posted on Jun, 23 2012 @ 02:45 AM
In Sept. 2008, foreign minister Sergei Lavrov said that the planned sale of MiG-29SMT fighter jets, Iskander tactical missile systems, Yak-130
aircrafts and two Amur-1650 submarines are "in line with the international law" and "in the interests of strengthening stability and maintaining
security" in the region.
- Throughout 2011, Russia continued to sell Syria missile defense systems -- including the Buk-M2E surface-to-air missile system and
Bastion-P coastal defense missile systems.
For clarity, Bastion are ground mobile complexes of Yakhont supersonic cruise missiles, known also as carrier killers. Nuclear capable, they can be
used against ships as well as ground targets. With their announced range of ~300 km they put Israel in range. It is doubtful this is their real range,
because their predecessors Granit had 5-600 km range. Those types of missiles are the main weapon of the Russian missile cruisers to counteract the US
carrier groups. They are never tested in battle conditions - none of the countries that had a war with USA had them at that time.
With or without Iskander, Syria already has nuclear capable missile Yakhont (over 70) that could be fit with a chemical warhead and reach anywhere
from Incirlic to Tel Aviv. If however Iskander is delivered to Syria in the shadow, that will speak of quite bigger intentions than air and naval
defense. We will not know until the end what is installed inside those missiles. Perhaps the sophisticated complexes are managed by Russian personnel