Skip to comments.Israel working to thwart Russia arms deal with Syria
Posted on 08/26/2010 10:07:32 PM PDT by Nachum
Israel is trying to prevent an arms deal between Russia and Syria, and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has asked his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, to stop the arms sale involving advanced anti-shipping missiles. The deal involves the sale of advanced P-800 Yakhont supersonic cruise missiles to the Syrian military. Israel considers this weaponry capable of posing significant danger to its navy vessels in the Mediterranean Sea.
(Excerpt) Read more at haaretz.com ...
Excerpted rom FAS.org:
“The supersonic P-800 Yakhont (Gem) is a ramjet version of P-80 Zubr [SS-N-7 Starbright]....Flight speed varying over the range from M=2.0 to M=2.5 is provided by the kerosene-fueled multi-mode liquid-fuel ramjet...The closest American counterparts, the Tomahawk and Harpoon missiles, are subsonic; the best French antiship missile, the Exocet, has a range of only 45 miles.”
Sounds like a nasty bugger. Hard to know how good the guidance system and resistance to ECM/ECCM are, but I wouldn’t want to have to find out.
Prayers for Bibi and Israel.
That sell is not gonna happend.
Last time they was to sell Mig-31s and S-300 but never did.
Russians are careful not to sell to sophisticated weapons to Arabs. They will sell them enough for defense but nothing too good.
Anyway, in the same time, US is selling F-15s to Saudis....
Thanks for the ping!