Skip to comments.Syria deploys “Bastion” missile system along coastline
Posted on 12/15/2011 7:49:35 PM PST by sukhoi-30mki
Syria deploys Bastion missile system along coastline
Syria is deploying the Bastion advanced missile system along its coast. There had been uncertainty over the contract to supply Syria with Russias advanced mobile coastal defence system L-300P Bastion carrying Yakhont missiles. Few people believed in the possibility of supplying Damascus with these weapons after the launch of the reset between Russia and the U.S. in 2009 because the move could really upset the balance of power in the Eastern Mediterranean.
The U.S. and Israel have always been the main opponents of weapon deals between Russia and Syria, but their respective reactions to the supply of the Bastion system to Syria were different. When the U.S. traditionally expressed its indignation over the deal, Israels reaction was almost unnoticeable except some general statements made by the Israeli foreign ministry, even though Israel should be the first to worry about upgrades in Syrias defence capability.
But, there was a reason for Israels sluggish response to the supply of the Bastion system to Syria. Its related to the balance of power between Tel Aviv and Damascus, as well as the current situation in the region.
The outcome of a possible conflict between Israel and Syria would be mainly decided in the air and on the land. In this scenario, naval supremacy would be of secondary importance because regardless of Syrias hypothetical successes in attacks on the Israeli navy, they would do nothing to influence the out come. .
For Israel, the threat posed by Syrias Air Force, Ground Forces and air defence systems is seen as more significant. Consequently, the supply to Syria of air defence systems, fighter jets, advance armoured vehicles and weaponry for the ground forces is a cause for a greater worry for Israel. Particularly as there is a considerable chance that military equipment and the weaponry intended for the ground forces might fall into the hands of terrorists. This particularly applies to such weapons as shoulder fired anti-aircraft and antitank missiles, light armoured vehicles and firearms.
Theoretically, under the guise of terrorists Syrians themselves could launch attacks on Israel from the regions controlled by Syria. But one should note that in the current situation, Syria does not need any conflicts with Israel.
Why has Syria bought the Bastion system? Whose ships will be targeted by the Yakhont missiles? There is a clear answer to these questions: its the Turkish navy. The relations between Syria and Turkey have worsened especially after Turkey joined the countries that imposed sanctions on Syria and put its troops stationed along the Syrian border on high alert. The probability of a conflict between the two countries has recently risen. Such a conflict would benefit the U.S. because it would pave the way for once again undermining the position of Iran, which is a partner of Syria. Thus, one cannot exclude the possibility of an attempt by the U.S. to further its interests in the region by using Turkey cleanse Syria.
Provided that Syria approaches the process of formation and training its personnel, the new missile systems could render any naval operation on Syrias coastline really difficult. Moreover, in the conditions of contemporary information society, even a small loss, say a sunken warship, would be sufficient to thwart the operation, particularly in the case of European powers or the U.S.
Gee. Who knew that Hope ‘n Change would be so good for the manufacturers of missile systems in other countries.
Damascus takes one more step toward becoming a heap of rubble that will never be rebuilt.
If it can keep moving, its’ not going to be easy to kill. However the Syrians are unlikely to have systems to effectively find targets for it.
More proof that Communist Russia is the enemy of the Free World, or what is left of it.
It's political fodder.
Advanced forces know what's there and how to defeat it.
End of story.
However the Syrians are unlikely to have systems to effectively find targets for it.
The Russian carrier group moving into position off the Syrian coast will make sure the targets are found.
This goes hand-in-glove with the Scuds with chemical warheads now stationed near the Turkish border ...
The Syrians also have advanced air defenses such as the S-300. The Israelis managed to spoof them once, but there is some question if the trick will work a second time.
That will depend on how long the Russians decide to hang around. The Kuznetsov is conventionally powered and the Russian navy has been weak on logistics for a long time.
That will depend on how long the Russians decide to hang around.
Right. But first, they will be holding a major exercise with the Syrians and then, well, we’ll have to see. Things are definatively heating up.
The Kuznetsov carrier battle group is in no rush to get to Syria either as they have just headed out into the Atlantic for continued exercises. If Russia was coming to defend Syria the carrier battle group would be steaming with all speed to Syrian waters.
The only Russian warship (Frigate Ladnyy) currently in the Mediterranean has just recently visited Malta and is on its way to France.