Russian Warships Launch Missiles into Syria: Report

Russia's recent cruise missile strike in Syria - despite reports that some wayward munitions landed in Iran - demonstrates the country's advances in developing the technology, an expert said. (Photo RT / YouTube / Russian Defence Ministry) Russia's recent cruise missile strike in Syria - despite reports that some wayward munitions landed in Iran - demonstrates the country's advances in developing the technology, an expert said. (Photo RT / YouTube / Russian Defence Ministry)

Russian warships have launched more than more than two dozen missiles at targets in Syria, according to a news report.

Four Russian naval vessels in the Caspian Sea launched a total of 26 cruise missiles at 11 targets affiliated with the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, or ISIS, according to an article Wednesday from the Russian news organization RT.

Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu was quoted in the article as saying, “According to objective control data, all the targets were destroyed. No civilian objects sustained damage.”

The ships were identified in the report as the Gepard-class frigate Dagestan and the Buyan-M-class corvettes Grad Sviyazhsk, Uglich and Veliky Ustyug. They’re armed with Kalibr-NK launchers, which can launch missiles capable of hitting targets at distances of up to about 1,550 miles (2,500 kilometers).

The missiles reportedly struck ISIS targets Raqqa, Idlib and Aleppo provinces.

But because Russian aircraft now flying out of Syria could have just as easily carried out the attack, the public acknowledgement of the cruise-missile strike is likely designed as a show of force to demonstrate the potential of the Russian navy, including its smaller corvettes.

Here’s a Tweet with video of the missile launches that accompanied the report:

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  • Lance

    So? They bombing Syria already why not shell ISIS too.

  • Big-D

    Russia is getting much needed ‘practice.’

  • m1a3

    Putin is great

  • Joe Sovereign

    What did the Middle East and North Africa look like on September 11th 2001?

    After 14 years of Bush/Obama Wars and Foreign Policy, Trillions of dollars spent, 7000 US soldiers dead and 50,000 wounded, hundreds of thousands of fighters and civilians dead across the Middle East, Radical Islam and it’s armies Al-Qaida and ISIS are stronger than ever, gutted civil liberties at home and active civil wars in half a dozen countries. What country is better off? What has been accomplished?

  • Dfens

    I guess that power vacuum didn’t stay a vacuum very long.

  • Jerry

    So to hit Syria from the Caspian Sea it looks like the Cruise Missiles would have overflown either Turkey or Iraq. And if Iraq then also Iran. I wonder how likely that was. I’m wondering if the report got the wrong Sea?

    • blight_asdf

      They have a Caspian Sea flotilla, so I’m not surprised…I just wasn’t expecting them to use the Caspian sea flotilla over the Black Sea or the Med.

    • tiger

      They flew over Iranian & Iraqi airspace…..

  • Lightingguy

    A news report I read stated Iran and Iraq.

  • Brian B. Mulholland

    Do we know that Turkey and Iraq did, in fact, consent in advance?

    I could see Putin doing this without notice, much less permission, to demonstrate to Turkey in particular that they have no capacity to even see Russian missiles as they go by.

  • John larrier

    I don’t. Think that he’s trying to rub obamasnose in it. I think that Putin actually understands that a misdemeanor in an area with a heavy US military presence will have to have consequences……..and I mean military consequences. It quite simple. Putin cannot treat Syria as he did Crimea. If he sends ground troops directly against Kurdish and peshmerga fighters, he is also engaging the U.S. Sf trainers that are thereto. Which in essence would be an act of war….something neither Putin or Obama want

  • John_B

    The Ruskies ‘ action is NOT impressive. Each of these ships can only carry 8 Kalibr LACM max. Only 26 out of total of 32 were launched so some were possibly not able to be fired. And they launched them 24 years after the USN vessels debut to launch many hundreds in 1991.

  • JJMurray

    What sours my stomach is every time I hear this administration whining about “The Russians aren’t just attacking ISIS, they’re attacking the terrorists WE support too”! Guess what morons, Russia has been Syria’s ally for decades, YOU are trying to destroy their ally. What about supporting your ally don’t you understand? The WHOLE WORLD understands what is going on there and every time you whine about it you tell OUR allies “Hey don’t count on us to help you if YOU have rebels trying to overthrow you”.

  • Beef Stick

    Why are we paying for a big hammer when it doesn’t get used on nails?

  • robert m lavelle

    our US Intel was caught off guard with all that Russia has done so far, these cruise missiles flew over Afghanistan and Iraq to hit there targets….

  • Sqwerty

    Not to worry … the U.S. special envoy for Syria Michael Ratney says that the Russian airstrikes in Syria are a sign that the U.S. policy is … working. Kerry and the State Department continue to define up as down … sheesh.

  • John_B

    I told you so. Go to CNN and read about ruskies ‘ SLCM intended for Syria landed in Iran instead,
    http://www.cnn.com/2015/10/08/politics/russian-mi…

    John.

  • Ziv

    al Fars, (Iran’s news agency that comes pretty close to being a governmental body), has announced that at least 4 Russian cruise missiles failed to reach Syria and landed on Iranian soil instead. No word of casualties.
    That is kind of embarrassing for both the Iranian leadership and Putin.

  • Russell Withrow

    Glad to see other governments responding to ISIS and not just the US. I don’t understand why the piece of crap in the White house thinks we need to be the world police. So what if it’s Russia they have the right to stand with their allies just as we do rather we like it or not. I just worry about us and them tangling up by accident and it escellating.

  • Tad

    Nice video. I miss the old days of the first Gulf War when we’d get wonderful video of scenes like bombs going down elevator shafts. That made the whole escapade worthwhile for the US taxpayer, IMO. In recent years, we’ve had little video, the US military is quite secretive these days. Perhaps as the Russians and Chinese take over policing the world we will get better film coverage.

  • Fatman

    It should be noted that when Assad and Putin talk about ISIS they mean any syrian fighting against them, not just those who self-identify as such.