Has Equipped Syria With Their Most Advanced Anti-Ship Missiles
By Michael Snyder
has sold Syria highly advanced rocket launchers, anti-aircraft
missiles and anti-ship missiles. In fact,
the P-800 Yakhont anti-ship missiles that Russia has
equipped Syria with are the most advanced anti-ship missiles
that Russia has. When the United States strikes Syria, they
might be quite surprised at how hard Syria can hit back. The
Syrian military is the most formidable adversary that the U.S.
military has tangled with in the Middle East by far. From
Syria, P-800 Yakhont anti-ship missiles can cover much of the
eastern Mediterranean and can even reach air bases in Cyprus.
If the U.S. Navy is not very careful to stay out of range, we
could easily see footage of destroyed U.S. naval vessels sinking
into the Mediterranean Sea on the evening news. And once the
American people see such footage, it will be impossible to stop
a full-blown war between the United States and Syria.
highly advanced weapons systems that Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya
did not have. Anyone that thinks that we can just sit back and
lob cruise missiles at them is being naive. Syria has weapons
that "have never before been seen" in the Middle East. The
following is from a recent article by
According to the report from Syrian-based
Dam Press and the Dyar Newspaper, the Russians
arenít backing off their Syria policy and they are getting
ready to double down by supplying Assadís military with
weapons the have never before been seen in the middle east.
when Western forces engage the Syrian army you can be
assured that it will be nothing like the 1991 conflict in
Iraq when a hundred thousand of Saddam Husseinís soldiers
surrendered without firing a shot. Nor will it be a no-fly
zone free-for-all where air forces will be able to target
military assets as they did in Libya without being
The Patriot Missiles will be hit and
repealed with S300 SAM [already installed
in Syria]. Putin also threatened to deliver
the more advanced S400 anti-aircraft missiles
He added that Russia will also supply
Syria with state-of-the-art 24-Barrell rocket
launchers which have a range of 60 km ranked as the
most developed artillery weapon of its kind.
Putin clearly stated that the Middle East
is going to witness a significant change. Syria will be
armed with weapons that have never been seen before [in the
Middle East] including computer guided smart missiles that
never miss their target.
He also added that Russia will supply
Syria with Skean 5 ground-to-sea missiles that are capable
of hitting and sinking any target up to 250 km off the
weapons systems mentioned in that article are very powerful.
For instance, the video posted below contains footage of the
rocket launchers mentioned in the article...
most immediate concern for the U.S. military are the anti-ship
missiles which Syria has reportedly acquired.
New York Times, the P-800 Yakhont anti-ship missiles that
Russia has sent to Syria are equipped with highly advanced radar
has sent advanced antiship cruise missiles to Syria, a move
that illustrates the depth of its support for the Syrian
government led by President Bashar al-Assad, American
officials said Thursday.
has previously provided a version of the missiles, called
Yakhonts, to Syria. But those delivered recently are
outfitted with an advanced radar that makes them more
effective, according to American officials who are familiar
with classified intelligence reports and would only discuss
the shipment on the basis of anonymity.
missiles have a range of approximately 180 miles, and they can
do an extraordinary amount of damage...
missiles are about 22 feet long, carry either a
high-explosive or armor-piercing warhead, and have a range
of about 180 miles, according to Janeís.
can be steered to a targetís general location by
longer-range radars, but each missile has its own radar to
help evade a shipís defenses and home in as it approaches
senior American officials said that the most recent shipment
contained missiles with a more advanced guidance system than
video footage of a test firing of a P-800 Yakhont anti-ship
looks like the Syrians are going to have plenty of naval targets
to shoot at as well. According to Reuters,
a U.S. carrier group will soon be joining the five U.S.
destroyers that are already parked in the eastern
nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Nimitz and other ships
in its strike group are heading west toward the Red Sea to
help support a limited U.S. strike on Syria, if needed,
defense officials said on Sunday.
Nimitz carrier strike group, which includes four destroyers
and a cruiser, has no specific orders to move to the eastern
Mediterranean at this point, but is moving west in the
Arabian Sea so it can do so if asked. It was not immediately
clear when the ships would enter the Red Sea, but they had
not arrived by Sunday evening, said one official.
about leveraging the assets to have them in place should the
capabilities of the carrier strike group and the presence be
needed," said the official.
News says that an amphibious ship "with several hundred
Marines aboard" is also parked in the eastern Mediterranean...
Friday, the USS San Antonio, a Navy amphibious ship with
several hundred Marines aboard, was ordered to remain in the
eastern Mediterranean though defense officials said it too
was not part of the U.S. military planning for a limited
strike against Syria. Defense officials described the move
as ďa prudent decision should the shipís capabilities be
San Antonio was originally to be in the Mediterranean as
part of a long-scheduled commitment to support U.S. Africa
Command, several officials said. The ship was on its way to
a port call at the U.S naval base at Souda Bay on the Greek
Island of Crete when it was ordered to remain in the area.
San Antonio has resources that could prove useful in future
operations in the region. For example, the ship has several
hundred Marines aboard from the 26th Marine Expeditionary
Unit (MEU), as well as several helicopters or V-22 Ospreys
that could be useful in helping to rescue downed pilots.
So what do
you think will happen if the Syrians are able to hit any of our
ships or any of the air bases in Cyprus?
think that there is any chance that we will be able to avoid a
full-blown war at that point?
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