The Russian S-400 missile system in Crimea was destroyed by a Ukrainian strike, which reportedly involved a Neptune missile. Photo/Main Directorate of Intelligence of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine
KYIV – The Ukrainian military has blown up a Russian S-400 missile defense system battery in Crimea. The weapon used for the attack was reported to be the Neptune anti-ship missile.
Quoting Forbes, Saturday (26/8/2023), the Ukrainian Navy used several Neptune anti-ship missiles in secondary ground attack mode in western Crimea on Wednesday.
The one-tonne Neptune missile being able to hit ground targets is not surprising.
Ukraine’s Luch Design Bureau modeled the Neptune on the Russian Kh-35, which is a response to the United States’ Harpoon anti-ship missile, which also has a ground attack mode.
The Russian air force deployed an S-400 battery to Cape Tarkhankut or Cape Tarkhankut in Crimea in 2016, two years after Russian troops took control of the strategic peninsula.
The S-400 and its attached K1 Podlet radar can detect and engage aircraft and missiles 200 miles away, enabling it to control the entire western Black Sea to the port of Odessa in southern Ukraine.
The S-400, Podlet radar and other weapons on the Crimean peninsula—including the Bastion series of anti-ship missiles—topped the list of prospective targets as Ukraine expands its strike capabilities this year.
To expand its troop’s reach against Russian troops, Ukraine has purchased American-made Harpoon land-launched anti-ship missiles plus Western-made air-launched cruise missiles: British Storm Shadow and French SCALP.
At the same time, Ukraine has developed deep attack munitions, including the S-200 ground-launched air defense missile that was modified by the Ukrainian Air Force into a ground attack weapon. The Ukrainian Navy carried out similar modifications to its land-launched Neptune anti-ship missile, the most famous of which was punching holes and sinking the Russian Navy’s cruiser Moskva in April 2022.