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Moskva hit by two Neptune missiles

The Pentagon has said that the sunken Russian warship Moskva was hit by two Ukrainian Neptune anti-ship cruise missiles.

The 12,000-ton Slava-class guided-missile cruiser Moskva was the flagship of Russia’s Black Sea Fleet.

A senior US defence official confirmed on Friday that Ukrainian forces managed to hit the ship after Russia claimed the ship had suffered an internal explosion due to a fire on board.

Ukraine said they had attacked the vessel in the Black Sea 60 miles south of Odesa with land-based Neptune missiles.

The R-360 Neptune anti-ship cruise missile is developed by the Luch Design Bureau in Kyiv, Ukraine. The missile is an upgraded version of the Soviet Kh-35 anti-ship missile.

R-360 Neptune

Type:Anti-ship cruise missile
Designer:Luch Design Bureau
Manufacturer:Luch Design Bureau
In service:March 2021 – present
Country of origin:Ukraine
Operators:Ukraine
Operational range:300 km (190 mi)
Max speed:Subsonic
Missile length:5.05 m
Missile diameter:0.4 m
Wingspan:1.3 m
Missile weight:870 kg
Warhead weight:150 kg
Warhead:High Explosive Fragmentation (HE-FRAG)
Launch platform:Land based
Neil Ritchie
Neil Ritchie
Neil Ritchie is the founder and editor of DefenceToday.com. Neil is also the editor of other online publications covering Scottish and military history, defence and security. He can be found on Twitter: @NeilRitchie86.

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