Skip to comments.Expert: Syria’s Supersonic Yakhont and Iskandar Missiles Deterring US Naval Attack
Posted on 08/27/2013 3:52:58 PM PDT by mulder1
The supersonic and long-range anti-ship Yakhont missiles of the Syrian army and the Lebanese Hezbollah (resistance movement) are serious deterrents to a US naval attack by its warships in the Mediterranean Sea, Dr. Mostafa Zahra, a military analyst and strategic studies expert, told FNA on Monday.
He said that Syrias Iskandar high-precision ballistic missiles and its anti-ship Scud missiles will also target the US warships in case of a US naval invasion of Syria, reminding that the American military vessels are not equipped with any weapons system to intercept or divert the Syrian anti-ship missiles.
The P-800 Oniks, also known in export markets as Yakhont (in English means ruby or sapphire), is a Russian/Soviet supersonic anti-ship cruise missile developed by NPO Mashinostroyeniya as a ramjet version of P-80 Zubr. The missile has a range of 300 kilometers.
Development of Yakhont missiles officially started in 1983, and by 2001 allowed the launch of the missile from land, sea, air and submarines. The missile has the NATO reporting codename SS-N-26. It is reportedly a replacement for the P-270 Moskit, but possibly also for the P-700 Granit.
Earlier on Sunday, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov warned the United States against the extremely dangerous consequences of military action against Syria.
Lavrov made the remarks during a telephone conversation with US Secretary of State John Kerry yesterday.
"Sergei Lavrov drew attention to the extremely dangerous consequences of a possible new military intervention for the whole Middle East and North Africa region," the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement.
It added that Moscow was "deeply alarmed" by Washingtons statement about its readiness to intervene in Syria.
Foreign Minister Lavrov urged restraint during the conversation with John Kerry, the statement said.
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What’s a gay task force commander to do? Follow orders from the gay islamist in Chief?
Never misunderestimate the sleeping giant.
When US sailors and soldiers and airmen die, Obama wins.
“Imagine if one of those Russian missiles was fired from Assad territory and hit a Russian ship. Attn: CIA.”
A Russian friend told me, “Can be no secrets in America. Somebody has a secret, they tell it. They get book deal. They go on TV and become ‘hero.’”
I think he’s right. The danger in trying to do something secret is nobody in positions to have such secrets can be trusted. Keeping secrets requires either fear, as in Soviet Russia, or a Christian and patriotic attitude. Somewhere in the line of secret keepers there will be a Godless liberal. Do you really want Putin to know we sank one of his ships? I don’t. It’s best if we keep well clear of the debacle.
God, I hope you are right....someone sinks a US carrier or actually any ship, the people will demand blood. I have no idea of our military capabilities so I fret over stupid at 1600 pa ave.... I imagine he be doing something to endanger Israel. They don’t play games. They have been giving out gas masks for weeks now. Dangerous times we live in...
“When US sailors and soldiers and airmen die, Obama wins.”... He may win the day but he may meet his maker sooner than anticipated. There are a lot of people in this country that are completely fed up with him and would prefer to see that happen (which I hope it does not). There are a lot of “crazies” out there.
The Russians are also in Syria sitting in their port... They have the SS-N-22 Sunburn, it has been called the most lethal missile in the world today.
Iran also has these, perhaps Syria as well.
Never underestimate the other side.
The Sunburn can deliver a 200-kiloton nuclear payload or a 750-pound conventional warhead, within a range of 100 miles, more than twice the range of the Exocet. The Sunburn combines a Mach 2.1 speed (two times the speed of sound) with a flight pattern that hugs the deck and includes violent end maneuvers to elude enemy defenses. The missile was specifically designed to defeat the US Aegis radar defense system. Should a US Navy Phalanx point defense somehow manage to detect an incoming Sunburn missile, the system has only seconds to calculate a fire solution not enough time to take out the intruding missile. The US Phalanx defense employs a six-barreled gun that fires 3,000 depleted-uranium rounds a minute, but the gun must have precise coordinates to destroy an intruder just in time.
The Sunburns combined supersonic speed and payload size produce tremendous kinetic energy on impact, with devastating consequences for ship and crew. A single one of these missiles can sink a large warship, yet costs considerably less than a fighter jet. Although the Navy has been phasing out the older Phalanx defense system, its replacement, known as the Rolling Action Missile (RAM) has never been tested against the weapon it seems destined to one day face in combat.
They might be Iranian. But they are not ALL lies.
Do a google search about the Navy guy that was kicked out of war games because he used his “opposing” force of Iranian fast boats—and kept winning.
Our forces are certainly superior. But they are not invincible.
So we kill people who kill people and both sides want to kill us. What’s not to like?
I feel sorry for our heroes in the military. If it goes well “Obama did it”,,if something goes screwy, we’ll never find out who really did it but we will be shown a scapegoat.
Plus, if we have an special ops in the area, there’s no guarantee Biden won’t open his yap and expose them.
one way or another damascus will get totally leveled.
The Syrian missiles, which are located in the Syria port city of Latakia, were easily targeted by Israel. The Yakhont has a operational range of 186 max nmi. The Arleigh-burke Class Destroyers in the Med, carry missles with a range of 700nmi. to 1350 nmi., depending on what they want to launch. The USS Gravley and her sisters can stand well away from Assad’s reach and deliver a punishing blow. The Iranians are publishing propaganda.
obozo is doing all he can to deplete US military power and if the US Navy loses a few ships and some sailors over an attack on Syria, the obozo will be doing a victory dance.
And Russia destroys Saudi Arabia::
Not sure about this site...Maggie? Do you know much about this site on link above? Sounds pretty serious if true. Game changer......
Syria retaliates by sinking most of our ships. Obama only learned about it when he read the newspapers after his golf outing.
Would kill lots more than the gas attack. Obama doesn’t want to kill muzzies. Their his people.