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Game-Changer: What May Be Russia's 'Secret Weapon' in Syria?

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Having deployed its most silent and advanced submarines off the Syrian coast, Russia is raising the stakes in the power game it is playing in the Middle East, Observer reported.

Moscow may engage its "secret weapon" in Syria and the West will not be able to take the challenge, Observer reported.

Earlier, commander of the Russian Black Sea Fleet Adm. Alexander Vitko said Russia’s newest submarine armed with Kalibr missiles will be deployed as part of the Syrian operation.

Last December, while submerged, the Rostov-on-Don fired Kalibr cruise missiles in the Mediterranean Sea, destroying two Daesh targets in Syria.

"These [submarines] are the quietest subs in the world. NATO has named these Russian subs 'Black Hole.' They are diesel electric powered and fire Tomahawk-style rockets from the sea," the article read.

The Rostov-on-Don sub can remain submerged for 45 days. It has a weight of only 4,000 tons. It is very small and very fast, capable of cruising at an underwater speed of up to 20 knots.

"Because of its small size, it is able to get into shallow water. Because it is so quiet, it leaves no sound signature. It becomes invisible," the article read.

According to the author, Russia may now control not only Syrian airspace but also the coastline. In addition, having deployed its powerful fleet to the Mediterranean, Russia has created what has been termed an "Arc of Steel" which spans from the Arctic Circle via the Baltic Sea to Crimea to the Mediterranean Sea.

"The game plan is to challenge and confront NATO and the West," the article concluded.

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  • The one Who knows
    I bet no one was ready for that! But see bigger picture with situation in Syria is trickling down to 'wannabe superpowers' like Turkey - But it will be big boys fighting USA and mother Russia. But in the long run they China is the biggest contender here! Check this analysis independenttrader.org/us-vs-china-the-escalation-of-the-conflict.html
  • Anton KOMAROV
    Russia must bank on all her assets, in each feild she has an advantage she has to exploit it at a maximum thus making the bad guy think twice...well that works only if the bad guy is capable of thinking
  • dvdgrg09
    Sorry Observer but there is a big hole in your ark of steel called Turkey. Unless the plan is to confront NATO in Turkey, that would do the world a favor.
  • earlw35
    Hopefully it will instill fear into Israel.
  • siberianhusky
    The only thing that will stop those maniacal morons in America is when somebody will give them a bloody nose and a lesson they will never forget.

    Until that time we are stuck with the war mongers In Washington's regime changes, false flag operation and the abundance of lies-miss-information coming from them.
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