The Russian Navy is testing a supersonic anti-ship cruise missile in the Black Sea as a demonstration of strength ahead of NATO military exercises in the region.
As tensions are still raging following the build-up of Russian troops on the border with Ukraine, Russia’s defense ministry has tweeted footage of Moscow guided missile cruiser from its Black Sea Fleet, launching a Vulcan missile.
The P-1000 Vulkan missile, an improved version of the long-range Soviet-era P-500 Bazalt missile, was launched by Moscow The main missile system Bazalt of the warship, said the Ministry of Defense. It landed about 19 miles, the Naval Post reported.
Footage released by the Ministry of Defense shows the firing from a number of angles and cuts of the ship̵
Reflections in the Zvezda military channel show the remains of a simulated enemy ship, and its correspondent says: “These missiles are the reason why our cruiser is called a ‘killer aircraft carrier’, according to The Moscow Times.
This week Moscow, other warships and military helicopters have participated in live combat exercises. He comes as a US Coast Guard ship, Hamilton, a cutter, was moving to the Black Sea to work with NATO allies in the region. The ship is being tracked by the Russian fleet, Reuters reported.
Mathieu Boulègue, a research associate at Russia’s Eurasia program at London’s Chatham House think tank, said the launch by Moscow Russia has demonstrated its growing naval presence in the region, which has followed recent manifestations of force in occupied Crimea.
“Apart from signaling capabilities, Russia shows an intention to protect and defend its assets in the Black Sea,” he told Newsweek. “This includes not only Crimea, but increasingly the Sea of Azov, where the Kerch Strait is closed to non-Russian ships until the end of October.”
“The more tactical reason is to signal to NATO that Russia is closely monitoring the soon-to-be-held DEFENDER Europe 2021 exercises in the region,” he added, referring to US-led military exercises involving 27 countries and tens of thousands of troops. .
Russia has announced the closure of the Kerch Strait for non-Russian ships by October 31st. Moscow says the move is to avoid clashes from upcoming naval exercises, but many see it as a move to establish its presence in the Sea of Azov, which separates the Kerch Strait from the Black Sea.
Last week, Russia announced the withdrawal of troops along its border with Ukraine as a result of the deployment, which it said was in response to NATO maneuvers near Russia’s borders.
“The whole region is becoming a hotbed of increased tension and miscalculations, which will require careful management,” Buleg added.