During the tests of the Neptune cruise missiles, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko promised to equip the Ukrainian Navy and Land Forces with these missile systems "within extremely short timeframes".
“Today we are ready to complete the tests. And I gave the order, to put the system into service and arm the units of the Navy and the Land Forces within extremely short timeframes ,” said Poroshenko.
Neptune missiles are designed to destroy enemy ships with a displacement of up to 5 thousand tons, as well as ground targets. Their development in Ukraine has been conducted by State Design Bureau Luch since 2013. The systems were developed on the basis of the Soviet Kh-35 missile.
The last series of the Neptune missile tests was held at the Ukrainian Armed Forces testing ground in the Odessa region. Poroshenko praised the increase of the missile range which was achieved by the manufacturer of the missiles, the Luch design Bureau.
Previous tests of Neptune missiles were held in the Odessa region in August and December last year.