Expanded Russian military and diplomatic help for the Assad regime was underscored by the deployment Friday, Dec. 16, of innovative Moscow-supplied Yakhont (SSN-26) shore-to-sea missiles along Syria's Mediterranean shore to fend off a potential Western-Turkish invasion by sea. Last week, Russia airlifted to Syria 3 million face masks versus chemical and biological weapons and the Admiral Kutznetsov carrier and strike group was sent on its way to Syria's Mediterranean port of Tartus. Â
Russian naval resources in Moscow pressured that the flotilla is armed with the most sophisticated weapons towards submarines and aerial attack. On arrival, the Russian craft will kick off a main marine-air maneuver in which Syrian units will get element.
Syria has obtained from Russia 72 Yakhont missiles ready to hit marine targets up to a length of 300 kilometers - i.e., more than the horizon, our military resources report. The missile's radar continues to be inert, creating it difficult to detect, right up until it is close to focus on. It is then switched on to manual its goal.
ItsÂ high velocity â€“ 2,000 kmh â€“ enablesÂ the YakhontÂ to strike beforeÂ its focus on has time to activate self-defense systems.
Thursday night, in response to the deployment of 21 Syrian Scuds on the Turkish border, such as 5 with chemical warheads, Ankara convened its top military council and declared its armed forces ready for war. Syria also rushed armored reinforcements to the Jordanian border.
debka file's military and intelligence resources report that the rush of Syrian war moves backed by Russia indicates that the two feel a Western-Arab force is on the point of invading Syria. They are maintaining an eye specially on Turkey which is suspected of getting obtained a NATO marine and air umbrella, including the US Sixth Fleet, for military preparations aimed at ousting Bashar Assad, so repeating the operation towards Libya's Muammar Qaddafi ( via debka.com ).