Russia deploys an Integrated Defense Line from Kamchatka to the Kuril Islands

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Russia is building an integrated defense line on its Eastern Flank in Kamchatka & Kuril Islands to secure its coastal waters and protect their submarine fleet. Within the framework of border protection measures Russia deployed the first battery of Bation-P coastal defense systems to the southern Kamchatka peninsula.

The Bastion-P is a next generation mobile coastal defense system. It is armed with the Yakhont supersonic self-guided anti-ship missile. The system is designed for destroying different class surface ships during intense combat action and radio jamming.

The capability of the new weapon allows the defense mechanism for establishing secure patrol areas for Russian submarines in the Sea of Okhotsk. Strategic submarines from the Pacific Fleet have been deployed to Kamchatka for decades.

Since 2015, Russia has been building an integrated coastal defense system, needing to protect the areas of the Kuril Islands and the Bering Straits, as well as cover naval deployment areas and increase the strategic capabilities of the Pacific Fleet.

The Bastion-P can be used both day and night, as well as in any weather conditions. The system does not require accurate target coordinates since the missile autonomously seeks the target after launch for itself. While moving the Bastion-P can be prepared for launch within 5 minutes and hit a target @ a distance of up to 500 km.

A typical Bastion-P unit carries 24 to 36 anti-ship cruise missiles, and includes four launchers mounted on heavy truck chassis. The defense system is deployed some 4.000 miles from San Francisco and US strategic missile sites, including 440 Minuteman-III intercontinental ballistic missiles in Wyoming, Montana and North Dakota.

Stategypage / AA-Magnum News 2017.

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