Russia’s Kh-22, Oniks missiles modernized - intelligence

Russia’s Kh-22, Oniks missiles modernized - intelligence

The shortage of high-precision missiles forces Russia to modernize the existing Kh-22 and Oniks missiles, and also use the Bal and Bastion complexes.

That’s according to the Deputy Chief of the Main Intelligence Directorate of Ukraine’s Defense Ministry, Vadym Skibitskyi, who spoke on the air of the national telethon, Ukrinform reports.

"The Russians see a shortage of high-precision missiles they had before the start of the war. ILast year they could use from 80 to 110 cruise missiles of the same type, for example, Kh-101, in one strike but now they have no such opportunity," Skibitskyi said, commenting on Russia's use of various types of missiles during the recent strikes.

Another factor in the expansion of the munitions types deployed by the Russians is the fact that they managed to modernize part of the existing weapons, Skibitsky added.

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"In addition, we clearly know that measures were taken to modernize some types of missiles. That’s including the Kh-22, which, in fact, has already become the Kh-32. The Main Directorate of Intelligence also has information about the measures taken by the Russian Federation to modernize the Oniks missiles,” said the GUR spokesman.

He emphasized that Oniks is an anti-ship missile intended for other purposes. In autumn, Mykolaiv, Odesa, and Kherson regions have already been hit by these missiles, and many misses were recorded back then.

"So after modernization, they again resumed the use of the Bal and Bastion complexes." Bastion is an Oniks missile, which is used, again, against civilian objects," Skibitskyi noted.

As reported earlier, referring to Operational Command South, during the latest Russian missile attack on Odesa, the enemy employed at least five types of missiles: Kalibr, Oniks, Kh-22, Iskander-K, and also Iskander-M ballistic missiles. As a result, one person died and 22 people were injured, including four children.

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