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Prototypes of Neptune system handed over to Ukrainian Navy.

| 2021

According to a press release published by Interfax on March 15, 2021, prototypes of the Ukrainian coastal missile system with Neptune anti-ship missiles were transferred to the Naval Forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine on Monday, the information and press department of the Ministry of Defense said.
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Russian Vyborg Shipyard laid the Purga ice class coastguard ship of project 23550 925 001 The “Neptune” land-based cruise missile system (Picture source: Ukraine Army General Staff)

Defense Minister Andriy Taran noted that the systems manufactured under a state contract between the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine and Kyiv-based Luch State Design Bureau will significantly enhance the capabilities of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in the Azov-Black Sea region. According to him, the corresponding unit has already been formed in the Ukrainian Navy.

"Thanks to the joint work of the Defense Ministry and state-owned enterprises, it was possible to manufacture weapons of a new generation, and increase the deterrent potential and increase Ukraine's influence at sea. Our 'home task' is to include the Neptune system, missile and patrol boats, as well as corvettes into a single defense system that can repel the enemy from the sea," Taran said.

The Neptune missile system is a land-based cruise missile system with an anti-ship missile, designed to defeat battleships such as cruisers, destroyers, frigates, corvettes, landing ships, tank landing ships and transports, which operate independently and in naval groups and landing units, as well as coastal radio-contrast targets, amid favorable and adverse weather conditions, at any time of day and year, under active fire and radio-electronic counteraction of the enemy.

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