For the primary time, Russia has deployed the Bastion missile system on the island of Matua within the Pacific Ocean, the nation’s Armed Forces revealed on Thursday. Bastion is a cellular protection system that may assault floor ships.
Matua is an inhabited landmass near the middle of the Kuril Islands. After World War II, it got here beneath the management of the Soviet Union. Before that, it was the home of a big Japanese base. It is now the main focus of Russian efforts to spice up navy presence within the Pacific.
“The missile crews of the Pacific Fleet will be on round-the-clock watch on this remote island in the central part of the Kuril Ridge to control the adjacent water area and strait zones,” the Russian Eastern Military District mentioned in an announcement.
The Bastion cellular coastal missile system is armed with the Onyx supersonic self-propelled anti-ship missile. It is designed to destroy floor ships of all sorts.
Writing on his Telegram channel, struggle correspondent Alexander Kots described the island of Matua as having nothing however “the Sarychev volcano, foxes and mice.”
“The military and I explored the island length and breadth,” he wrote, noting that he visited it 5 years in the past. “One of the aims of the expedition was to find out how the water supply of the Japanese garrison was managed. There was a whole system of channels, concrete reservoirs for rainwater, and so on. Because if you set up a base here, you need water. Apparently, this Japanese conundrum was solved.”