Oleksiy Neizhpapa, commander of the Ukrainian Navy, said that the Ukrainian anti-ship missile for the Neptune complex did not have time to go through the entire testing process before the start of a full-scale war, so it was brought to the required parameters during strikes on real Russian targets.
He said this in a commentary to The Wall Street Journal, RBC-Ukraine reports.
Neizhpapa noted that the Neptune missile was supposed to undergo preliminary tests before the start of a full-scale Russian invasion, but instead, it was tested on real targets.
According to the vice admiral, Ukraine first attacked the Russian frigate Admiral Essen with the Neptune. However, the Russian ship's electronic warfare systems prevented the missiles from being launched. The frigate was only slightly damaged, and several sailors were injured.
Neizhpapa added that despite this, Russia never believed that Ukraine had "real missile weapons and continued to try to dominate our areas" by sending the Moskva cruiser into the area of attack.
Author - Serhii Kolomiets, 28/09/2023