The first division of the coastal anti-ship complexes “Neptune” will be transferred to the Navy of the Armed Forces of Ukraine by April 2022.
The contract for the production of which was signed by the Ministry of Defense with the State Kyiv Design Bureau “LUCH” at the end of 2020.
Funding for the purchase of the RK-360MC Neptune complex for 2021 amounted to UAH 720,164.6 thousand, which is $ 25.9 million at the February exchange rate.
The complex includes unified launchers, transport and charging machines, transport vehicles and a mobile command post.
The first public launches of the R-360 missile took place in January 2018, and its development was mentioned in June 2013 by the then Minister of Defense Pavlo Lebedev in the context of curtailing the program to create the Sapsan complex.
He said at the time that another company had “issued an alternative missile and could develop a prototype in a few years” and clarified that the alternative development belonged to LUCH.
The RK-360 coastal missile system of the Neptune MC was adopted by the Armed Forces of Ukraine on August 23, 2020.
The Neptune complex is equipped with R-360 cruise missiles, which fly at very low altitudes for a distance of about 300 km. The rocket has a starting and marching (main) engines.
The first is a modified solid propellant launch accelerator from the S-125 anti-aircraft missile. The main turbojet engine MS-400 is manufactured by Motor Sich.
In a recent interview with the Apostrophe TV channel (Security Talks project), Oleh Korostelov, director general of the Luch State Committee for Air Defense, said that the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine plans to order another division of the Neptune coastal missile system.
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