3K55 Bastion (NATO reporting name: SSC-5 Stooge) launcher unit moving into firing position
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The Chukotka Peninsula is the eastmost peninsula of Asia. Its eastern end is at Cape Dezhnev, the eastmost mainland point of Eurasia just 82 kilometres (51 mi) across from Cape Prince of Wales in Alaska; the Bering Strait lies between the two capes.
As of March 2016, Russian Coastal Missile and Artillery Troops (RCMAT) service had deployed 36 modern mobile coastal defense systems, according to an International Institute for Strategic Studies` (IISS) report:
- 12 K340P mobile launchers of 3K55 Bastion (SSC-5 Stooge) system. Bastion comprises four K340P launchers, up to two command and control posts, four K342P transport-loader vehicles and one launch-associated support vehicle. Each K340P mobile launcher is armed with two 3M55 Onyx (SS-N-26 Strobile, export designation: Yakhont) ASM. Bastion has an effective firing range of 300 km. According to the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute`s (SIPRI) arms trabsfers database, Vietnam and Syria have received the export variant of Bastion system.
- 24 mobile launchers of 3K60 Bal (NATO reporting name: SS-C-6 Sennight) system. Bal is based on MZKT-7930 8x8 wheeled chassis produced by Minsk Wheel Tractor Plant 'Volat' (Russian acronym: MZKT). The system comprises up to two command and control posts, up to four transport-loader vehicles and up to eight self-propelled launchers. Each launcher is armed with eight Kh-35/Kh-35U (AS-20 Kayak) anti-ship missiles (ASM). Kh-35 has a maximum firing range of 120 km, Kh-35U - 260 km. 3K60 Bal system has an ammunition load of up to 64 ASM. Russian KBM company (a subsidiary of the Hugh-Precision Weapons holding) has developed export modification of Bal designated as Bal-E. As of April 2016, there are no officially confirmed foreign operators of Bal-E.
- RCMAT service has also deployed several ageing mobile coastal defense systems, namely, 4K44 Redut (SS-C-1 Sepal) and 4K51 Rubezh (SS-C-3 Styx).
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