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WASHINGTON — Russia 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.
The Yakhont is a radar-guided, supersonic anti-shipping missile designed for coastal defence. Depending upon its trajectory it has a range of between 120 and 300 km (75-186 miles).
US reports stress the ability this gives to the Assad government to push hostile naval forces away from Syria's shores. But the real significance of these reports, if true, is twofold. Firstly they show Russia's continuing desire to ensure that there be no Western intervention in Syria along the lines of what happened in Libya. Russian naval deployments in the Mediterranean back up this view.
But equally the real concern about the Yakhont may be their potential transfer to Syria's Lebanese ally Hezbollah. Israel has made it clear that a transfer of the Yakhont represents a red line that could prompt more air strikes against Syrian arms depots.
Originally posted by stirling
Those type missiles will not be allowed to get to the Syrian forces....
Israel will take them out because they have no choice.
Without air superiority israel is up the creek......edit on 17-5-2013 by stirling because: (no reason given)
Originally posted by all2human
reply to post by shapur
I agree but same could be said of Syrian,Iranian support for terrorist groups in Israel.edit on 17-5-2013 by all2human because: (no reason given)