P-270 Moskit Missile
The Russian Navy, on March 28, test-fired supersonic anti-ship missiles at a mock target in the Sea of Japan. The missiles, identified as Moskit cruise missiles, were fired at a target located approximately 100 kilometers away from the missile ships of the Pacific Fleet. The target was hit successfully with a direct hit from two Moskit cruise missiles, according to a statement from the Russian defence ministry.
The P-270 Moskit Missile
The Moskit cruise missile is a medium-range supersonic missile that was developed during the Soviet era. It is known for its speed and can destroy a ship within a range of up to 120 km. The NATO reporting name of the P-270 Moskit missile is SS-N-22 Sunburn.
Strategic Bomber Planes
The missile test came a week after two Russian strategic bomber planes flew over the Sea of Japan for more than seven hours in what Moscow said was a “planned flight”. This flight raised concerns among the Japanese, who are already on edge due to the increasing military activities of Russia in the region.
Missile Test Location
The missile test occurred at Peter the Great Bay in the Sea of Japan. This bay is located on the coast of Russia, though it faces the water between the two countries. The location of the missile test has raised concerns among the Japanese, who are worried about Moscow’s increasing military activities around their coasts.