“The Bastion complex can work three times better”
Rear Admiral Seregin explained why the Bastion BC was used on a target near Odessa
The Russian Armed Forces destroyed the Center for the Collection and Training of Foreign Mercenaries near Odessa with high-precision missiles from the Bastion coastal complex, the Defense Ministry said. "Gazeta.Ru" figured out why they used this particular complex and what are the possibilities for its modernization.
“High-precision missiles from the Bastion coastal missile system in the area of the settlement of Krasnoselka northeast of Odessa destroyed the Center for the Collection and Training of Foreign Mercenaries,” said the official representative of the military department, Igor Konashenkov.
This is the second use of the complex during a special military operation in Ukraine. On March 19, at a briefing by the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation, it was stated that the missiles of the complex destroyed electronic intelligence centers also in the Odessa region. The Bastion complex, according to NATO classification SSC-5 Stooge (“Puppet”), is designed to destroy surface ships of various classes and types from the composition of landing formations, convoys, ship and aircraft carrier strike groups, as well as single ships and ground radio-contrast targets in conditions of intense fire and electronic countermeasures.
Produced by JSC VPK NPO Mashinostroeniya, which is part of the Tactical Missiles Corporation. Adopted by the Russian army in 2010.
"Bastion" is equipped with "Onyx" missiles, the combat range of which is 600 kilometers. In 2016, it was used during attacks on terrorist targets in Syria. At the same time, these were also not ships, but targets located on land. The Russian Defense Ministry published a corresponding video on the YouTube portal.
The Bastion complex can be effectively used against ground targets. Bastion has a supersonic Onyx rocket. The hitting accuracy of such a missile is exceptionally high,” said Konstantin Bogdanov, senior researcher at the Center for International Security at the IMEMO RAS.
Retired Rear Admiral Valery Seregin, in an interview with a Gazeta.Ru correspondent, explained why Bastion was used to destroy targets near Odessa.
"Firstly, its use is justified where the target is protected by means of not only air defense, but also electronic warfare. This is a special "trick" of "Onyx". It easily breaks electronic protection and is almost insensitive to it. This is what allows him to destroy ships with powerful electronic warfare stations. It is natural to use it for those ground facilities where there is serious electronic protection. Secondly, the targets in the coastal strip, next to the sea, are the most understandable targets for the Bastion, just like the ships," Seregin said
A similar point of view is shared by Doctor of Military Sciences Konstantin Sivkov. He stressed that the missile complex "Onyx" has "special technological properties."
“This missile has the ability to fire beyond the horizon, complete autonomy of combat use according to the “fire and forget” principle, its use is effective in the conditions of electronic countermeasures. It should be noted the special accuracy of hitting such a missile,” Sivkov said.
Rear Admiral Seregin noted that the Bastion complex has "absolutely unique opportunities for modernization."
“The possibility of permanent modernization is built into its technological structure. In particular, it is Bastion that is being considered as a potential land carrier for the Zircon missile. But first, warships and submarines of several projects will become carriers of these weapons. If then the Bastion is equipped with the Zircon, the combat range will be 1700 km. Thus, Bastion can work three times better,” Seregin believes.
At the same time, according to Sivkov, the Onyx missile already used at the complex also has great potential for modernization. "These improvements will be aimed at improving the noise immunity of the homing head to ensure effective defeat of the enemy," the expert specified.
In turn, Bogdanov believes that the modernization of the Bastion may also affect the improvement of the onboard control equipment of the Onyx and the element base in the direction of increasing the range, noise immunity, target correction, homing head modes.