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|Russia’s New Mega-missile Stuns The Globe by Tkester: 3:58am On Oct 10, 2015|
ALEPPO, SYRIA - OCTOBER 06: Smoke rises after Russian airtrikes hit ammunition-stores and bases of two opposition groups, in Mansoura region in the west of Aleppo, Syria on October 06, 2015.
On Oct. 7, Russian warships in the Caspian Sea fired 26 high-tech cruise missiles at rebel targets in Syria—a staggering 1,000 miles away.
The missiles in question, which the Pentagon calls SS-N-30s, were mostly unknown to the outside world before the Oct. 7 raid. Even close watchers of the Russian military were surprised to see them. The missile attack was also highly visible. In many ways, it was an announcement to the world, and America in particular, that the once-dilapidated Russian navy is back in action—and that Putin’s missileers are now among the planet’s most advanced.
Planning for the missile attack began on Oct. 5, six days after Moscow’s warplanes conducted their first bombing runs on rebel holdouts in western Syria. Russia is intervening in Syria ostensibly to help the Damascus regime defeat the so-called Islamic State widely known as ISIS, but the Russian attacks seem to be hitting ISIS’s enemies more than the terror army itself. What’s more, critics point out, Syria provides Moscow strategic access to the Mediterranean Sea.
“Russian reconnaissance had discovered a number of important objects of militants, which were to be destroyed immediately,” the Russian Defense Ministry explained in a statement. Drones, surveillance satellites, radio interception, and human spies on the ground helped planners select the targets, the ministry added.
“The strikes engaged plants producing ammunition and explosives, command centers, storages of munitions, armament, and [oil], as well as a training camp of terrorists on the territory of Raqqa, Idlib, and Aleppo,” according to the ministry. Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said the missiles struck all 11 planned targets.
The Russian military celebrated the raid with a press release and an official video, and Shoigu went on national TV to praise the operation. Kurdish militiamen shot video they claimed depicted the missiles flying over northern Iraq. And the U.S. military apparently closely tracked the rocket-powered, guided munitions—and later claimed that several malfunctioned and crashed in Iran.
Eric Wertheim, an independent U.S. naval analyst and author of the definitive Combat Fleets of the World, a reference guide to warships and their weapons, agrees, saying of the missile volley: “I think it was a demonstration to the world.”
Wertheim and other foreign analysts were familiar with an earlier version of the SS-N-30 called the SS-N-27, but the latter is an anti-ship missile and the analysts assumed it could only fly 150 miles or so—a fraction of the roughly thousand miles the rockets traveled during the recent raid.
The SS-N-30 obviously boasts a much greater range than its predecessors and can also strike targets on dry land. That makes it broadly similar to the American Tomahawk missile, which the U.S. military traditionally fires in large numbers from ships and submarines in order to wipe out enemy air defenses before conducting aerial bombing campaigns. The U.S. Navy fired Tomahawks to hit the most heavily defended ISIS targets at the beginning of the American-led air war over Syria in September 2014.
Very few countries posses Tomahawks or similar munitions—and only the United States and Great Britain have ever successfully used them in combat. Now Russia has joined that exclusive club of global military powers. And that should worry the Pentagon, Wertheim said: “It should be a wakeup call that we don’t have a monopoly on the capability.”
What’s particularly striking is that Moscow has been able to build this long-range naval strike capability with much smaller vessels than anyone thought possible. In the U.S. Navy, large destroyers, cruisers, and submarines carry Tomahawk cruise missiles—and those vessels are typically at least 500 feet long and displace as many as 9,000 tons of water.
The four brand-new warships that launched the SS-N-30s were much, much smaller—ranging in length from 200 to 330 feet and displacing no more than 1,500 tons of water. “Small ships, big firepower,” Wertheim commented.
That matters because, after the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, Russia’s shipbuilding industry suffered a long period of deep decline that the Kremlin has lately struggled to reverse. That has had a profound effect on the Russian navy. “There are relatively few new warships in service at present and the ones that have been commissioned in recent years are all relatively small,” Dmitry Gorenburg, from Harvard University’s Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies, wrote in a recent analysis.
But the October barrage proves that even the small warships that Russia is building can strike hard and far—something that, once upon a time, only the United States and its closest allies could do. Moscow’s missile raid helps re-establish Russia as a global military power. “They’re very serious about this,” Wertheim said.
