Russia Test Fires Bazalt Cruise Missile

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On June 22, “in the Barents Sea…the missile cruiser Marshal Ustinov…fired the main Bazalt missile system on the target position, simulating a detachment of ships of the conventional enemy,” according to the Press Service of the Northern Fleet. In the exercise, “[t]he cruise missile ‘Vulkan’ launched from the ship overcame more than one hundred and fifty nautical miles,” as reported by the Press Service of the Northern Fleet. It is not clear whether the P-1000 Vulkan has different specifications from the precursor Bazalt (SS-N-12 “Sandbox”) missile, which has a range of more than 500 km and is nuclear-capable.