15 Mar 2021
Today, the prototypes of the Ukrainian mobile anti-ship cruise missile system RK-360MTs Neptune were handed over to the Naval Forces of the Ukrainian Armed Forces.
Ukraine’s Defense Minister Andriy Taran welcomed the previously announced transfer of the Neptune prototypes, the Defense Ministry press service reports.
According to the minister, the systems were produced under a state contract between the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine and the state enterprise “Kyiv State Design Bureau Luch”.
As stated, the Neptune systems will significantly enhance the capabilities of the Ukrainian armed forces in the Azov and Black Sea region. The unit concerned has already been trained in the Ukrainian Navy.
“Thanks to the joint work of the Ministry of Defense and national enterprises, it has been possible to produce a new generation of weapons that will increase Ukraine’s deterrent potential and influence at sea. Our task is to form a unique defense system by means of the Neptune systems, missiles and patrol boats, corvettes to be able to push back an enemy from the sea ”, underlined Taran.
As reported, on August 23, 2020, the Ukrainian armed forces commissioned the 360MTs Neptune missile system. The missile system is capable of destroying warships cruisers, destroyers, frigates and corvettes, as well as landing ships and transports that operate both individually and in groups. Missiles can hit targets in harsh weather conditions with active fire and electronic countermeasures.