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VIDEO: Russian Frigate Fires 3 Cruise Missiles on ISIS Targets in Syria 

A Russian guided-missile frigate fired three cruise missiles on targets on ISIS positions Syrian city of Deir al-Zor, according to a Tuesday release from the Russian Ministry of Defense.

A video released by the MoD shows the Black Sea-based frigate Admiral Essen (751) launching three Kalibr NK SS-N-30A cruise missiles from a position in the Mediterranean Sea. The Kremlin said the missiles struck targets near the East Syrian city that has been mostly controlled by ISIS forces. ISIS has held a force of Syrian Army forces and civilians under siege in the city since 2014.
Syrian Army forces with the assistance of their Russian allies have reportedly broken through ISIS lines to reach Syrian forces under siege.

“The group is being fought in Syria by government forces, backed by allies Iran and Russia, and separately by a U.S.-led alliance of Arab and Kurdish fighters,” reported news wire Reuters.
“Islamic State still holds half of Deir al-Zor city and much of the province, however, as well as parts of its former stronghold Raqqa to the northwest, where the U.S.-backed offensive is being fought.”

Russia’s support for the Syrian forces loyal to embattled President Bashar al-Assad forces has served as an operational showcase for the ship-launched cruise missile.

The Tuesday launch from Admiral Essen follows a late May launch from the same frigate and a Kilo-class submarine of four missiles.

The subsonic Kalibr missile has similar characteristics and ranges as the U.S. Tomahawk Land Attack Missile (TLAM).

The missile made its first combat appearance in 2015 when Russian warships launched 26 of the missiles on routes more than 900 miles long to strike targets in Syria and Iraq from the Caspian Sea.

  • DaSaint

    One must do their marketing.

  • Ed L

    Nice Frigate

    • Curtis Conway

      Don’t you wish ours looked like that?!

  • sferrin

    It’s notable how much higher their launch rate is than US systems.

    • John Locke

      It’s also notable that they have a frigate that has that capability and the U.S. doesn’t

      • sferrin

        The US doesn’t have any frigates. It does however have nearly 90 surface ships that can launch cruise missiles. How many does Russia have?

      • El Kabong

        How many operational frigates, destroyers, carrier and submarines do the Russians have?

        The USN?

        Remind me.

    • Scott

      Each module in a US VLS system can fire missiles as fast as the Russian ship, probably faster but there hasn’t been a reason to launch a bunch of birds at once. I am thinking that launcher isn’t as big as a MK41 61/64 cell launcher.

      • sferrin

        There have been many instances of ships launching multiple cruise missiles in one go, and when they do the launch rate has been far lower than what we see from the Russian ship.

        • Donald Carey

          Is the lower launch rate seen on U.S. ships because the ship chose it or is it inherent: Tell us, all-knowing one!

        • El Kabong

          So what is the fastest launch rate for a USN VLS?

  • Centaurus

    Lets kill everything and everyone !!!