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Russia’s Northern Fleet to receive 3K60 Bal coastal defense missile system
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Russia’s Northern Fleet will receive the Bal (NATO reporting name: SSC-6 Sennight) coastal defense missile system to accomplish tasks in the Arctic, CEO of the Taifun Instrument-Manufacturing Plant in Kaluga in west Russia Andrei Petrakov said.
 
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Russia’s Northern Fleet to receive 3K60 Bal coastal defense missile system
 
Russia’s Northern Fleet will receive the Bal (NATO reporting name: SSC-6 Sennight) coastal defense missile system to accomplish tasks in the Arctic, CEO of the Taifun Instrument-Manufacturing Plant in Kaluga in west Russia Andrei Petrakov said.
     
As of March 2016, RCMAT service has received 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.
3K60 BAL (NATO reporting name: SS-C-6 Sennight) Coastal Missile System of the Russian Navy Pacific Fleet Coastal Troops seen during its first test launch in Primorye territory.
     
"In 2016, the enterprise is expected to deliver two Bal coastal defense missile systems. The first Bal system was delivered to the Baltic Fleet in September 2016," Petrakov said on the single military hardware acceptance day.

"The second Bal coastal defense missile system has passed acceptance trials and is ready for shipment to the Northern Fleet to accomplish tasks in the Arctic zone," he added.

According to the CEO, the enterprise is producing and delivering Bal coastal defense missile systems to Russia’s Navy under state contracts.

"During a stage of the Kavkaz 2016 exercise, a Bal coastal defense missile system earlier delivered to the Black Sea Fleet hit a simulated enemy’s target and showed its effectiveness and readiness to accomplish assigned missions," Petrakov added.

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