Ukraine could have modified its anti-ship missiles into a long-range weapon to wreak havoc against Russian targets on land, report says
- A modified R-360 Neptune anti-ship cruise missile may be Ukraine's new long-range missile.
- The new weapon reportedly destroyed a Russian S-400 "Triumf" missile system in Crimea.
Ukraine said it has added a new long-range missile to its arsenal as part of its push to develop domestic weaponry to deter future Russian military action, the Kyiv Post reported.
It says the new missile is capable of hitting targets in Russia, which could mark a crucial juncture in the conflict as Western states had put restrictions on using their donated weapons to strike Russian territory.
The new missile at Kyiv's disposal could be a modified R-360 Neptune anti-ship cruise missile.
Ukraine claimed that the new, domestically designed missile system destroyed Putin's highly-prized Russian S-400 "Triumf" missile system in Crimea last month.
Oleksiy Danilov, Secretary of Ukraine's National Security and Defense Council is quoted in a post on X, formerly called Twitter, saying: "S-400 launcher in Crimea was destroyed by new Ukrainian missile. The missile was new. The missile was absolutely modern."
The missile was also used to hit and sink the Moskva, a key vessel in Putin's Black Sea fleet, in 2022.
The original missile was developed by the Luch Design Bureau, a major Ukrainian defense manufacturer. The 16-foot missile is fitted with a 330 lbs warhead, weighs 1,920 lbs, and can hit targets up to 190 miles away, according to Navy Recognition, a US-based defense site.
If Ukraine can prove that its modified missile is capable of striking Moscow, it would have huge implications for the war and could go a long way in terms of leveling the playing field between Ukraine and Russia.
The S-200 missile system
Ukraine has also reportedly repurposed the retired Soviet-era S-200 surface-to-air missile systems for ground attack use, according to the UK Ministry of Defence.
Along with drones regularly hitting Moscow, there have been increasing reports of S-200s — which are more than 36 feet long and weigh around seven-and-a-half tonnes — striking Russia, the department noted in an intelligence update.
It comes as Zelenskyy said Ukraine was building its defense industry production and that it was manufacturing various NATO-standard equipent.
"It is of great importance that we are a tester, a pioneer — in the good sense of the word — of the launch and use of many types of ammunition. Modern ones. This is a great example for many businessmen around the world. I think we will be number one in this area - military tech and digital. At least on the European continent," he said.
Russia's bombs with "wings"
Russia is also succesfully modifiyng and updating existing munitions, turning simple bombs into guided ones using UMPK (unified module for gliding and guidance) systems, the Kyiv Independent reported.
This system can be used to equip old Soviet FAB-500М-62 gravity bombs with a simple satellite guidance system and "wings," according to the outlet, which cites Russian sources as saying the kit to do this costs just 2 million roubles, which is around $21,000.
The report said the cheap cost and large supply of the bombs meant they could be used extensively in the conflict.
The Kyiv Independent also reported that Ukraine's air force said that up to 20 guided bomb hits are registered daily all along the front line, carried by Russian Sukhoi Su-34 and Su-35 jets.
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