Russia’s Bal coastal missile system (NATO reporting name SSC-3 or Styx) was moved from its permanent deployment location to the Sredny Peninsula on the Barents Sea coast on Wednesday evening, the Northern Fleet’s press service reported.

Sredny Peninsula is the smallest peninsula between the Pechenga Bay and Rybachny (Fisher) Peninsula, a northwestern appendix to the Kola Peninsula.


During blue-sky days, the coast of the Sredny Peninsula is visible from Vardø, the Norwegian town known for housing the Globus radar system operated by the country’s intelligence service.

The radars have been a thorn in the side of Russia’s security relations with Norway for a long time.

In May, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said that Russia would take countermeasures to a new and more modern radar that is currently under construction in Vardø.