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Bastion-P

Costal defense missile system

Bastion-P

The Bastion-P is in service with Russia and has been exported to Syria and Vietnam

 
 
Country of origin Russia
Entered service 2010
Crew 3 men
Dimensions and weight
Weight 41 t
Length ~ 12.8 m
Width ~ 3 m
Height ~ 3.6 m
Missile
Missile length 8.6 m
Missile diameter 0.67 m
Missile weight 3 100 kg
Warhead weight 200-250 kg
Warhead type ?
Range of fire up to 300 km
CEP ~ 1.5 m
Mobility
Engine YaMZ-846 diesel
Engine power 500 hp
Maximum road speed 80 km/h
Range 1 000 km
Maneuverability
Gradient 45%
Side slope 30%
Vertical step ~ 0.6 m
Trench ~ 2 m
Fording 1.4 m

 

   The K-300P or Bastion-P is a Russian mobile costal defense missile system. The "P" letter in the designation denotes "mobile". This coastal defense missile system is known in the West as SSC-5 Stooge. Development began in the 1990s.

   The Bastion-P is in service with the Russian armed forces. First 3 systems were delivered to the Russian military in 2010. These are in service with the Black Sea Fleet. Latter one more missile system was delivered to the Black Sea Fleet and 2 systems to the Northern Fleet. This coastal defense system has been exported to Syria (2 systems) and Vietnam (2 systems).

   The main role of the Bastion-P is to engage various surface ships. It can also engage carrier battle groups, convoys or landing craft. In some cases missiles fired from this system can target surface targets.

   The Bastion-P launcher carries two P-800 Oniks/Yakhont (SS-N-26 Strobile) anti-ship cruise missiles. These have a range of 300 km with hi-low flight trajectory and 120 km with low-low flight trajectory. It is worth noting that the same missile was used as a basis for the BRAHMOS cruise missile.

   The missile has a two-stage propulsion system. It uses solid-fuel rocket booster for initial acceleration and liquid-fuel ramjet for sustained supersonic cruise. The booster is ejected by the airflow after it has burned out.

   The warhead weights about 200-250 kg. It seems that this missile can carry nuclear or conventional warheads.

    It is a fire-and-forget type missile. It uses a satellite guidance at the initial stage of the flight and active radar guidance when it approaches a target. This missile uses a Russian sea-skimming cruise missile technology. It can fly at altitude from 5 to 14 000 meters above the sea level. At the final stage of the flight it has minimum altitude. Also it can maneuver at supersonic speed before hitting the target. Close-in weapon systems might not be effective against this missile, as it travels too fast. Also this missile can be used in electronic countermeasures environment. So it might be a hard nut for air defense systems to intercept.

   The launcher vehicle is based on a Belarusian MZKT-7930 heavy high mobility chassis. Vehicle has good cross-country mobility and can operate over rough terrain. The TEL vehicle is operated by a crew of 3, including commander, operator and driver.

   The TEL vehicle can launch its missiles within 5 minutes from travelling. Vehicle has a vertical launch configuration. It can launch both missiles with short interval of 2-5 seconds between the launches. The missile can be used up to a Sea State 7.

   The mobile launcher can remain on active standby over a period of 3-5 days. Once supported by a combat duty support vehicle, the Bastion-P launchers can remain on active standby for up to 30 days.

   A battery of Bastion-P consists of 4 mobile launchers, 1-2 command and control vehicles, 1 support vehicle; 4 transloaders. Launcher vehicles can be located up to 25 km away from the command and control vehicles. The whole Bastion-P battery is controlled from the main Naval headquarters. If required launcher vehicles can operate autonomously.

   Also Russians propose additional over-the-horizon radar for the Bastion-P. A mobile version is based on the same MZKT-7930 8x8 high mobility chassis. Alternatively Russians their Ka-31 airborne early warning helicopter for this role.

 

Video of the Bastion-P coastal defense missile system

 
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