Ukrainian expert made a rocket attack on the ships in Novorossiysk
Ukrainian military expert Mikhail Zhirokhov said in his article for the newspaper "Business capital" that the new winged antiship missile P-360 Neptun "can reach" to the Russian ships in Novorossiysk.
According to Zhirkova, the emergence of "Neptune" supposedly opens up the Ukrainian "war machine" ability to engage targets around the Crimea and on the Azov sea coast — Russian ships in the port of Novorossiysk.
He also stated that the homing head of the Ukrainian missiles reportedly can have a greater noise immunity and better features than its Russian counterpart, the X-35.
The expert added that changed for the worse the financial situation in Ukraine could cause "serious problems" at the stage of serial production of "Neptune". According to him, a few months ago, Pavlograd chemical plant, the only in Ukraine manufacturer of solid fuel for the complex has practically stopped the work, was laid off about 700 highly skilled professionals.
"In any case, the emergence of armed complexes "Neptun" will allow our military and political leadership to conduct a much more aggressive policy in the Black and Azov seas. Unless, of course, the current leadership of such a desire," concluded Zhirohov.
Cruise missile P-360 weighs 870 pounds and can carry a warhead weighing 150 kg. The range of its start — up to 280 kilometers, a speed of about 900 kilometers per hour, altitude over the crest of the waves — from three to ten meters. The complex provides simultaneous launch up to 24 missiles.
According to a member-correspondent of the Russian Academy of rocket and artillery Sciences Konstantin Sivkova, "Neptune" is a version of Soviet missiles. Sivkov added that Russia has weapons whose range of two to two and a half times higher than the Ukrainian rocket.