Zvezda TV channel of the Russian Defense Ministry released a video from the cockpit of a fighter jet showcasing operations of Su-24M and Su-30SM warplanes in the region. These warplanes were monitoring actions of the US Navy’s USS Donald Cook in the Black Sea as the Russian Armed Forces were holding military drills.
The military drills involved the aviation and Bal-E coastal defense systems of the Black Sea Fleet. As a part of the drills, the joint forces discovered and destroyed a mock enemy surface ship with a group of saboteurs on board.
The Bal coastal defense system is armed with 8 containers with Kh-35 anti-ship cruise missiles. They are capable to striking targets within the range of 130/260 km (depending on the modification) and defeat ships with the displacement of up to 5,000 t.