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Neptun ASCM plus Vilkha MLRS: To Destroy Moskva Due to Ukrainian Defense Industry's Missile Program

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Neptun Anti-Ship Cruise Missiles System / Open source photo
Neptun Anti-Ship Cruise Missiles System / Open source photo

The Neptun Anti-Ship Cruise Missiles (ASCM) System that sank russia's Moskva missile cruiser whas created by Ukraine's Defense Industry. Olexiy Danilov, the Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council spoke about Ukraine's missile program incuding Neptune ASCM system and Vilkha MLRS as well as weapons tests that have taken place in recent years.

The Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council Olexiy Danilov wrote about this on his Facebook in light of the events with the russian flagship "Moskva", which was recently hit by R-360 Neptune missiles and sank.

"Our missile program did not stop one day. Some people pretend that "everything is gone" after 2019, and this is an absolute lie." - said Danilov.

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Given the urgency of the issue, the President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyi in early July 2019 set a task for the development of the Missile and Jet Weapons Program for the period up to 2030. The program completed research on key projects Vilkha (eng. Alder) and Neptune.

The range of their use was increased, Vilkha and Neptune were adopted. A single model of cooperation between the producers of these projects was formed and the creation of additional production facilities was launched.

Smerch MLRS vehicles carrying Vilkha MLRS launchers were seen during a military parade marking Ukraine’s 30th anniversary of independence on August 24, 2021, Defense Express
Smerch MLRS vehicles carrying Vilkha MLRS launchers were seen during a military parade marking Ukraine’s 30th anniversary of independence on August 24, 2021 / Photo credit: Defense Express

Note that both this projects were developed by the State Kyiv Design Bureau “Luch”, part of the UkrOboronProm.

During 2019 and 2020, DKKB "Luch" conducted successful missile tests of the modernized Vilkha-M jet system with extended range at the test site in the Odessa region.

And in April 2020, a complex of surface-to-air cruise missiles - now the famous Neptune - was tested at the Alibey test site. As a result, all surface targets were affected.

In December 2021, DKKB "Luch" conducted fire tests of the RK-10 universal anti-aircraft missile, which is intended to be deployed on land, sea and air platforms.

Defense Express / The RK-10 missile is unified for launches from the ground, sea or air
The RK-10 missile is unified for launches from the ground, sea or air

In August 2021, the National Security and Defense Council decided to develop missile weapons by 2031, and the cost of this program should be over UAH 200 billion, - Danilov wrote on Facebook.

The post also states that Neptun coastal missile system was adopted by order of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine of August 23, 2020 № 292. In 2021, the MoD of Ukraine concluded additional agreement for the implementation of the stage of creation of the ship-based complex. Appropriate funding for the production of missiles for it has been provided by the state order.

Defense Express / The Neptune missile system was formally adopted by the Ukrainian Armed Forces on August 23, 2020
The Neptune missile system was formally adopted by the Ukrainian Armed Forces on August 23, 2020/ Photo credit : president.gov.ua

The Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council also expressed his grattitude to the staff of the "Luch" design bureau, which in cooperation with other defense industry enterprises developed a complex of cruise missiles.

Reminder by Defense Express:

As Defense Express reported, Ukrainian military hit russia’s Moskva missile cruiser. The warship was the same one that has been told by Snake Island defenders to go fuck itself. It was hit with Neptune anti-ship cruise missile developed by Kyiv based Luch Design Bureau in 2014-2020.

russia's Black Sea flagship 'Moskva' missile cruiser with
russia's Black Sea flagship 'Moskva' missile cruiser with "Neptune" missiles on Wednesday, April 13

According to the russian ministry of defense officiall statement Black Sea Fleet's guided-missile cruiser Moskva sank while being towed to the port of destination on Thursday, April 14.

The first operational prototype of the mobile anti-ship cruise missile (ASCM) system ‘Neptune’ was first demonstrated to the public while performing initial test launches on the 5th of April 2019.

Russia’s Black Sea Flagship 'Moskva' Was hit by Ukraines Neptune Anti-Ship Cruise Missiles, Defense Express
ASCM ‘Neptune’ system’s components: launcher vehicle, transporter/transloader vehicle, transporter vehicle, and a fire command and control post vehicle.

The Neptune is a domestic collaboration involving both state-owned and private-sector defense contractors.The project is aimed to provide Ukraine with a cost-effective 300-km-range ACSM capability.

This shore-based ASCM system has been developed by Ukraine with maximum reliance on domestic resources and capacities. It was necessary in view of the need to save resources that are nothing but limitless in a country at war, and to expedite development and production – this all in order to provide, within the shortest possible time, the Ukrainian Navy with a weapon capability needed for securing the country’s national interests.

As Defense Express reported Ukraine’s Navy received prototypes of Neptune missile system in the middle March, 2021.

Russia’s Black Sea Flagship 'Moskva' Was hit by Ukraines Neptune Anti-Ship Cruise Missiles, Defense Express
The prototypes of the Ukrainian RK-360MTs Neptune mobile anti-ship cruise missile system have been handed over to the Naval Forces of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in the middle March, 2021

DKKB Luch, a State-owned Design & Development Company, is the Prime Contractor for the Neptune ASCM system Neptune.

Defense Express reported that earlier DKKB Luch disclosed countries willing to purchase its Vilkha MLRS, Neptune ASCM Systems.

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