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Russian Navy launches missiles against Islamic State in Syria

By Ryan Maass

This night the ship strike group of the Russian Navy consisting of the Dagestan missile ship, the small-sized missile ships Grad Sviyazhsk, Uglich, Veliky Ustyug launched cruise missiles against ISIS infrastructural facilities in Syria from the assigned district of the Caspian Sea.The firing was conducted by high-precision ship missile systems Kalibr NK, the cruise missiles of which engaged all the assigned targets successfully and with high accuracy. The missile ship Dagestan (project 11661) was the flag ship of the ship strike group. Its displacement constitutes about 2 000 tons, its length is over 100 meters. The ship is equipped with a modern high-accuracy missile system Kalibr NK capable of engaging targets by cruise missiles located on all the territory of Syria with the accuracy of up to 3 meters. The cruise missiles fly at the altitudes of up to 50 meters following the terrain.The missile ship Dagestan is capable of task performance at the distance of 4 000 km from the permanent base.The displacement of small-sized missile ships Grad Sviyazhsk, Uglich, Veliky Ustyug (project 21631) is 1 000 tons, their length is over 70 meters. The main strike weapon of the ships of this type is the Kalibr NK high-precision ship missile system, which allows to engage targets day and night in bad hydrometeorological conditions.#Syria #ISIS #ВМФ #ИГИЛ #КФл

Posted by Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation on Wednesday, October 7, 2015

WASHINGTON, Oct. 7 (UPI) -- The Russian Ministry of Defense reports Russian Navy ships launched cruise missiles Wednesday against Islamic State targets in Syria from the Caspian Sea.

The missiles were fired by the small-sized ships Dagestan, Grad Sviyazhsk, Uglich and Veliky Ustyug, targeting infrastructural facilities in the country. The ships used the Kalibr NK missile system, which Russian officials say was able to engage all targets successfully. The system is capable of engaging targets within a 3-meter margin of error.

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The Dagestan served as the flagship of the operation. The missile ship has a length of over 100 meters, and displaces about 2,000 tons.

Russian airstrikes in Syria continue to be met with controversy from Western powers and their allies. The White House has been critical of Moscow's support for Syrian president Bashar al-Assad, despite the common enemy of the Islamic State, radical Sunni militants also identified as Daesh, and by the acronyms ISIS and ISIL.

Russia has offered to reopen talks with the U.S. on how the two nations could cooperate to defeat IS.

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