Russia Deploying Missiles to Disputed Islands

According to an internal government document, Russia plans to deploy Bastion-P coastal defense units to two islands in the disputed Kuril Island chain, Kyodo News reported on August 2. Russian government officials have noted the systems have “already been moved and are now being prepared for operation.” The P-800 Oniks antiship missile which the Bastion-P system uses has a range of up to 300 km, although full use of this reach would require integrated, over-the-horizon surveillance and tracking of targets.

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Masao Dahlgren, "Russia Deploying Missiles to Disputed Islands," Missile Threat, Center for Strategic and International Studies, September 4, 2019, last modified September 4, 2019,