Russia fires Bastion-P anti-ship missile against ground targets in Syria

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The Russian Defence Ministry has released footage claiming to show one of its Bastion-P coastal defence systems firing missiles at ground targets in Syria.

“These complexes are able to destroy both sea and ground targets at a distance of 350 kilometers at sea and almost 450 kilometers over land,” Shoigu said at Russian President Vladimir Putin’s meeting with representatives of the Defense Ministry.

The use of Russia’s Bastion coastal missile systems in Syria was the first combat use of this system against ground targets. It was aimed at testing the capabilities of the system in real combat conditions, said Konstantin Sivkov, president of the Academy of Geopolitical Problems.

The Bastion-P is a Russian mobile costal defense missile system.This coastal defense missile system is known in the West as SSC-5 Stooge. Development began in the 1990s.

The Bastion-P is in service with the Russian armed forces. First 3 systems were delivered to the Russian military in 2010. These are in service with the Black Sea Fleet. Latter one more missile system was delivered to the Black Sea Fleet and 2 systems to the Northern Fleet. This coastal defense system has been exported to Syria (2 systems) and Vietnam (2 systems).

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