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Russia to Equip Small Missile Ships With Extra Defense Against Sea Drones

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MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Russia will start equipping its small missile ships, which are in use in all four Russian naval fleets, with additional anti-maritime-drone protection, based on lessons drawn during the special military operation in Ukraine, Renat Mistakhov, the CEO of Russia's Ak Bars shipbuilding corporation, told Sputnik.
"A rival understands that its main task is to, first, immobilize our vessel and then finish it off, and all that it does is striking the engine room of the ship. We have to ensure the protection of the engine room ... and we will provide additional protection," Mistakhov said.
At the same time, Russian small missile ships will continue to be equipped with the Pantsir missile defense system and the AK-630 artillery system, Mistakhov said.
Moreover, the producers of the Tor and Buk air defense systems are currently working on designing their maritime versions to deploy on Russia's naval vessels, as the land-based version shows poor efficiency against sea drones, the official added.
A Pantsir-S air defense missile system shoots during the Kavkaz 2020 military drills at the Ashuluk training range, in Astrakhan region, Russia - Sputnik International, 1920, 30.06.2024
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