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Occupiers' "Bastion" missile system spotted in Crimea

Mar 7, 2023

The media reports that the Russian military, which has withdrawn Bastion missile systems from Sevastopol, may be preparing for a nighttime missile attack.


Late in the evening of March 6, a Russian Bastion missile system was launched from the Cossack Bay of Sevastopol. One of the local residents told the Krymsky Viter media outlet on condition of anonymity.

According to him, three vehicles of the Bastion missile system left the Cossack Bay of Sevastopol for Ocheretyane Highway.

"They may be preparing for night firing or redeployment," the media reported.

The Ministry of Defense of Ukraine has not yet officially commented on the possibility of striking Ukraine with this Russian missile system.

Bastion missile system: what is known about it

"Bastion" is a coastal missile system with a P-800 Oniks anti-ship missile.

It is designed to engage surface ships of various classes and types from amphibious assault forces, convoys, ship and aircraft carrier strike groups, as well as single ships and ground radio-contrast targets in conditions of intense fire and electronic countermeasures.

The Bastion SLBM is one of the carriers of the Oniks missile, which, along with the Kalibr and X-35 Uran missile systems and the advanced hypersonic anti-ship missile Zircon, is the main anti-ship missile weapon in the Russian Armed Forces.

It was developed in Russia and adopted in 2010.

In particular, the Bastion was used by the Russian military during the fighting in Syria.

Currently, the Bastion is also in service with the armed forces of Vietnam and Syria.

Author - Serhii Kolomiets, 07/03/2023

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