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Russia claims to have tested missiles in the Sea of ​​Japan


Russian Defense Ministry says Moscow tested anti-ship missiles in Sea of ​​Japan

MOSCOW — The Russian Defense Ministry said Moscow tested anti-ship missiles in the Sea of ​​Japan.

The ministry said on Tuesday that two boats launched a mock missile attack on a mock enemy warship about 100 kilometers (60 miles) away. The ministry said the target was successfully hit by two Moskit cruise missiles.

The Moskit, whose NATO reporting name is the SS-N-22 Sunburn, is a supersonic anti-ship cruise missile with conventional and nuclear warhead capability.

It indicates that the exercise took place in Pierre-le-Grand Bay in the Sea of ​​Japan but does not give more precise coordinates.

The Japanese Ministry of Defense had no immediate response. The US Navy’s 7th Fleet did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Joanna Swanson

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