Skip to comments.Israel worries Iran may give Russian anti-ship missile to Syria, Hizbullah
Posted on 08/27/2007 8:44:19 PM PDT by sukhoi-30mki
Aug 28, 2007
Israel worries Iran may give Russian anti-ship missile to Syria, Hizbullah
By YAAKOV KATZ
The recent delivery of an advanced Russian-made anti-ship missile to Iran has defense officials concerned it will be transferred to Syria and Hizbullah and used against the Israel Navy in a future conflict.
Called the SSN-X-26 Yakhont, the supersonic cruise missile can be launched from the coast and hit sea-borne targets up to 300 kilometers away. The missile carries a 200-kilogram warhead and flies a meter-and-a-half above sea level, making it extremely difficult to intercept. Its closest Western counterpart is the US-made Tomahawk and Harpoon.
The missile homes in on its target using an advanced radar guidance system that is said to make it resistant to electronic jamming.
The Yakhont is an operational and tactical missile and can be used against both a medium-sized destroyer and an aircraft carrier. It would pose a serious threat to the Israel Navy, according to defense officials.
"This is certainly a threat to the Navy," one defense official said. "There is a real fear that if this missile is in Iran it will also be in Syria and Lebanon."
During the Second Lebanon War, the IDF was surprised when the INS Hanit was struck by a Chinese-made ground-to-sea missile, which was not known to have been in Hizbullah hands. At the time, the IDF suspected Iran had assisted Hizbullah in the attack, which killed four sailors. While officials could not confirm that the missile had reached Syria or Hizbullah, the growing assumption is that any weapons system or missile that can be taken apart and fit into a shipping container can easily be transferred.
If used — A state of war would exist and Damascus should be fair game to destroy..
War is war.....each must use the means available to defeat the enemy......
I thoguht Iran Already gave em the missile... Remember the Israeli ship that got hit, back during last years Lebanon excursion???
That was a Chinese missile.Much smaller & subsonic weapon.
That's kinda' like "seeing trees instead of a forest" thinking isn't it?
After all, Iran is the big Kahuna of destruction of Israel rhetoric aren't they?
Israel Moves Troops From Syria Border
August 29, 2007
JERUSALEM (AP) — The Israeli army has decided that war with Syria is unlikely and is rotating forces out of the contested Golan Heights after months of cross-border tension, security officials say.
The decision by Israel’s military followed months of growing tensions along the frontier and concerns that the escalation could result in war. Over the summer, media reports of impending war alternated with announcements by Syrian and Israeli leaders that they had no interest in hostilities.
The Israeli officials said Syria’s military has now reduced its war readiness, but offered no details because the exact steps taken by the Syrians are classified. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to divulge the information to the press.
Israeli forces scheduled to hold maneuvers on the Golan Heights would now be moved away from the border to the country’s south to further reduce friction, the officials said, and the army’s war-readiness status on the Israel-Syria border is now considered over.
In Israel, speculation that Syria might initiate a war on the Golan was rooted in concerns Syria had been emboldened by the performance of Lebanese guerrillas in their conflict with Israel last summer.
The Lebanese Hezbollah militia, a Syrian proxy, ignited the war by attacking an Israeli border patrol, killing three soldiers and capturing two others. It managed to survive a monthlong Israeli offensive during which it bombarded Israeli towns with thousands of rockets.
Israel captured the strategic heights in the 1967 Mideast war and later annexed them. Israel and Syria haven’t fought a war on the Golan since 1973.
Syria demands that Israel return the heights in return for peace, but negotiations between the sides last broke down in 2000 over the extent of an Israeli withdrawal.