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Russia claims it fired anti-ship missiles in the Sea of Japan for testing

By 03/28/2023 4:17 PMNo CommentsBy YidInfo Staff

According to the Russian Defense Ministry, Moscow tested anti-ship missiles in the Sea of Japan. Two boats launched a mock missile attack on a fake enemy battleship from roughly 100 kilometers (60 miles).

According to the ministry, two Moskit cruise missiles successfully struck the objective.

The Moskit is a supersonic anti-ship cruise missile with the ability to carry both conventional and nuclear warheads, and its NATO reporting designation is the SS-N-22 Sunburn. The cruise missile was developed by the Soviet Union and has a maximum range of 250 kilometers and can fly at three times the speed of sound (155 miles).

The ministry could not provide more specific coordinates but stated that the exercise involved other warships and naval aviation in the Peter the Great Gulf in the Sea of Japan. The distance between the gulf and Japan’s northern Hokkaido island is around 700 kilometers (430 miles).

The gulf borders the headquarters of the Russian Pacific Fleet in Fokino.

When the combat in Ukraine began its second year, the Russian military resumed its regular drills across the nation, and Russian warships continued their maneuvers. These drills were designed to teach the troops and demonstrate Russia’s military prowess.

Requests for comment from the 7th Fleet of the United States Navy were not immediately fulfilled.

The missile exercise, carried out close to Vladivostok rather than straight into the oceans between the two nations, was met with a calm response from Japan.

Later on Tuesday, Japanese Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihiko Isozaki stated at a press conference that Tokyo would keep an eye on Russia’s military operations in the area as it has increased its presence.

Tasuku Matsuki, a representative of the Japanese Foreign Ministry in charge of Russia, noted that although Peter the Great Bay is located on the water between the two countries, it is still considered to be part of the Russian coast and that Tokyo has no plans to protest the missile exercise to Russia.

According to Matsuki, Japan is concerned about and closely monitoring Russia’s escalating military activity along its coastlines.
He continued by saying that Russia had previously held missile training there and had provided marine advisories in advance.

Last week, Russian Tu-95 bombers equipped with nuclear weapons circled the Sea of Japan for many hours.

Japan raised the alarm about Russian and Chinese warships conducting shooting drills in the Sea of Japan and criticized multinational military activities on the Russian-controlled Kuril Islands, some of which it claims.

In the Sea of Japan last year, Russia also conducted missile tests from submarines.


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