[A-List] Russian Missiles In Syria To Protect Naval Base
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Mon Sep 20 18:11:12 MDT 2010
Russian Information Agency Novosti
September 20, 2010
Yakhont missiles could protect Russian naval base in Syria - analyst
Russian-made mobile anti-ship missile systems sold to Syria could be used to
protect a Russian naval supply and maintenance site near Syria's
Mediterranean port of Tartus, a Russian arms trade expert said on Monday.
Russia earlier announced it would honor a 2007 contract on the delivery of
several Bastion anti-ship missile systems armed with SS-N-26 Yakhont
supersonic cruise missiles to Syria, despite U.S. and Israel security
Syria needs to shield a 600-km stretch of its coastline from potential
"One of the purposes of the deployment of Bastion missile systems in Syria
is to ensure the protection of the Russian naval site in Tartus," said Igor
Korotchenko, head of a Moscow-based think tank on the international arms
The Yakhont missile has a range of 300 kilometers, the capacity to carry a
200-kilogram warhead and the unique ability of being able to cruise several
meters above the water surface, making it difficult to detect and intercept.
According to Korotchenko, none of the world's existing warships could thwart
a Yakhont missile attack.
The Soviet-era naval maintenance site near Tartus is Russia's only military
foothold in the Mediterranean. Russia plans to modernize the facility to
accommodate large warships, including missile cruisers and even aircraft
carriers after 2012.
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