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Russia releases video of lethal missile blowing up fleet of warships

Russia released a video that highlighted the country's anti-ship missiles blowing up a fleet of ships during training exercises. (Image source: Video screenshot)

The Russian Defense Ministry released a video that showed its lethal Kh-35U anti-ship missiles blowing up a fleet of ships during training exercises.

“As part of the implementation of planned combat missions at the Pacific Fleet’s naval test range, Su-34 multifunctional fighter-bombers carried out practical launches of the newest guided anti-ship missiles Kh-35U,” the Russian Defense Ministry wrote on its blog.

The footage released on Monday shows an SU-34 long-range strike aircraft just before take off and then skips forward to show several "enemy" ships being blown up by the long-range missiles.

"They made a total of eight launches," the defense ministry said on Tuesday in a statement on its blog. "All the missiles successfully engaged the targets."

The blog noted that the "launches were carried out in a tricky targets situation."

Finally, the aircraft is shown returning to land on the runway. The testing took place off the nation's Pacific coastline.

The Kh-35U anti-ship missile was developed by Russia's JSC Tactical Missiles Corporation. It's the newest variant of the Kh-35, which was placed into service in 2015.

Kh-35U has a range of about 155 miles and can wipe out surface ships up to 5,000 tons and surface targets, according to the defense ministry.

Russian officials also claim the missile is "immune" to countermeasures.

The U.S. Department of Defense did not respond to TheBlaze's request for comments.

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