The Chairman of the Defense Committee of the Russian State Duma, Andrei Kartapolov, revealed that Russian ships equipped with hypersonic “Zircon” missiles can be deployed in the Tartus port in Syria to completely cover the Mediterranean.
We also have our base in the Mediterranean, there is Hmeimim, there (in the port of Tartus), there are also coastal missile systems, and there may also be ships armed with Zircon hypersonic missiles, which It will cover the entire Mediterranean.
The Russian parliamentarian also added, “Military measures are not necessarily war, it is also the creation of direct threats to the enemy, through which he will abandon further measures,” explaining, “that is, when they realize, that they have a direct threat to destroy their offensive means, which are in Eastern Europe, and regimes “Control, their aircraft carrier squads. So what’s the point in starting something if you already know defeat? They are very sensitive to defeat.”
It is also mentioned that the “Zircon” missile is a winged hypersonic all-round missile that is used to destroy sea and land targets.
Russian President Vladimir Putin announced at the end of last June that the hypersonic “Zircon” missiles, capable of flying at a speed of about Mach 9 and hitting targets at a distance of more than 1,000 km, would begin performing combat duty missions soon.
According to media reports, the speed of the “Zircon” missile may reach nearly eight times the speed of sound in a vacuum, which is equivalent to about 9,700 kilometers per hour.
Moscow and Damascus signed an agreement on expanding the material and technical supply center of the Russian war fleet in Tartus. The agreement allows the presence of 11 warships, including nuclear ones, at the same time, for a period of 49 years, with the possibility of automatic renewal for periods of 25 years.
The agreement, which began to be implemented on January 18, 2017, stipulates that Russia will protect the supply center of its fleet, in the sea and in the air, while Syria will defend the center from land.
The document stipulates, in particular, that the Syrian side hand over to Russia for free use throughout the term of the agreement, the lands and waters in the Tartus port area.