Bal Coastal Defense System Enters Service with Russia’s Caspian Flotilla

Bal coastal anti-ship missile system has entered service with Russian Navy’s Caspian flotilla, the Defence Ministry announced.

The Bal system is intended for the coastal defense of places of permanent deployment of ships that provide security in the Caspian sea and land units of the Caspian flotilla.

Bal (‘Ball’, SSC-6 ‘Sennight’, GRAU 3K60) is a Russian coastal missile system equipped with Zvezda Kh-35/Kh-35E subsonic anti-ship cruise missiles. The system is designed to attack naval vessels up to 5,000 tonnes.

A Bal system has four self-propelled launcher vehicles each carrying eight missiles for a total of 32 missiles in a salvo, plus reloads for another wave. The launchers can be up to 10 km from the coast and hit targets at ranges up to 120 km (75 mi; 65 nmi). In 2015, plans were announced to equip the Bal system with an upgraded version of the Kh-35E to increase range to 300 km (190 mi; 160 nmi).

The system is mounted on an MZKT-7930 8×8 high mobility truck chassis, which allows the crew to take firing positions on the unprepared coast.

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