Northern Fleet to use Bastion coastal missile system at the Arctic exercise for the first time
Today, Northern Fleet forces located near New Siberian Islands has held an exercise to defend Arctic islands and coast of the Russian Federation by firing missiles.
During drills in the Arctic, troops operated the Bastion coastal missile system for the first time. The complex is in service with Northern Fleet tactical group which on combat duty on Kotelny Island (New Siberian Islands).
As Commander of the Northern Fleet Admiral Nikolai Evmenov noted, summing up the preliminary results of the exercise, "the crew of the Bastion coastal missile system successfully carried out missile firing at a naval target position at a range of over 60 kilometers to prove its readiness to effectively fulfill combat duty in the Arctic and protect the island area and the sea coast of Russia. "
Troops fired missiles at a maritime target located in the water area of the Laptev Sea and imitating a ship detachment of the mock enemy. The operation was conducted from the coast of Kotelny Island by the Oniks supersonic anti-ship cruise missile.
Earlier Rubezh coastal missile system had been used as the main one. It is in service with the Northern Fleet tactical group.
Russia launched its active efforts to create and develop elements of the Arctic infrastructure in 2012. Since that time, the Northern Fleet regularly carries out Arctic missions, solves problems of securing the areas along the Northern Sea Route. The most modern and branched lighting system of air and surface conditions is established on some of the islands in the Arctic zone.