The hunter of the Russian cruiser “Moskva” .. the missile “Neptune” makes history

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Ukraine said its forces hit the guided-missile cruiser "Moskva" with two missiles "Neptune" caused "serious damage"This was confirmed by a senior official in the US Department of Defense, on Friday, stressing that it is "hard blow" for Russia.

While Moscow did not confirm that the warship, which is a naval copy of the long-range S-300 air defense system, was subjected to a missile attack, it said that a fire broke out in cruiser Which is 186 meters long, causing the detonation of ammunition. The cruiser then sank while trying to tow it to the nearest port.

newspaper considered "Washington Post" that "The cruiser strike was a major boost for Ukraine, not only for its war effort but also for its domestic arms industry, even as it relied on weapons sent in by Western allies.".

What is a Neptune rocket?

At an arms show in Kyiv in 2015, a Ukrainian defense company unveiled its latest project, an anti-ship cruise missile dubbed "Neptune"Shortly after Russia took control of Crimea 2014, while it was first tested in 2016.

The new missile did not receive much attention at the time. But he is now in the spotlight after Western reports about his role in hitting and sinking the most dangerous ships Black Sea.

The Neptune missile weighs 870 kg and carries a warhead of 150 kg, capable of destroying targets up to 5,000 tons, using radar-guided guidance, at a range of approximately 300 km (186 miles), and one of the Neptune divisions usually has 6 launchers USPU-360 Capable of launching a barrage of 24 anti-ship missiles, it is a missile designed to target ships with a thermal seeker that can resist jamming and is characterized by capturing the target in a difficult maneuverable environment.

The Neptune, based on the Soviet Kh-35 anti-ship missile, was designed to defeat surface warships. The 16-foot-long, motorized missiles can travel at speeds of up to 900 km/h, at altitudes between 9 feet and 30 feet above the surface.

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A Czech-Canadian analyst specializing in international security and political affairs, Mitchell Belfer, said: "This will go down in history as perhaps the most important naval operation since cold War. The idea that a Ukrainian anti-ship missile could sink the most advanced of the Russian Navy’s ships in theater would send shock waves into both Ukraine and Russia.".

Belfer, who is the director of the European Gulf Information Center in Rome, added, in statements to Sky News Arabia, that: "While Russia will suffer a loss, Ukraine and its allies will celebrate that victory. It will also show that despite Russia’s efforts to subjugate Ukraine, the Ukrainian fighting spirit is not only in cities and towns on the defensive but is also able to impose a cost on Russia’s ability to wage war.".

He continued: "Besides the failure to capture Kyiv, the Heavy losses suffered by the Russian forces The seizure of military equipment by Ukrainian forces – and farmers – indicates the desperate military situation that Russia is currently in."pointing out that "Ukraine is ready to win this war if enough material flows in from its NATO allies".

It was considered that "The best thing about war is a quick conclusion. Although President Putin has now said that peace talks are dead, one can only hope that Russia will reassess the situation and push for a quick ceasefire.".

Russia responds quickly

In response to the sinking of the cruiser, Russian bombing targeted at night a factory in the Kyiv region for the manufacture of missiles "Neptune"Part of the factory and an administrative building adjacent to it in the town of Vishnevi, about 30 kilometers southwest of the Ukrainian capital, were severely damaged.

Russia had earlier announced that it had used long range missiles Kalibr missiles to hit the factory that Ukrainian state arms manufacturer Okroboronprom says produces missiles "Neptune".

And on Friday evening, Natalia Gumniuk, a spokeswoman for the military command of the Southern District of Ukraine, said that Moscow would not "forgive" For Kiev sank this ship that is "A symbol of its imperial ambitions".

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Ukraine said its forces had hit the guided-missile cruiser.MoskvaTwo “Neptune” missiles caused “serious damage”, which was confirmed by a senior official in the US Department of Defense, Friday, stressing that it is a “severe blow” to Russia.

While Moscow did not confirm that the warship, which is a naval copy of the long-range S-300 air defense system, was subjected to a missile attack, it said that a fire broke out in cruiser Which is 186 meters long, causing the detonation of ammunition. The cruiser then sank while trying to tow it to the nearest port.

The Washington Post considered that “the cruiser strike was a major boost to Ukraine, not only for its war effort but also for its domestic arms industry, even as it relied on weapons sent by Western allies.”

What is a Neptune rocket?

At a weapons show in Kyiv in 2015, a Ukrainian defense company revealed its latest project, an anti-ship cruise missile dubbed “Neptune”, shortly after Russia seized control of the country. Crimea 2014, while it was first tested in 2016.

The new missile did not receive much attention at the time. But he is now in the spotlight after Western reports about his role in hitting and sinking the most dangerous ships Black Sea.

The Neptune missile weighs 870 kg and carries a warhead of 150 kg, capable of destroying targets up to 5,000 tons, using radar-guided guidance, at a range of approximately 300 km (186 miles), and one of the Neptune divisions usually has 6 launchers USPU-360 Capable of launching a barrage of 24 anti-ship missiles, it is a missile designed to target ships with a thermal seeker that can resist jamming and is characterized by capturing the target in a difficult maneuverable environment.

The Neptune, based on the Soviet Kh-35 anti-ship missile, was designed to defeat surface warships. The 16-foot-long, motorized missiles can travel at speeds of up to 900 km/h, at altitudes between 9 feet and 30 feet above the surface.

historical event

“This will go down in history as perhaps the most important naval operation since the war,” said Mitchell Belfer, a Czech-Canadian analyst specializing in international security and political affairs. cold War. The idea that a Ukrainian anti-ship missile could sink the most advanced of the Russian Navy’s ships in theatre, would send shock waves both to Ukraine and to Russia.”

Belfer, director of the Gulf-European Information Center in Rome, added, “While Russia will suffer a loss, Ukraine and its allies will celebrate this victory. It will also show that despite Russia’s efforts to subjugate Ukraine, the Ukrainian fighting spirit is not Only cities and towns are in defensive positions but are also able to impose a cost on Russia’s ability to wage war.”

He continued, “Besides the failure to take Kyiv, Heavy losses suffered by the Russian forces The seizure of military equipment by Ukrainian forces – and farmers – indicates the desperate military situation that Russia is currently living in,” he said, noting that “Ukraine is ready to win this war if enough material flows from its NATO allies.”

He considered that “the best thing about war is a quick conclusion. Although President Putin has now said that peace talks are dead, one can only hope that Russia will reassess the situation and push for a quick ceasefire.”

Russia responds quickly

In response to the sinking of the cruiser, Russian bombing targeted at night a factory in the Kyiv region for the manufacture of missiles.NeptunePart of the factory and an administrative building adjacent to it in the town of Vishnevi, about 30 kilometers southwest of the Ukrainian capital, were severely damaged.

Russia had previously announced that it had used long range missiles Kalibr missiles to hit the factory that Ukrainian state arms manufacturer Okroboroneprom says produces Neptune missiles.

On Friday evening, Natalia Gumniuk, a spokeswoman for the military command of the Southern District of Ukraine, said that Moscow would not “forgive” Kiev for sinking this ship, which is “a symbol of its imperialist ambitions.”

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