Talk:Russian fleet in the Mediterranean
I have been wondering why there is the persistent rumor that Israel tried to attack Syria with ballistic missiles after the Ghouta CW attack in 2013. In reality the missile launch was a test of the Arrow anti-missile defense using a new long-range Sparrow target missile. At least this is what Israel claimed afterwards.
Almothanna Habib Hammad makes this interesting comment on Facebook:
- Thats right...I can tell and confirm the event of 2013 confrontation...that time i remember i was driving my car along the coast line of Lattakia near the main gate of the city's marinal port...when i heard the radio broadcaster of our local radio channel alerting that two missiles were reported to be launched from some where in the mditerranian sea and were heading toward the eastern part of the mediterranian sea....
- Thats time i stoped my car and waited for a while....i thought really that the missiles were to hit Lattakia...but after 15 minutes had passed and nothing happened ...i realised that they were destroyed in one mean or another...that time we did not know who destroyed them...but now we definitly know that they were the russian naval forces just placed off the Syrian coast......
- THANKS....BIG THANKS FOR OUR TRUE FRIENDS...THE RUSSIANS :)
- Why not? If this is a missile, it is a cruise missile or anyway it flies in atmosphere. It may be subsonic (like Tomahawk), or at most some 2-3 Mach, higher speeds have problems and not normally used. Distance to a sea area launch to Damascus is over 100 km, at least, and may well be 200 or over. 100 km at mach 3, about 100 seconds (1.6 minutes); 200 km and Tomahawk subsonic speed, 13.5 minutes, ballistic missile at 1000 km, 7.5 minutes (at least; when flame is detected at launch). Ballistic missile at 100 km (which is weird but still), about 2.4 minutes. Any of that is enough to say something on radio --Resup (talk) 13:39, 27 October 2016 (UTC)
There are social media reports and graphics of 'Marshal Ustinov' 'blocking the airspace of the RAF Akrotiri, the British military base on the island of Cyprus, which was used to attack Syria in April' (sample). Tried to find reliable origins, but could not, quickly enough --Resup (talk) 08:49, 5 September 2018 (UTC)