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Russia: Syria's "Ship killers"

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1. C/U BrahMos cruise missile at the NPO Masinostroyeniya rocket design bureau in Reutov, Russia. 2. C/U BrahMos cruise missile 3. M/S Instructions 4. M/S NPO Masinostroyeniya production facility 5. C/U NPO Masinostroyeniya production facility 6. M/S NPO Masinostroyeniya production facility 7. C/U Design specification 8. C/U Design specification 9. M/S Man sitting at computer terminal SCRIPT Russia: Syria's "Ship killers" Russia has reportedly supplied the Syrian government with "Yakhont" anti-ship missiles. The supersonic cruise missiles could be used against US and NATO vessels in the event of attack. The Yakhont is similar to the BrahMos, a supersonic cruise missile developed jointly by Russia and India. It can hit targets up to 300 kilometres away, and flies at almost three times the speed of sound. The missiles weigh 3 tons and have a length of 8.9 metres and a diameter of 0.7 metres. They can be fired underwater or from a ship. They are also outfitted with an advanced guidance system. When questioned about the arms deal in May, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said: "I don't understand why the media is trying to make a sensation out of this. We have never hidden the fact that we sell weapons to Syria because we have signed contracts with the state, we don't break any international laws." Lavrov stressed that all weapons supplied to Syria by Russia are of the kind that would not disturb the balance of power between the government and opposition groups. Russia has emphasized several times that the weapons are delivered under old contracts, some of them dating from the Soviet era.