Russia to Test New Missiles in Syria

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TEHRAN (FNA)- The Russian air force is preparing to try new weaponry and targeting systems, including the new X-38 missiles, with full combat tests of the hardware to be carried out as part of missions in Syria, a source said.

In November 2016, the Russian aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov will be dispatched toward Syria’s shores, with the deck-based Su-33 and MiG-29K/KUB fighters and Ka-52K Katran helicopters on board.

According to an RBTH source in the Russian military-industrial complex, the carrier’s naval aircraft may test the new X-38 missiles in combat action at the end of the year.

“We reinforce our aviation group and bring in completely new means of destruction to the region,” said the RBTH source. “MiG-29K fighters will use a totally new type of missile, the X-38, to eliminate the militants”.

According to the RBTH source, Su-33 fighters, in turn, will receive the SVP-24, a new high-precision targeting system for unguided missiles.

The system allows to increase the accuracy of air strikes several times over and avoid possible civilian casualties.

The system adjusts the flight path based on the fighter’s position and flight parameters. As a result, the deviation from the target is not more than a couple of meters. At the same time, the SVP-24 is only a couple of extra units that will be installed as part of the aircraft’s avionics.

Russia is helping Syria with anti-terrorism efforts.

Earlier this month, the Russian Defense Ministry delivered an advanced model of “Aistёnok” artillery-missile tracker system to the Syrian Army to reinvigorate its truce-monitoring capabilities, the spokesman for the Syrian army said.

“Let’s thank you (Russian Defense Ministry) for the delivery of an advanced artillery tracker system to our soldiers, which will enable us to monitor ceasefire across the country much more efficiently,” the spokesman said.

Aistёnok is a portable radar system intelligence and control fire (counter-battery radar). Designed for intelligence-monitoring of positions of fire weapons (artillery and mortar positions, launchers, tactical missiles and air defense systems, etc.), Calculating the trajectories of shells and rockets, surveillance of airspace and control of unmanned aerial vehicles.

81-120mm mortar shelling, tanks’ fire from five kilometers distance and 122-155 mm artillery units’ fire from 20 kilometers distance can be traced by the Aistёnok system.

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