Russian Submarine Fires Cruise Missiles Into Syria

first published on December 9, 2015 by

Russia has launched strikes into Syria from a Mediterranean Sea-based submarine for the first time using 3M-54 Kalibr cruise missiles to target supposed Islamic State positions near Raqqa.

The stealth diesel-electric Russian submarine, Rostov-on-Don, is nicknamed “Black Hole” due to its self-proclaimed undetectability. The sub completed construction just last year, and the Russians claim it is the quietest submarine ever built.

Rostov-on-Don is armed with 533mm torpedoes and surface-to-air missiles, in addition to the Kalibr land attack cruise missiles just launched into Syria. The small sub can reach speeds of 40 Knots, carries a crew of 52 sailors, and can operate autonomously for six weeks, according to Russian state media.

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