Russia to deploy 1st Bastion silo-based coastal missile system in Crimea by 2020

Russia will deploy its first Bastion silo-based surface-to-ship missile system in Crimea to cover the Black Sea area within the next five years, a source with the Russian Navy main staff told Interfax-AVN on Thursday.

"The first Bastion silo-based surface-to-ship missile system will be deployed in Crimea within the next five years. It will use both the currently existing Yakhont anti-ship [missiles] and prospected missile systems being developed at the moment, which will be capable of destroying any target in the Black Sea area," the source said.

The fact that the said missile system will be silo-based will significantly increase its viability, he said.

"The stationary type of deployment would make a retaliatory strike upon any ship invading Russia's territorial waters in the Black Sea inevitable," he said.

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