UN Navy Monitors Russian Vessels; The Strikes on Yemen are Reduced; Iran Has New Artillery Missiles

PANAGYURISHTE, (BM) – Your briefly report on October 8 in last twelve hours from BulgarianMilitary.com:

UN Navy warship shadows task group of Russian vessels in English Channel

HMS Mersey, a River-class offshore patrol vessel of the British Royal Navy, was dispatched to monitor a group of three Russian Navy ships crossing the English Channel, the Royal Navy’s press service said in a statement.

“HMS Mersey met up with the [Russian guided missile frigate Yaroslav] Mudryy, plus her supporting tanker Yelnya and the seagoing tug Viktor Konetsky on Saturday as the trio entered the UK’s area of interest on Saturday – and stuck with them as they continued through Dover and into the Channel,” the statement says.

“She is due to complete her shadow mission later today when the Russians leave UK waters,” it says.

The Baltic Fleet’s press service said earlier on Monday that the Russian task group, which is en route to the Indian Ocean, completed its crossing of the English Channel. During their long-distance deployment, the combat teams of the Yaroslav Mudry practiced searching for and detecting a notional enemy’s submarines during anti-subsurface warfare drills in the Atlantic.

Coalition strikes on Yemen decrease after Houthi truce

Air strikes by the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen against the Houthi movement have reportedly declined over the past three days, official reports from both sides showed yesterday.

The number of coalition air strikes have decreased from an average of 40 per day in the previous week, to nearly six over the past three days without any reported casualties, according to Xinuha.

This follows Saudi Defence Minister, Khalid Bin Salman tweeting on Friday that his country looks “positively” towards the truce proposal announced by the Houthis two weeks ago, which offered a “comprehensive half of war” but warned the Saudis that should the kingdom continue its campaign of “aggression”, the movement will respond in a “more painful, deadly and destructive” way.

The peace initiative came a week after the 14 September drone and missile strikes against Saudi’s Aramco oil facilities which temporarily shut down production and raised oil prices. Despite the Houthis having claimed responsibility, the US and Saudis have blamed Iran for the attacks, which Tehran has denied.

Iran unveils kit to convert artillery rockets into guided missiles

The Iranian military says it has produced a new conversion kit to upgrade artillery rockets to surface-to-surface missiles, technology that Israel has accused Tehran of attempting to deliver to the Hezbollah terror group.

The Iranians unveiled the new guidance system upgrade, called Labeik, at an event Thursday at which a number of new military technologies were showcased, according to Jane’s Defence Weekly.

Image of the new Iranian Labeik guidance system upgrade system. (YouTube screen-grab)

The Iranian military says it has produced a new conversion kit to upgrade artillery rockets to surface-to-surface missiles, technology that Israel has accused Tehran of attempting to deliver to the Hezbollah terror group.

The Iranians unveiled the new guidance system upgrade, called Labeik, at an event Thursday at which a number of new military technologies were showcased, according to Jane’s Defence Weekly.

Jane’s reported that Labeik appeared similar to the guidance systems on the Fateh-110 series of rockets, many of which are believed to be in the hands of Hezbollah in Lebanon. According to the report, the new system also looks to be compatible with Zelzal heavy artillery rockets.

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