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.
|Type:||Anti-ship cruise missile|
|Designer:||Luch Design Bureau|
|Manufacturer:||Luch Design Bureau|
|In service:||March 2021 – present|
|Country of origin:||Ukraine|
|Operational range:||300 km (190 mi)|
|Missile length:||5.05 m|
|Missile diameter:||0.4 m|
|Missile weight:||870 kg|
|Warhead weight:||150 kg|
|Warhead:||High Explosive Fragmentation (HE-FRAG)|
|Launch platform:||Land based|