Iran Has Largest Missile Force; Israel Used Jordanian Airspace; Russia’s Navy Repels Enemy Attack
PANAGYURISHTE, (BM) – Your briefly report on November 21 in last twelve hours from BulgarianMilitary.com:
Pentagon: Iran has largest missile force in Middle East
A study conducted by the US Department of Defence said on Tuesday that Iran has the largest missile force in the region, despite decades of US imposed sanctions. “Iran has an extensive missile development program, and the size and sophistication of its missile force continues to grow despite decades of counter-proliferation efforts aimed at curbing its advancement,” the US Defence Intelligence Agency said, AFP reported.
Iran considers missiles to be a strategic necessity due to the limitations of its air force, as the report states, “Lacking a modern air force, Iran has embraced ballistic missiles as a long-range strike capability to dissuade its adversaries in the region — particularly the United States, Israel and Saudi Arabia — from attacking Iran,” the report said.
Iran, it added, had developed a series of missiles that could strike at a distance of 1,250 miles (2,000 kilometres) – capable of reaching Israel or Saudi Arabia.
Iran has “the largest missile force in the Middle East,” it said, whilst a US intelligence official said on condition of anonymity that the assessment included Israel.
Russia: IAF flew over Jordan to reach Syria
Not content with condemning its attacks in Syria as destabilizing, Russia’s Foreign Ministry this week decided to embarrass Israel, revealing information about four alleged IDF attacks in the past 10 days – even saying it used Jordanian airspace to carry out one of them.
The first airstrike mentioned by the Russians was carried out on Nov. 12 on the home of Islamic Jihad’s deputy leader Akram al-Ajouri in the Mezzeh neighborhood of Damascus. Al-Ajouri himself was left unscathed while his son and another person reportedly were killed and another 10 people were wounded.
According to the Syrian news agency on the day of the attack: “At 4:14am, Israeli fighter jets arrived over the Galilee and fired three missiles at Damascus. The air defense system shot down its targets and managed to destroy the missiles before they hit their objective. Two other missiles hit the home of al-Ajouri.”
The Russians said that the attack “killed and wounded Syrian civilians and caused significant damage to property and buildings.”
The Russian Foreign Ministry also reported on targets that Israel attacked in the Al-Bukamal region near the Syrian-Iraq border, on Nov. 18. According to the ministry, “(Israeli) fighter jets reportedly crossed Iraqi and Jordanian airspace.”
Black Sea Fleet’s naval force repels enemy air attack in drills
A group of the Black Sea Fleet’s warships led by the missile frigate Admiral Essen repelled a notional enemy’s air attack during drills, the Fleet’s press office reported on Thursday.
“At the first stage of the drills, the crew of the frigate Admiral Essen practiced the algorithm of measures to detect air targets, apportion them among the tactical group’s ships and simultaneously destroy them,” the press office said in a statement.
“A pair of Su-30SM multirole fighters from the Black Sea Fleet’s naval aviation and air defense forces simulated the notional enemy. During the drills, the ‘enemy’ aircraft were notionally destroyed while the sailors demonstrated the high level of inter-operability between the combat air defense posts aboard the ships within the naval group,” the statement reads.
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Source: TASS, MEMO, Ynet