WW4/Middle East Files: Russian DM Shoigu says Rostov-on-Don submarine deployed to Syrian coast, fired unspecified number of 3M-54 Kalibr (“Club”) land-attack cruise missiles at ISIS targets: “[The missiles] targeted two major terrorist positions in the territory of Raqqa. We can say with absolute confidence that significant damage has been inflicted upon ammunition warehouses and a mine production plant, as well as the oil infrastructure”; NATO dubs Improved Kilo-class (Project 636) diesel-electric sub “black hole” for super-silent capability, Rostov-on-Don launched in Jan. 2015, commissioned by Black Sea Fleet; Shoigu also reports on punishing air campaign against anti-Assad rebels, entering 10th week: “In the past three days, the operation involved Tu-22[M3, “Backfire”] planes as well as warplanes from the Khmeimim airbase [near Assad stronghold of Latakia]. In total we [Russian Air Force] carried out 300 sorties and hit 600 various targets”; Soviet/Russian military setting historical precedents in Syrian civil war, i.e., first-ever use of ship-launched cruise missiles in warfare (from Caspian Flotilla), first-ever deployment of Tu-160, Tu-95 strategic bombers in overseas combat, first-ever use of LACMs in warfare
December 8, 2015
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Blogger’s Note: If there are any military buffs who follow this site, please let us know if we are incorrect in concluding that this is the first time ever that the Soviets/ Russians have used LACMs in warfare.