Bal missile system successfully passes first firing drill in Primorye

The Pacific Fleet's coast guard brigade has successfully used a Bal missile system in a firing drill. The system entered service with the brigade late last year, the Russian Defense Ministry has reported.

The Pacific Fleet's coast guard brigade has successfully used a Bal missile system in a firing drill. The system entered service with the brigade late last year, the Russian Defense Ministry has reported.

"The missile launches were carried out by over 400 personnel and involved about 20 pieces of combat and auxiliary gear," the Eastern Military District's press service said in a statement, received by Interfax-AVN on Tuesday.

"The missiles were fired at a sea target in compliance with the set standards," the statement says.

Before the launch the crew accomplished a 200-kilometer long march across Southern Primorye from its base.

"The personnel deployed the system hastily at an unprepared position and launched a missile at a sea target in compliance with the set standards. Naval aircraft and controller ships involved in the firing drill confirmed that the target had been hit," the press release says.

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