The Ukrainian-made Neptun cruise missile has been successfully tested in the Odessa province, Ukrainian Defense Minister Stepan Poltorak announced on Wednesday, December 5.
Ukrainian cruise missiles launched from the new Neptun coastal anti-ship systems were successfully tested for range and accuracy against above-water targets, and important results were obtained during the exercise.
“The task that was set today for the cruise missiles was to test the range and accuracy of destroying above-water targets,” said Oleksandr Turchynov, Secretary of Ukraine’s National Security and Defense Council, after the completion of the tests at a military firing ground in the Odessa province. He added that a target had been destroyed at a distance of 280 km.
Aircraft were used to check long-range results, and a special point was set up on Snake Island.
The development of prospective anti-ship weaponry, in particular the new Neptune system and its cruise missiles with a range of 300 km, is being carried out by the Luch State Kyiv Design Bureau.
Defense Minister Poltorak said that the upgraded S-125 anti-air missile system had also been tested successfully. He emphasized that work to modernize the weaponry will continue.
Earlier, Ukrainian troops took part in an exercise on the coast of the Sea of Azov. In the drill, they practiced firing at an imaginary enemy’s landing ships using an Urahan multiple rocket launcher.