Syria reveals advanced Russian P-800 anti-ship missile

December 21, 2011 20:20

During Syrian military maneuvers Wednesday, Syria revealed, for the first time, the P-800 supersonic Yakhont anti-ship missile, which it had purchased last year from Russia. Recent media reports claimed that Russia had delivered the missiles but Wednesday was the first time that they were revealed publicly.

Israel had lobbied Russia not to sell the missiles to Syria but Moscow went ahead with the sale. Defense officials have said that missile would pose a serious threat to Israel Navy ships and that it was possible that Syria would transfer it to Hezbollah.

During the 2006 Second Lebanon War, Hezbollah succeeded in striking an Israeli navy missile ship with an Iranian-supplied surface-to-sea missile.

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