First Bal coastal defense missile system arrives for Russian Caspian flotilla

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MOSCOW, January 30. / TASS /. An official ceremony was held in the Republic of Dagestan to hand over the first Bal coastal defense missile system to the Caspian flotilla, Russia’s Southern Military District press office reported on Thursday.

“The first Bal coastal defense missile system entered service with the Caspian flotilla. Its official handover took place in the Republic of Dagestan,” the press office said in a statement.

As clarified by the press office, the Bal is designated for the coastal defense of the permanent bases of the ships which ensure the security of the land troops of the Caspian Sea and of the Caspian flotilla. System teams can fire missiles in bursts or perform single launches at the specified time.

“Most of its flight time, a missile flies over the surface of the sea, saving ammunition and complicating its interception and destruction by missile defense capabilities. A Bal launcher is capable of firing a salvo of over 50 missiles in no time. time, “the press service said.

The Bal Coastal Defense Missile System is mounted on the high-capacity cross-country chassis of the MZKT-7930 special truck, which makes it possible to assume firing positions over rough terrain. The system is armed with anti-cruise ship missiles with a range of several hundred kilometers.

The Bal coastal defense system with the Kh-35 anti-ship missile is designed to control territorial waters and straits, defend naval bases, other coastal facilities and infrastructure, and areas vulnerable to amphibious assaults. The Coastal Defense Missile System is capable of operating in all weather conditions, day or night, with its fully autonomous guidance after launches, under heavy fire and jamming from an enemy.


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