Russia is deploying a Bal coastal defense system near the Crimean port city of Kerch, according to a video appeared online on November 27.
The video shows at least one Bal launcher on the road linking Kerch with another Crimean port city – Sevastopol. According to reports, the launcher was moving in the direction of Kerch city, located near Kerch Strait.
The Bal coastal defense missile system employs Kh-35 anti-ship cruise missiles. Every launcher carries 8 containers with missiles, which are capable to strike targets within the range of 130/260 km (depending on the modification). The Kh-35 is equipped with a 145 kg High Explosive Fragmentation warhead. It’s designed to defeat ships with the displacement of up to 5 000 t.
The deploment of the Bal coastal defense system near Kerch follows the November 25 incident in near Kerch Strait when 3 Ukrainian warships violated Russian territorial waters and was detained by Russian coastal guard after a live fire incident.
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