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Testing Hypersonic Anti-Ship Missile in Sea of Japan: Russia Makes History

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The Russian Ministry of Defense announced today, Tuesday, that the Russian Navy launched hypersonic anti-ship missiles at a mock target in the Sea of ​​Japan.

“In the waters of the Sea of ​​Japan, missile ships of the Pacific Fleet fired musket cruise missiles at an imaginary enemy sea target,” it said in a statement on its Telegram account.

“The target, which is located at a distance of about 100 kilometers (62.14 miles), was successfully hit by a direct hit from two Mosquito cruise missiles,” he added.

The P-270 Moskit, with its NATO reporting name, or SS-N-22 Sunburn, is a medium-range supersonic cruise missile of Soviet origin, capable of destroying a ship at a range of up to 120 kilometers (75 miles). ).

Japanese Foreign Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi said that Tokyo will remain vigilant towards Moscow’s military operations, adding that no damage was reported after the missile launches.

“As the Russian invasion of Ukraine continues, Russian forces are becoming more active in the Far East, including the areas neighboring Japan,” Hayashi said at a regular press conference.

The missile launches come a week after two Russian strategic bombers, capable of carrying nuclear weapons, flew over the Sea of ​​Japan for more than seven hours in what Moscow described as a “planned flight”.

In response to a question about Russia’s plans to deploy tactical nuclear weapons in Belarus, Hayashi said Japan condemns the move and demanded that Russia and Belarus stop “such a measure that would increase tensions.”

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