Another first: Russia fires submarine-launched cruise missiles at Syria

Another first: Russia fires submarine-launched cruise missiles at Syria
Putin confers with his senior military officials. (Image: Kremlin/RIA Novosti, Alexei Druzhinin via Newsweek)

[Ed. – The claim of targeting ISIS is to be taken with a grain of salt.  There’s hardly anything of ISIS’s that you’d hit with a cruise missile.  Certainly nothing that NEEDS to be hit with a cruise missile.  But Russia’s getting to test drive, and trot out for display, a lot of cool weapons.]

Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu said on Tuesday that Russia had for the first time struck Islamic State targets in Syria with missiles fired from a submarine in the Mediterranean.

“The targets were two large terrorist positions in the territory of Raqqa,” Shoigu told President Vladimir Putin in a televised meeting, adding that the Calibre missiles had been fired from the submarine Rostov-on-Don.

“We can say with complete confidence that fairly serious damage was done to weapons stores and a factory for preparing mines and, naturally, oil infrastructure.”

Shoigu said Russia had informed Israel and the United States in advance of its plan to launch missiles from a submarine.

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