Cc: shymm3x, Appleyard, NairaMinted, Missy89.
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|Re: Russia’s New Mega-missile Stuns The Globe by Tkester: 4:01am On Oct 10, 2015|
The bolded is for those who think that the Russia's military is all about the information they get from CIA controlled media. Russia has got some badass weapons, doubt it to your own peril.
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|Re: Russia’s New Mega-missile Stuns The Globe by Johnpaul2k2(m): 4:02am On Oct 10, 2015|
Wipe them off
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|Re: Russia’s New Mega-missile Stuns The Globe by Pavore9: 4:06am On Oct 10, 2015|
ISIS will get the pounding of their lives!
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|Re: Russia’s New Mega-missile Stuns The Globe by Tkester: 4:37am On Oct 10, 2015|
Some people will not like this news.
Missy89 comes to mind.
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|Re: Russia’s New Mega-missile Stuns The Globe by Babe2sure(f): 4:48am On Oct 10, 2015|
I don't get it! Are some people doubting the capability of Russians to have weapons of mass destruction? Isn't it part of the reasons why it is part of the 5Super-power countries? All the 5Super-power countries can annihilate the world solely, with their weapons. I'm not aware they have been dropped from the list.
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|Re: Russia’s New Mega-missile Stuns The Globe by Tkester: 4:51am On Oct 10, 2015|
Some people like missy89 are thinking that the only amoury or weapons the Russians have are the ones been badied or advertise on the Internet. However, this story is meant to debunk those funky lies, the Russians have a lot of screw weapons unbeknownst to CIA.
|Re: Russia’s New Mega-missile Stuns The Globe by Babe2sure(f): 5:03am On Oct 10, 2015|
I believe a wise country will not disclose all its weapon of mass destruction. So that the enemy country will not know their strategy and even upgrade on the weapons. Though, some countries make a show of their new weapons to make other countries fear them the more. But not every country will do that.
For them to be called super-power, they must have been tried and tested and they will still have the "it" factor.
|Re: Russia’s New Mega-missile Stuns The Globe by BekeeBuAgbara: 5:30am On Oct 10, 2015|
Tkester:Kalibr cruise missile accuracy has been a real shock for the pentagon.
|Re: Russia’s New Mega-missile Stuns The Globe by jomoh: 5:43am On Oct 10, 2015|
|Re: Russia’s New Mega-missile Stuns The Globe by eleko1: 5:43am On Oct 10, 2015|
Those Boko Rams Bastards need such.Abeg Russian,make una com helep us here
|Re: Russia’s New Mega-missile Stuns The Globe by laurenziz6(m): 5:47am On Oct 10, 2015|
Good to know
[size=20pt]WEEVIN DA GREAT[/size]
|Re: Russia’s New Mega-missile Stuns The Globe by mannobi(m): 6:24am On Oct 10, 2015|
It is good as long as the use it to restrict America's recklessness
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|Re: Russia’s New Mega-missile Stuns The Globe by anangboy(m): 6:36am On Oct 10, 2015|
The mechanics and precision of these projectiles over astounding distance. Great minds.
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|Re: Russia’s New Mega-missile Stuns The Globe by DMerciful(m): 6:48am On Oct 10, 2015|
I like Russia......no propaganda just action
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|Re: Russia’s New Mega-missile Stuns The Globe by ProfessorPeter(m): 6:57am On Oct 10, 2015|
Putin na ma paddy anytime anywhere. My Africa brother according to Gadafi don dey quiet now like a thief where dem catcham beatam and then they setam free.
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|Re: Russia’s New Mega-missile Stuns The Globe by bufness(m): 7:00am On Oct 10, 2015|
boko haram needs just one of this
|Re: Russia’s New Mega-missile Stuns The Globe by ndcide(m): 7:09am On Oct 10, 2015|
That's why I said GEJ was right to have dumped the west. But..
|Re: Russia’s New Mega-missile Stuns The Globe by Tos87(m): 7:52am On Oct 10, 2015|
Oh Russia...the nation that gives US sleepless nights and makes them pee in their pants.
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|Re: Russia’s New Mega-missile Stuns The Globe by QTEST007(m): 8:10am On Oct 10, 2015|
Nigeria,where una dey? IEDs and awka made pistols. I shame for my country Nigeria.
