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Neptune: Anti-Ship Cruise Missile

Neptune: Anti-Ship Cruise Missile

Ukraine claimed that it has damaged the Russian Black Sea Fleet Flagship ‘Moskva’ by Neptune Anti-Ship Cruise Missiles.

  • The Neptune is a coastal anti-ship cruise missile that is capable of the destruction of naval vessels in a range of 300 km.
  • The Missile system was inducted into the Ukrainian Defence Forces in March 2021 after being in development for six years.
  • The cruise missile was developed in haste by the military as the Russian threat to the coastal areas of Ukraine was growing rapidly since the occupation of Crimea in 2014.
  • The design of this missile is based on a Russian Kh-35 cruise missile which goes by the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) name of AS-20 Kayak.
  • The cruise missile attack was carried out using TB-2 drones as decoys along with other measures toward saturation of the cruiser’s Air Defence systems.
  • Moskva is a guided missile cruiser of the Russian Navy named after the city of Moscow.
  • A cruiser is a large surface warship built for high speed and great cruising radius, capable of not only defending its own fleet and coastlines but also threatening those of the enemy.
  • The Moskva was originally commissioned as the Slava in 1983.
  • It was recommissioned in 2000 as the Moskva with refurbished weapon systems and electronics.
  • It has a displacement of 12,490 tons.
  • It is the flagship of the Black Sea Fleet of the Russian Navy and carries a crew of around 500 personnel.

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