[Ed. – For the U.S.-Japan alliance, this is a lost point. American power kept this dispute in stasis for more than 60 years. But today, everyone knows Obama won’t back Japan in doing anything about it. It’s no wonder Japan’s Liberal Democratic Party wants to change the constitution to effectively allow “militarism” again. Look at the range: the Kurils are right off Japan’s northern coast. This missile can hit targets well inside Japan. An air defense missile battery in the Kurils would be able to shoot down planes inside Japanese main-island air space.]
The Russian Navy will deploy the Bastion-P (NATO reporting name: SS-C-5 Stooge) mobile coastal defense missile system (MCDMS) to the Kuril Islands in late Summer 2016, according to a source in the Russian defense industry.
“The Ministry of Defense is planning to deploy the Bastion-P mobile missile systems to the Kurils in August 2016. The systems will significantly increase the combat capabilities of the Pacific Fleet of the Russian Navy,” the source said.
The 3K55 Bastion-P MCDMS is designed to destroy naval surface combatants at distances of up to 300 km (185 miles).