Ukraine Test-Fires Neptune Cruise Missile System

Ukraine successfully test-fired its Neptune land-based cruise missile system in the south of the Odessa region at the “Alibey” proving ground on April 2, the National Security and Defense Council (NSDC) announced.

During the firing of the Neptune land-based cruise missile system, the tactical and technical characteristics, particularly the hitting range and accuracy for naval targets were checked. The sea targets were hit at the specified range.

NSDC has set the task of developing, large-scale production of the latest missilery models, in particular, providing the Armed Forces of Ukraine with cruise missile systems to enhance their naval combat potential in the Black and Azov seas.

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.

“The development of the missile program is also one of the priorities of the development of the Armed Forces of Ukraine and is conducted with the active participation of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine, the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine”, said an NSDC statement.

360 MC Neptune missile system is a land-based cruise missile system with an anti-ship missile (AShM), 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.

Neptune Cruise Missile
Neptune cruise missile.

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.

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