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Russian Subs Incinerate ISIS Fighters With Cruise Missiles From Mediterranean

They can hit targets accurately a remarkable 3000 miles away - twice the range of the best American missiles

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Yesterday we published an article which generated a lot of interest explaining the huge strategic significance of these subs - the range of their cruise missiles (5000 km, 3000 miles) is twice that of their American opponents, and the Russians are more precise.  Russian Missiles Have 2X the Range of US's - It's a Big Deal in Syria.

The article points out how effective they were in wiping out ISIS fighters, who are being aided and abetted by good old Uncle Sam.

This Russian news report is from 2 weeks ago, but it is still highly relevant to the ongoing and highly dangerous US - Russia standoff in Syria 

Excellent footage of the Russian military in action - this time as part of the Syrian war effort.

It serves as a reminder that there is a real war going on in the Middle East, and that the Russians are real combatants.  The US is also on the ground - but for some reason US media doesn't give this a lot of coverage the way Russian media does.

Russian media is sometimes just fascinating to watch

(Full transcript follows below)


Russian Kalibrs destroyed essential ISIS object near Deir-ez-Zor. Two cruise missiles were launched yesterday from the Velikiy Novgorod and Kolpino submarines. It took place in the Mediterranean.

Weapon warehouses, commanding posts, and a large equipment warehouse were destroyed. This is how Russia supports the last Syrian combat onto the last ISIS foothold by the Euphrates river.

Mikhail Fedotov reports from the military ship.


Combat alert. Prepare the ship for attack.


Combat alert has been declared on the Pytlivy patrol boat.  Sailors, midshipmen, and officers shut the hatches, the troops go to the artillery.

In the Eastern Mediterranean, the frigate guards two Russian submarines, Velikiy Novgorod and Kolpino.

The boat must strike ISIS militant positions. The distance to the submarine is about 1.5 km. The Kalibr missile launches and goes towards the terrorists in Syria.

Velikiy Novgorod and Kolpino are the newest diesel-electric boats from the Varshavyanka-2 project. They were launched in the water last year. Torpedoes, mines, AA armament, and the main Kalibr- cruise missiles.

The ships can aim at 300 meters and can be deployed autonomously for 45 days. The shooting was successful, and the submarines appeared over the water surface.

This is a unique and rare opportunity to see the most modern boats of the Russian Navy. Besides Pytlivy, the submarines are also accompanied by the NATO ships.

On the horizon, you can see the frigate of the French Navy. However, this wasn't a surprise for the crew.

Nikolay Grebnev, deputy commander of Pytlivy:

"The lighting station of the boat allows to detect aerial targets and water vessels. It allows the operator to detect an on-water subject, like they did today with the French frigate, long before it's visual on the horizon."


A few minutes after the launches, there's info on successful hits. In the Deir-ez-Zor province, Kalibrs have incinerated, and in the NATO scale they actually call them Incinerators, ISIS control posts, ammo and equipment warehouses.

Igor Konashenkov, Russian Defense ministry rep:

"Strikes on international terrorists by Mayadin are made to support the successful combat for the Syrian Army to facilitate their destruction of ISIS footholds in Deir-ez-Zor."

The submarines were only on the surface for half an hour. After that, another immersion. Black holes, as NATO calls them for silent operation went into unknown directions, dissolved in the Mediterranean.

Mikhail Fedotov, Azat Atagonov, Pavel Vetrinsky. Vesti, from the Pytlivy patrol boat.

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