Russian defense minister welcomes Russian weapons reliability and efficiency in Syria 71010162

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Russian defense minister welcomes Russian weapons reliability and efficiency in Syria
The Russian defense minister Sergei Shoigu welcomes the demonstrated reliability and efficiency of the modern Russian armaments during the operation in Syria. Among many other assets, Russia deployed a Pantsir-S1 air defense system, around a dozen tanks (allegedly the T-90A ), and naval infantry.
     
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Russian T-90A Main Battle Tank
     
Modern Russian armaments generally demonstrated reliability and efficiency during the operation in Syria, the Russian defense minister Sergei Shoigu said. "Many modern types of domestic armaments were tested in desert conditions and demonstrated reliability and efficiency," he told a military-technical conference devoted to weapons upgrades due to Syrian experience.

Russia has employed a wide array of guided and unguided weaponry. Thus, precision-guided munitions has been deployed as the KAB-500S GLONASS-guided munition or the Kh-25ML laser-guided missile. But most of the munitions deployed are unguided gravity bombs and high-fragmentation bombs of the OFAB 250-270 variety, BETAB-M bunker busting munitions against buildings and RBK-500-SPBE-D cluster munitions against enemy vehicles and tanks.

Shoigu recalled that Russian armed forces had been engaged in Syrian combat already a year. "The situation has been stabilized in the country over the time and a major territory liberated from bandit formations of international terrorists. The Russian center for reconciliation of the warring parties became operational," he said.

The Russian armed forces delivered strikes at militant accumulations and infrastructure, delivered humanitarian aid to Syrian residents and "accomplished other not less important missions", the minister said.
"They acquired practical experience in long-range high-precision weapons fire from surface warships and submarines in the Caspian and Mediterranean Seas. Strategic aircraft for the first time used new airborne X-101 missiles with a range of up to 4.5 thousand kilometers," Shoigu said.

The X-101 is a strategic stealthy cruise missile "air-surface" which was spotted for the first time in Syria 17 November 2015. The missile has a maximum range of 5500 kilometers (over 3400 miles) and is capable of travelling at a maximum speed of 270 m/s. The missile can destroy moving targets up to 10 meters. A variation, known as the X-102, carries a nuclear warhead.
 

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