US press: Ukraine has developed a new cruise missile based on the anti-ship R-360 "Neptune"
Ukraine is developing a new cruise missile, the work was started even before the Russian special operation. According to The Drive, the development is a modified Ukrainian R-360 Neptune anti-ship missile.
According to the American publication, citing a Ukrainian military official who wished to remain anonymous, Kyiv, even before the start of the Russian military defense, began work on a new version of the Neptune anti-ship missile, designed to strike at ground targets. The work was carried out in secrecy and in a hurry, but by the beginning of the "invasion" of the Russian troops they had not been completed, since there were problems with the new guidance system. However, as emphasized, the development was in the final part.
At the moment, judging by recent events, a new cruise missile based on the Neptune has already been created and has even been used for strikes against the Crimea. In Kyiv, they claim that the Russian anti-aircraft complex at Cape Tarkhankut was hit by a new missile. In addition, the Russian Ministry of Defense for the first time reported the interception of the Neptune missile by air defense systems. It is possible that this was another attempt to use a new missile.
It is alleged that the new missile is launched from the same launcher as the anti-ship version, but has a range of up to 400 km and a warhead weighing 350 kg, while for anti-ship missiles these figures are 280 km and 150 kg, respectively. The guidance system uses GPS with pre-entered coordinates, in the last section, the missile's infrared homing system searches for and locks on to a target based on a pre-loaded image. If the attacked object does not match the specified target, the missile stops the attack. At least that's what the Americans say.
It is alleged that Kyiv is now working on increasing the range of the new missile, at the same time it is being tested. Production information is not yet available.
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