Ukraine has begun the next stage of trials for the Neptune land-based cruise missile system t the “Alibey” proving ground in the south of the Odessa region on May 27.
The Neptune cruise missile system is developed by designers of the State Enterprise, State Kyiv Design Bureau Luch, in cooperation with other state and private enterprises of the defense-industrial complex of Ukraine. The production of these missiles will be carried out in Ukraine in a closed cycle.
Сьогодні в Одеській області на державному випробувальному полігоні «Алібей» триває черговий етап випробувань вітчизняного комплексу крилатих ракет РК-360МЦ «Нептун». pic.twitter.com/cqh2MSVuMx
— Defence of Ukraine (@DefenceU) May 27, 2020
360 MC Neptune missile system is a land-based cruise missile system with an anti-ship missile (AShM) role, designed to defeat battleships such as cruisers, destroyers, frigates, corvettes, landing ships, tank landing ships and transports, which operate independently and in naval groups and landing units, as well as coastal radio-contrast targets, amid favorable and adverse weather conditions, at any time of day and year, under active fire and radio-electronic counteraction of the enemy.
The Neptune missile is reportedly based on a design of the Soviet Kh-35 anti-ship missile, however, Ukraine substantially improved the missile’s range and electronics. The maximum range of the missile is about 300 km.