Thursday, February 23, 2017

Hezbollah Terror Group now has P-800 Oniks Anti-Ship Missiles (Brahmos)????

Thanks to Ghostmourn for the link!

via Times of Israel.
The Lebanese terror group Hezbollah has obtained advanced Russian-made anti-ship missiles, potentially threatening Israeli gas fields in the Mediterranean Sea and the Israeli Navy’s ability to operate in the area, according to a report published Sunday.
Hezbollah’s possession of the Yakhont missiles was revealed by unnamed Western intelligence officials over the weekend at the Munich Security Conference, where world leaders and defense ministers are meeting to discuss major security issues, according to a report in the Hebrew daily Yedioth Ahronoth. The report did not reveal in what forum the revelations were made.
If true, Hezbollah’s possession of the missiles would represent a serious threat to Israeli interests in the Mediterranean; endangering both Israeli commercial vessels sailing in shipping lanes off the Lebanese coast and the ability of Israeli Navy ships to operate in and around Lebanese waters.
Most significantly, the missiles would give Hezbollah the ability to strike Israel’s gas production platforms in the Mediterranean, a threat Israel reportedly intends to counter by installing maritime versions of the Iron Dome missile defense system on naval vessels as part of the Israeli Navy’s efforts to secure the country’s natural gas fields.
Story here. 

This is stunning.  If Hezbollah has them then that  means that the Russian controls on these missiles isn't as tight as I thought.  The Persian Gulf, the Med and other blue-ish brown bodies of water are nearing being off limits to US warships.

The funny/hillarious/bone chilling makes you want to punch walls thing?

If this is true then Hezbollah has the potential to establish an Anti-Access/Area Denial zone in their neighborhood and short of a massive Ranger/MARSOC raid (probably the entire Ranger Regiment and every swinging dick in MARSOC) supported by a couple of Marine Expeditionary Units (MEU) with overwhelming support from Nav/Marine Air and the USAF there is nothing we can do about it.

To recover these missiles will be a mission into the jaws of hell.  I'm sure they're located in a populated area and I'm sure they're well guarded.  Additionally Hezbollah has been seen operating armor and forming a quasi nation state armored brigade.

A mission to destroy/recover those missiles (assuming you aren't willing to risk massive civilian casualties by simply bombing the grid square they're located in) is gonna be rough.

I'm so glad I don't have to plan or make the call on this one.  If its true then only one word describes it.  SHIT!

Side Note; many are going goofy over my stating that the P-800 and Brahmos are similar missiles.  GET OFF YOUR HIGH HORSE.  via Wikipedia...
The BrahMos (Hindi: ब्रह्मोस brahmos, Russian: Брамос) is a short-range ramjet supersonic cruise missile that can be launched from submarines, ships, aircraft or land. It is a joint venture between the Russian Federation's NPO Mashinostroeyenia and India's Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) who have together formed BrahMos Aerospace.[12] It is based on the Russian P-800 Oniks cruise missile and other similar sea-skimming Russian cruise missile technology. 
The Brahmos is a locally produced P-800.  Think before you bitch!

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