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Defense Forces Expedition Survey Fortification Structures on Kuril Island Matua - EastRussia | Far East






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Survey of fortifications on the Kuril island of Matua completed expedition of the Ministry of Defense

Search explorations of the coast of the Ainu bay on Matua Island were completed by the expedition of the Ministry of Defense and the Russian Geographical Society

Survey of fortifications on the Kuril island of Matua completed expedition of the Ministry of Defense
This information is provided by the headquarters of the Eastern Military District (VVO).

"As a result of a detailed survey, detailed schemes of underground and ground fortifications, as well as the defense area as a whole, are compiled," the VVO press service reported.

During the Second World War, on the coast of the Ainu Bay there was an 127 millimeter-long battery of universal guns at six positions, nine machine-gun and artillery dots that operated as part of the Japanese garrison's battalion defense post.

The press service of the air defense forces on Wednesday said that the joint expedition of the Ministry of Defense and the RGO had begun engineering work to restore the airfield on the island of Matua.

The airfield has two runways longer than 1 200 meters and a width of 80 meters with concrete and asphalt coating, the press release said.

In March, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said that the sailors of the Russian Pacific Fleet will soon embark on a three-month expedition to the islands of the Great Kuril chain. The aim is to study the possibilities of a prospective basing of the Pacific Fleet forces. According to S. Shoigu, in Kuril Islands in 2016 coastal missile systems "Bal" and "Bastion" will be deployed.

Expedition consisting of 200 man under the leadership of Deputy Commander of the Pacific Fleet Vice Admiral Andrei Ryabukhin on six ships and ships 7 May left Vladivostok and 14 May arrived on the island of Matua.

The mobile coastal missile system "Bastion" is equipped with a supersonic self-guided anti-ship missile 3M55E "Yakhont". "Bastion" is designed to protect the sea coast in excess of 600 km and destroy surface ships of various classes and types, operating as part of amphibious assaults, convoys, ship and carrier strike groups.

Complex "Ball" was adopted in the 2008 year. Included in the coastal defense forces, is designed to protect territorial waters, naval bases, coastal infrastructure facilities and for anti-landing defense of the coast. "Ball" is equipped with an anti-ship missile X-35 (3M24).