude of 10 to 300 m, and in the final phase at an altitude of 3-10 m.

Ukraine has tested Neptune missile earlier this year

As we reported earlier this year Ukraine conducted test launches from its new Neptune ground-based cruise missile system; firing took place at the Alibi firing range in the Odessa region

According to Oleg Korostelev, director general of the Kiev design bureau Luch, the installation hit two sea targets at a distance of 85 and 110 km, firing two rockets at once.

In July last year, the former secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine (NSDC), Oleksandr Turchynov, stated that these cruise missiles could destroy the Crimean Bridge in a few minutes.

“Our cruise missiles will be able to destroy Russian warships of any class, not only in the Black and Azov Sea, but also in their ports. And if necessary, within a few minutes to demolish the bridge, which Russia is so proud of,” Turchinov said.

According to him, the “Neptunes” were created in an extremely tight time frame, when the threat from the Black and Azov Seas loomed over Ukraine.

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In response to his words, the State Duma deputy and the head of the LDPR party Vladimir Zhirinovsky warned that under such a scenario, Ukraine would cease to exist as a state.

A member of the Federation Council Committee on Foreign Affairs from the Republic of Crimea Sergey Tsekov also assured that both the Crimea and the Crimean Bridge have reliable protection, so they will not suffer.

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