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|Re: Russia’s New Mega-missile Stuns The Globe by geez18(m): 8:36am On Oct 10, 2015|
|Re: Russia’s New Mega-missile Stuns The Globe by menix(m): 8:50am On Oct 10, 2015|
Missile wey no reach Sango thunder abii Amadioha slap...
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|Re: Russia’s New Mega-missile Stuns The Globe by JonSnow(m): 8:58am On Oct 10, 2015|
I feel This Syrian crisis is a means of the 'big boys' to come and flex their 'biceps'
take cover guys, sh*t just got real
|Re: Russia’s New Mega-missile Stuns The Globe by cold(m): 9:00am On Oct 10, 2015|
Mother Russia is coming. Be afraid,be very afraid!
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|Re: Russia’s New Mega-missile Stuns The Globe by acenazt: 9:00am On Oct 10, 2015|
I told one fool if Russia or China has More sophisticated Equipments they wouldn't just announce it to the world
|Re: Russia’s New Mega-missile Stuns The Globe by hajlat: 9:26am On Oct 10, 2015|
When will Nigeria belong to these group of World super power ?
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|Re: Russia’s New Mega-missile Stuns The Globe by Shymm3x: 9:37am On Oct 10, 2015|
Gooooo, Putin, goooooo. Emperor Putin...when I grow up, I want to be like you. Always ten steps ahead of them with balls of steel. Less talk, more action and when he talks - he talks with authority. The pride of Russia and the future saviour of the weak - he brought Russia from the brink under the drunkard Yeltsin to prosperity and turned the country into a super power again. What an icon!
Missy89 is hiding somewhere in a bunker. Don't worry, we shall send the Iskander missile to fish her out with pork since she is also now a Jihadist loool. Jihadists sympathisers are crying everywhere!
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|Re: Russia’s New Mega-missile Stuns The Globe by Shymm3x: 9:50am On Oct 10, 2015|
Youtube video of the cruise missiles leaving the ultra modern ships.
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|Re: Russia’s New Mega-missile Stuns The Globe by Missy89(f): 9:59am On Oct 10, 2015|
While I admire Putin, calling Russia the saviour of the weak is absolutely hilarious but ok.
I will be impressed if this was 10 years ago. Russia "mega weapon" equivalent has been deployed and used by NATO over the years. Russia always playing catch up. NATO has been deploying TLAM since the 90s
I like how Pro Putin cherry pick their criticism. DAILY BEAST is a propaganda and a CIA mouth piece when their article is anti Russia but a fair and balance news agency when they are pro Russia.
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|Re: Russia’s New Mega-missile Stuns The Globe by Shymm3x: 10:14am On Oct 10, 2015|
That's why we need a bi-polar (multi-polar) world where one country won't have absolute powers. The US had its time after the collapse of the Soviet Union. What did it do? It destroyed world peace with bombs while masking it with humanitarian intervention. It also created all the Muslim fundamentalists inconjuction with Saudi Arabia and Qatar to make our lives miserable with war mongering. Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Yemen, and now Syria with tens of millions dead and utter destruction everywhere. Some of these countries will never recover from the utter destruction the US dealt on them. Evidently, if a next country is willing to come from the other side to put an end to the madness and create an atmosphere where vulnerable countries would be given cover from US' utter destruction and death squads under the banner of Jihadists - you just have to laud it. The whole world is behind Russia (based on public opinions) - from the UK (even the overwhelming majority of right-wing nutters), to Germany, to France, to Australia, to New Zealand, to Romania, to Czech, to Africa etc.. So he's the saviour from US' madness till proven otherwise. For how long are we going to be hiding from CIA created Islamists with people disturbing our lives with unnecessary surveillance and harassment at airport over false-flag?
Lmao! What NATO? I've never seen NATO deploy the Tomahawk missiles from over 1,000 miles. Just as the US has Patriot missiles, but we know the s300s are far superior to them. Ditto one-minute man vs. Topol. Please, don't compare a paper-tiger with the real deal. Yes, NATO has a far wider reach with quantity but Russia provides quality.
Well, I've never called Daily Beast a CIA mouthpiece. Matter of fact, I reference Daily Beast more often than any other US publication. Don't twist my words.
Anyway, how are ya Jihadist friends? I heard they're running for their lives now.
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