When we talk about Russia’s military, we are taking about a military with the most advanced and sophisticated weapon systems in the world ranging from coastal defense systems like Bastion-P coastal defense to s-400 defense system and hypersonic systems like kinzhal hypersonic cruise missiles and Tu-22 M3 nuclear capable bombers. Russia’s military has many weapon systems but those a few examples and the idea here is that such weapon systems give Russia land destructive power like never seen before if all such systems were all put to use.
At the beginning of Ukraine war, Putin was not interested in using Russia’s most advanced and sophisticated weapon systems but as war ranges on now in 4th week put togather with daily NATO rhtoric, Putin has decided to start using some of his most advanced and capable weapons like kinzhal hypersonic cruise missiles, Bastion-P coastal defense system, kalibr cruise missiles and other systems like Buk-M3 Viking missile air defense systems not only as a warning to NATO and neighbouring countries but also to president Zelensky of Ukraine. Such weapons when unleashed cause massive destruction and I think Zelensky has sofar taken note of that and if it wasn’t for US and UK, he could have accepted Russia’s demands and ended the war.
The Bastion-P coastal defense system could also been have used due to its nearness to Ukraine from Crimea where such systems are already stationed to prevent NATO war ships from entering Black Sea.
According to Russia’s ministry of defense, the missiles fired from Bastion-P coastal defense system destroyed a large arsenal with weapons and military equipment of Ukrainian soldiers including those received from western countries in western Ukraine.
This is the second time Russia is said to have used Bastion-P coastal defense missiles. Previously, Russia’s ministry of defense said Russia’s military had used the missiles from Bastion-P coastal defense system to destroy a radio and reconnaissance center of Ukraine armed forces.
Bastion-P coastal defense system was primarily used as anti-ship weapon to destroy targets at sea but as both Syria war and Ukraine war have indicated, Bastion-P coastal defense system has got a secondary land-attack capabilities.
Bastion-P coastal defense system is also known as SSC-5 Stooge by NATO or the K-300P Bastion-P and employs some supersonic P-800 Oniks anti-ship missiles which are used on board both ships and submarines and carry western designation name of SS-N-26 Strobile and is known as Yokhont in export version.
Missiles from Bastion-P coastal defense system are launched by a solid fuel rocket booster before a liquid-fuel ramjet takes over, propelling it to speeds of up to mach 2.2 with a maximum range of 180 miles and involves high altitude cruise phase but the missile can also be programmed to fly at low altitude trojectory reducing the range to a round 70 miles.
Missiles used in Bastion-P coastal defense system use an inertial navigation system(INS) with the help of GLONASS satellite navigation for their initial flight torwads the target before changing to active radar guidance. When Bastion-P coastal defense system is in a land attack mode, the active radar seeker are mainly used to engage and destroy large targets.
As the war continues, we are likely to see Putin relay more on Long range weapons systems inorder to reduce casualties on ground in Ukraine but such weapons always carry a massive destructive power which means more destruction to Ukraine infrastructure.