An Alleged Israeli Strike in Syria; The US Hypersonic and Laser Weapons; New Russian Corvettes

PANAGYURISHTE, (BGM)Satellite images released Tuesday show that the alleged Israeli airstrike on Syria’s T-4 airbase overnight Sunday destroyed one or more elements that may be part of an advanced weapons system, possibly connected to Iran’s drone program in Syria, Israel Defense reported.

According to the Israeli company ImageSat International (ISI), the strike destroyed “an element or a few, not an infrastructure, nearby an apron which lately hosted aircraft arriving from Tehran, Iran.”

“Since the attack targeted specific components, reasonably portable, it is assessed that they were of high importance,” ISI said, adding that it could have been “an advanced weapon system element, probably related to UAVs and possibly including a transportable ground control structure.”

The U.S. Army will field a hypersonic weapon and a directed-energy weapon in less than four years, with the Rapid Capabilities and Critical Technologies Office leading the charge, according to the RCCTO director, Defense News reported.

The office will deliver a battery of combat-capable long-range hypersonic weapons to soldiers by 2023, and it will field a battery of Stryker combat vehicles with 50-kilowatt lasers by late FY22, Lt. Gen. L. Neil Thurgood told reporters during a media roundtable at the Pentagon on June 4.

Shipbuilders will lay down two Project 22800 Karakurt-class cruise missile corvettes for the Pacific Fleet on July 1, TASS reported.

“The keel-laying ceremony for two small missile ships will take place at the Amur Shipyard [Komsomolsk-on-Amur in the Russian Far East, a division of the United Shipbuilding Corporation] on July 1,” the press office of Russia’s United Shipbuilding Corporation said.

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Source: Defense News, TASS, Israel Defense