Ukraine’s new Neptune cruise missile: Far from being the ‘God of the Sea’

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Ukraine’s new cruise missile, the Neptune, widely promoted by Kiev, is nothing but ‘a lightly-modernized variant’ of the Russian-made Kh-35 anti-ship missile, writes the National Interest. But that’s not the only issue with it. First, let’s take a look at the missile at question. The Neptune is a Ukrainian subsonic low-altitude anti-ship missile designed to destroy vessels with a displacement of up to 5,000 tons, as well as hit ground targets. The Neptune – developed by Ukrainian manufacturer Luch Design – can be launched from ships, coastal missile systems and combat aircraft. Ukraine’s Navy plans to use the anti-ship missile as the primary weapon of its promising Vespa missile boats. However, the construction of the actual craft to carry the missile is still at the planning stage. The Neptune was unveiled at the international Arms and Security exhibition in Kiev back in 2015, and was created based on the designs of the Soviet Kh-35 anti-ship missile. The initial tests were…

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