Kyiv will be able to create a "powerful" anti-ship cruise missile next year, stated Valentin Badrak, Head of the Ukrainian Center for Army, Conversion and Disarmament Studies.
According to the Ukrainian expert, the new anti-ship cruise missile will be able to hit "any target" at a distance of 280-300 kilometers.
"This is a powerful mobile surface weapon that can be used by the Coast Guard," said Badrak, adding that the missile will become a "psychological factor" of deterrence against Russia.
At the same time, he admitted that the sea has always been the "weakest place" for Ukraine and the corresponding weapons were created “based on the residual principle", which significantly affected their quality. He stressed that Ukraine has limited response capacity, which, in his opinion, needs to be fixed.
"The naval forces have always been an outsider in terms of Kyiv's views on how to develop and how to finance them," Badrak said in an interview to Apostrophe news outlet.