The Russian Caspian Flotilla’s (CF) Coastal Missile Unit has conducted the first live firing drill of its Bal coastal missile defence system at the Adanak Range in Dagestan, Russia.
During the exercise, Bal Command Control Centre personnel used radar to detect the coordinates of an artificial enemy target, imitated by a special ship-like towed screen, located 50km off shore in the Caspian Sea.
Following a comparative analysis of all required data, crews of self-propelled launchers destroyed the target by launching two Kh-35 type anti-ship cruise missiles, according to RusNavy.com.
The Bal missile system consists of a self-propelled command, control and communications centre, self-propelled launchers, a transport and re-loader machine, and a total of up to 11 special communications vehicles.
Commissioned into the CF in late 2011, the coastal missile system is capable of intercepting targets located up to 120km under any lighting or weather conditions, and is designed to control straits and territorial waters, protect naval bases and other coastal installations, and defend coastline in possible landing approach areas.
The firing drills follow a month-long field training exercise conducted in March 2012, to enable CF missile personnel to study tactics and technical maintenance, conduct firing and driving drills, and prepare for on-the-move missile strikes.
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