Despite being put into service, the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine is in no hurry to purchase a domestic anti-ship missile system “Neptune”. This was stated by the General Director-General Designer of the KB “Ray” Oleg Korostelev.
According to Korostelev, developer of the complex Kiev Design Bureau “Ray” still has not received orders for the production of the coastal version of the anti-ship complex RK-360MTS “Neptune”, although the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine adopted the complex back in August this year after the end of state tests.
At the same time, the CEO of KB “Ray” He stressed, what is the production of one division, subject to normal cooperation with other enterprises, it will take about one year.
We have not received an official order yet, as well as the problem of the number of complexes and the timing of their delivery. For our part, we have confirmed in writing our readiness to start mass production of complexes for the Armed Forces of Ukraine.. Now our production facilities and enterprises, with whom we work in cooperation in this project, and their only main ones are about 20, allow us to make a division of missile systems “Neptune” during a year
– Korostelev said.
Earlier, the deputy of the Verkhovna Rada, Lieutenant General Mikhail Zabrodsky said, that the complex was not included in the state defense order of Ukraine for 2020 year, however, the Ministry of Defense, based on the results of the tests, promised to sign a contract for one division, but the promise never fulfilled.
LCD-360MC “Neptune” – Ukrainian-made low-altitude cruise missile, developed by KB "Luch" and designed to destroy sea and ground targets at a distance of up to 300 kilometers. According to experts, the minimum requirement of the Ukrainian Navy for these complexes is at least three divisions.
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