For the first time in 20 years, US experts have drawn attention to and praised Ukraine's missile programs, including the new anti-ship cruise missile Neptune. Thus, the Defense Industrial Courier news agency commented on the publication of the authoritative publication The National Interest in the Center for Army, Conversion and Disarmament Studies (CDACR) dedicated to Ukraine.
In particular, the CDACR noted that the first missile developments in the recent history of Ukraine began to be officially advertised at the international arms exhibition IDEX in 1999, then there were projects of operational-tactical missile system and cruise missile from CB "South". "However, from that time until today, the Americans have remained silent, which indicates the seriousness of Ukraine's current missile programs," the think tank said. "The weight of rocket achievements is evidenced by the hysteria in Russia, which emerged after the successful missile tests in April 2020," the CDDA added.
As you know, the other day The National Interest noted on its pages that Ukraine has made serious progress in developing its first cruise missile, which is actively undergoing tests at Ukrainian test sites. "If successful, Neptune will be a key technical and symbolic milestone in Ukraine's missile development program," the American magazine said. In addition, American observers noted that work on the creation of the first Ukrainian anti-ship cruise missile "gives a clear idea of Ukraine's progress." US experts noted the presence of the Ukrainian engine P95-300 in missiles, which significantly reduced the cost of its creation. At the same time, despite the problems with funding, the development continues to move forward. "However, Ukraine has moved forward with Neptune," the newspaper wrote.
In addition, on April 4, Radio Liberty quoted State Enterprise "Luch" about the future of the new cruise missile "Neptune": "The issue of financing the program" Neptune "in 2020 is decided by the customer in a planned manner. The main indicators of DOS are funds for the financing of these works. In the second quarter of 2020, the final stage of testing of the Neptune complex is carried out. It is projected that in 2020 the complex will be adopted by the Armed Forces of Ukraine and begin its mass production. "