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Russia’s Sapphire missiles get on USA’s and Israel’s nerves

Russia’s Sapphire missiles get on USA’s and Israel’s nerves 27.09.2010

The recent announcement of Russia’s decision to sell anti-ship missiles (ASM) Yakhont (Sapphire) to Syria caused considerable concern in the U.S. and Israel.

The estimated amount of Russian-Syrian deal is no less than $300 million. Under this deal, Syria is planning to obtain at least two missiles Bastion with anti-ship ASM Yakhont (72 units) from Russia. This weapon is purely defensive, designed to reflect possible aggression of the enemy from the sea.

Nevertheless, at a meeting with his Israeli counterpart Ehud Barak, U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates said that it might “destabilize” the entire region. He warned Russia about arms trade with countries with which Washington has no understanding. “Russia has the right to sell weapons to other countries. But we hope that the Russian side takes into account the strategic implications of each such transaction, “he said.

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On September 19, Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu voiced his concerns about the deal. According to him, Russia’s intention to supply Syria with weapons that can change the strategic situation in the Middle East is not conducive to stability and peace.

What are American and Israeli military and politics so afraid of? AMS X-61 Yakhont is intended to counter enemy surface forces under severe fire and electronic countermeasures. Its combat radius capability is ………………….

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