Russian Navy Vessel Successfully Neutralizes Anti-Ship Missile In Proximity To Japan’s Maritime Zone

The Russian Corvette Rezkiy vessel intercepted the Moskit, a Soviet supersonic ramjet-powered anti-ship cruise missile, as part of a trial in the Sea of Japan.

Russia’s defence ministry stated that the Corvette Rezkiy was destroyed by a cruise missile fired by a mock enemy surface vessel. The role of this enemy vessel was played by an R-20 missile boat that launched the Moskit anti-ship cruise missile into the area of the corvette from a distance of more than 90 km.

The Russian Pacific Fleet drills took place a week after Tokyo’s PM Fumio Kishida visited Ukraine.

Moscow conducts regular naval drills off the Pacific coast, but Tokyo mentioned that there had been “rising” and that it was “closely” tracking Russia’s military activities in that zone.

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In the Sea of Japan, missile boats in the Pacific Fleet reportedly fired some Moskit cruise missiles at a mock enemy sea target, per the Russian Defence Ministry. It further added that the two vessels had participated in the exercise.

The target, which was at a distance of approximately 100 kilometres, was targeted by a direct hit coming from two Moskit cruise missiles.

Moscow said that its naval aviation supervised the safety of this combat exercise.

Russia has earlier conducted such exercises, firing test Moskit missiles in a similar drill last year.

But Yoshimasa Hayashi, Japan’s Foreign Minister, said that as Moscow’s Ukraine offensive continues, the Russian military is expanding its activities in the Far East, including areas near Japan.

We will continue closely monitoring Russian military movements, he mentioned in comments reported by the Jiji Press news agency. He also said that there were no reported damages from test strikes.

Last week, Russia mentioned that two highly strategic Tu-95 advanced, strategic bomber planes conducted flights in the airspace over the neutral waters of the Sea of Japan.

Japan has joined the Western allies in reportedly sanctioning Russia over its war in Ukraine. The bomber jet flights seemingly came after Kishida visited Kyiv to meet Ukraine’s leader Volodymyr Zelensky.

References: The EurAsian Times, Hindustan Times

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