Russia deploys Moskva missile cruiser off Syria-n coast

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Russia deploys Moskva missile cruiser off Syria-n coast with orders to destroy any targets threatening its planes

Moscow plans to suspend military cooperation with Ankara after the downing of a Russian bomber by Turkish air forces, Russian General Staff representatives said on Tuesday. Further measures to beef up Russian air base security in Syria will also be taken.

Three steps as announced by top brass:

  1. Each and every strike groups’ operation is to be carried out under the guise of fighter jets
  2. Air defense to be boosted with the deployment of Moskva guided missile cruiser off Latakia coast with an aim to destroy any target that may pose danger
  3. Military contacts with Turkey to be suspended

Sergey Rudskoy, a top official with the Russian General Staff, condemned the attack on the Russian bomber in Syrian airspace by a Turkish fighter jet as “a severe violation of international law”. He stressed that the Su-24 was downed over the Syrian territory. The crash site was four kilometers away from the Turkish border, he said.

Moskva  is the lead ship of the Project 1164 Atlant class of guided missile cruisers in the Russian Navy. The ship is currently held under the patronage of the city of Moscow.

Armament:
  • 16 × P-500 Bazalt or P-1000 Vulkananti-ship missiles
  • 8 × 8 (64) S-300F Fort (SA-N-6Grumble) long-range surface-to-air missiles
  • 2 × 20 (40) OSA-MA (SA-N-4 Gecko) SR SAM
  • 1 × twin AK-130 130mm/L70 dual purpose guns
  • 6 × AK-630 close-in weapons systems
  • 2 × RBU-6000 anti-submarine mortars
  • 10 × (2 quin) 533mm torpedo tubes
Armour: Splinter plating
Aircraft carried: 1 Ka-25 or Ka-27 Helicopter

 

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