Ukraine is to put three R-360 Neptune missile divisions on combat, the director of the Ukrainian state-owned enterprise NPO Pavlograd Chemical Plant, Leonid Shiman said.
Shiman said that during a visit to the plant by Ukrainian Interior Minister Arsen Avakov.
“… I think that in the coming weeks we will, once again, begin to produce missile systems for the needs of the Ministry of Defense … This also applies to Neptune, because there has been an order to put three divisions on combat duty,” Shiman said on June 6th when Avakov was visiting.
According to preliminary data, the division of the coastal anti-ship missile system Neptune includes 6 USPU-360 launchers with 24 cruise missiles, and the corresponding number of transport-loading (TZM-360) and transport vehicles (TM-360).
In general, one division is armed with 72 R-360 cruise missiles (4 anti-ship missiles on each of the 6 vehicles – USPU-360, TZM-360 and TM-360).
Thus, according to a statement by Leonid Shiman, it is planned to produce at least 216 missiles for the coastal version of the complex, which will arm the three RK-360MC divisions, which together include 24 launchers.
Given the full ammunition at the storage bases, the number of missiles ordered can be several times more.
Currently, the land-based version of the Neptune missile system is undergoing state tests with practical missile launches at sea targets. According to the original plan, they should be completed in the second quarter of 2020.
In particular, over April and May 2020, three flight tests were carried out at the State range of the Armed Forces of Ukraine “Alibey,” during which seven R-360 cruise missiles were launched.
The possibilities of hitting a sea target at a distance of about 100 km were tested. The tests involved radio interference for the homing head of the anti-ship missiles and the simultaneous launch of two missiles at different targets that were located at a distance of more than 20 km from each other.
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