KYIV, (BM) – 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, learned BulgarianMilitary.com citing Gazeta.ru.
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.
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.
“But the consequences for Ukraine will be the most deplorable,” he assured.
The defense of the Crimean bridge is built according to the A2 / AD (anti access / area denial) system: land, sea and air are protected around the facility. The duty is on the Pantsir, Tor, Buk-M2 anti-aircraft missile systems and the latest S-400 Triumph air defense systems.
In April of this year, the director of the Ukrainian Pavlograd Chemical Plant Leonid Shiman warned that if Russia undertakes a large-scale offensive, Ukraine could strike with the Alder multiple launch rocket system (MLRS).
Shiman specified that strikes could be inflicted on such Russian critical infrastructure facilities as the Kamensky refinery in the Rostov Region.
At the same time, he drew attention to the fact that out of all long-range missiles, Kiev launched mass production of only the Alder. The first batch was released on order in 2019.
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