Russia’s Defense Ministry says its military uses the Bastion coastal missile defense system.
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The Russian Ministry of Defense, as reported by Reuters, Friday (9/24/2021), said the Russian Black Sea Fleet practiced detecting and destroying marine targets with its Bastion system, an advanced mobile anti-ship and surface-to-surface defense system.
Video footage released by the ministry showed a division seen carrying out an attack with a truck-mounted missile in a simulated attack. Crews fire from hidden positions and use drones to track groups of enemy ships.
Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said the Bastion missile system can hit sea targets at a distance of 350 km (219 miles) and land targets at a distance of 450 km (281 miles).