The appearance in the Polish Navy of a division of coastal missile systems with NSM anti-ship missiles “buried” Russia’s hopes for holding sea routes in the Baltic, said Polish military expert Maximilian Dura.
“The NSM missiles with a range of 220 km <...> allow blocking the movement of civilian ships heading towards or from Russia along the Baltic Sea. Thus, they definitely buried Russian dreams of maintaining maritime communications, ”Dura quotes the words of Defense 24.
In addition, the expert assures that the Polish missiles will complicate the fulfillment of the tasks of the warships of Russia, which, in comparison with the trading ones, are “larger, traceable and easily detectable”.
According to him, the effect can be enhanced in the case of the supply of Polish batteries in the Baltic countries.
At the same time, the expert does not consider the possible appearance of new frigates in the Polish Navy as a problem for Moscow, since these ships most likely will not be effective in air defense, and their destruction will be easy, quick and not expensive for the Russian Federation.
“Russians will be able to compensate for the appearance of one new Polish frigate without spending hundreds of millions of dollars,” RIA Novosti quotes him.
Dura is confident that, unlike coastal missile systems, frigates are an easily detectable target.
NSM (Naval Strike Missile) – anti-ship missile can hit both ground targets and air targets.
Poland in 2013 purchased 12 launchers and 48 missiles. A year later, the country ordered another batch.
On February 9, it became known that Warsaw would acquire from the USA HIMARS missile systems with a range of 300 km. The State Department has already approved the sale of 20 missile systems to Poland worth $ 655 million.
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