DAMASCUS, (BM) – The Russian Kalibr cruise missiles have been repeatedly used in Syria to target terrorist groups like the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL/IS/Daesh) and Hay’at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) in several parts of the cuntry, learned BulgarianMilitary.com citing AMN.
According to the magazine “Natsionalniya Oporna” [National Defense], the targets of the Russian 3M -14 cruise missiles launched from the Caspian Sea on October 7, 2015, were factories for the production of shells and explosive devices, command centers, ammunition and fuel depots, as well as a terrorist training base In the governorates of Raqqa, Idlib and Aleppo.
The Caspian Sea Sword
In total, as part of the operation dubbed the “Caspian Sea Sword” in the media, the frigate “Dagestan” and the cruisers “Grad Sviyajesk”, “Uglich” and “Veliky Ustyug” fired 26 rockets against the terrorist forces.
On November 20, 2015, ships of the Caspian fleet launched a missile attack using at least 18 Kalibr cruise missiles, they continued.
“The missiles were forced to cross mountainous areas, hills, and forests. The missiles made 147 maneuvers during their flight to the targets of the attack. All the measuring devices succeeded in hitting the specified targets. At the same time, high accuracy was achieved,” they said.
“The deviation was likely no more than three meters. What can be considered an exceptional result,” the magazine added.
At the same time, the magazine pointed out that Kalibr cruise missile is a multi-functional complex that can hit not only ground targets, but also marine targets at distances of up to 350 kilometers.
For example, on January 9, 2020, the Kalibr missiles launched from the “Kolbino” submarine and the cruiser “Orekhovo-Zwevo” hit its specified targets.
In February, Turkey lost at least 62 troops killed in Syria, nearly 100 soldiers were wounded, dozens of Turkish armored vehicles were destroyed and more than ten drones, including drone, were shot down. Washington has repeatedly accused Moscow of involvement in the deaths of Turkish soldiers, Russia rejects these allegations.
In early March, the presidents of Russia and Turkey, Vladimir Putin and Recep Tayyip Erdogan, concluded an agreement according to which a ceasefire came into force in the Idlib de-escalation zone.
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad later said that if the US and Turkish military did not leave the country, Damascus would be able to use force.
The reason for the Russian-Turkish negotiations was a sharp aggravation of the situation in Idlib, where in January a large-scale offensive by the Syrian army against the positions of the armed opposition and terrorists began.
Government forces recaptured nearly half of the Idlib de-escalation zone and left behind a number of Turkish observation posts. After that, Ankara sharply increased its military contingent in the region and launched the operation “Spring Shield” to push the Syrian troops. Turkey is also supported by militants loyal to it.
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