Russia to Supply New Combat Boats to Syrian Coast Guards

The Russian ‘Raptor 03160’ combat boats will be delivered to the Syrian coastal guards to strengthen the country’s security at its ports and coastal waters, media sources reported on Wednesday.

Al-Hadath news reported that the speed boats which have been considered for different missions can carry up to 20 naval forces along with all their weapons and ammunition and they can help the Syrian coast guards in patrolling, tracing, and relief and rescue operations as well as seizing small boats.

Russian Raptor 03160

The speed boats are also able to operate in coastal areas, gulfs and river mouths.

Russia has recently enhanced supply of advanced military tools and weapons systems to Syria.

Photos and images of the recent visit by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to the Russia-administered Humeimim airbase in Lattakia province showed that the Russian Air Force has also deployed more modern warplanes and missiles in Syria recently.

Legendary Su-27sm3 “Flanker” (deep modernization of Su-27). Heavy supermaneuverable fighter – the most numerous fighter of the Russian Air Force. More than 809 Su-27 and its modifications had been produced since 1981.

The photos showed that Russia has deployed its Su-27 SM3 in Humeimim airbase.

The reports said that the fighter jet that is the last model of Su-27 had not been previously seen in Syria.

In the meantime, RVV-SD missiles, a version of the Jojo guided missiles, were seen in the footages of Humeimim.

RVV-SD Air-to-Air Medium Range Missile

RVV-SD air-to-air medium range missile is intended for hitting air targets (fighters, bombers, attack aircrafts, helicopters, millitary aircrafts, cruise missiles) day and night, at all angles, under electronic countermeasures, on background of earth and water surfaces, including multichannel application “fire-and-forget”.
  • The missile is designed to be used at Mig and Su aircrafts.
  • Missile homing system is inertial system with radar correction and active radar self-homing.
  • Missile has a single mode engine.
  • Laser non-contact sensor of target is used as detonator.
  • Warhead is rod-shaped, multi-shaped charge.
  • Suspension of the RVV-SD air-to-air missile on the aircraft is performed by the AKU-170E missile ejection launcher.
  • Adaption for carriers of foreign design is possible according to the manufacturer procedure.
Developer: GosMKB “Vympel” JSC
 Launch range, kg:
 maximum to the front semi-sphere
 up to 110
 minimum to the rear semi-sphere
 Flight altitudes of the targets being hit, km:
 0,02 to 25
 Launch weight, kg. max.
 Overall dimensions, m:
 wing span
 rudder span

Media sources reported earlier this month that they have observed a number of advanced Terminator tanks in the Russian-run Humeimim airbase during Bashar al-Assad’s visit to the base.

The Arabic-language website of Sputnik reported that a number of very strong Russia-made Terminator Tanks were seen in images of Assad’s visit to Humeimim military airport in Lattakia province, adding that Russia had never declared anything about deploying this kind of tank in Syria.

The BMPT tank support combat vehicle was designed to support tank operations in urban areas

The report said Terminator is similar to T-72 but is equipped with stronger weapons, adding that the tank’s main mission is providing support for friendly tanks in the battlefields and destroying enemy tanks by missile fire.

Terminator is capable of targeting and destroying other tanks and armored vehicles from a 6km distance, the report added.

Entered service2011
Crew5 men
Dimensions and weight
Weight47 t
Hull length6.9 m
Width3.8 m
Height3.4 m
Main gun2 x 30-mm cannons
ATGW4 x Ataka-T launchers
Machine guns1 x 7.62-mm
Grenade launchers2 x 30-mm
Elevation range?
Traverse range360 degrees
Ammunition load
Main gun900 rounds
ATGW4 missiles
Machine guns2 000 rounds
Grenade launchers600 rounds
EngineV-92S2 diesel
Engine power1 000 hp
Maximum road speed65 km/h
Range550 km
Side slope40%
Vertical step0.85 m
Trench2.8 m
Fording1.2 m


The BMPT, sometimes nicknamed the Terminator, is a new Russian armored vehicle, designed to support tank operations, primarily in urban areas. Its main objective is to engage enemy infantry. The BMPT combat vehicles can change tactics of combat actions and significantly increase efficiency of tank units. It is a versatile anti-personnel vehicle that can engage multiple targets. The BMPT is expected to enter service with the Russian Army during the next couple of years. Three units of this tank support combat vehicle were delivered to Kazakhstan, which is currently the only operator of the BMPT. It is planned that since 2015 this armored vehicle will be also produced in Kazakhstan.

   The vehicle is protected by passive and reactive armor. Interior is fitted with Kevlar lining which protects against spalling. It is also fitted with NBC protection and automatic fire suppression systems. The BMPT has equal protection to main battle tanks.

   The BMPT has a new turret with externally mounted armament. It is fitted with two 30-mm cannons, two remotely controlled AGS-17D or AGS-30 30-mm automatic grenade launchers, four Ataka-T anti-tank missile launchers and one coaxial 7.62-mm machine gun. The 30-mm cannons have a dual-fed system and can fire a wide range of ammunition, including HE-T, APDS, HE-FRAG and AP-T rounds. The Ataka-T missiles can be fitted with tandem HEAT, HE-FRAG or thermobaric warheads. The Ataka-T has a maximum range of 5 km. Vehicle can engage three targets at the same time, as each weapon is aimed separately.

   Computerized fire control system of the BMPT uses proven components of the T-90 main battle tank. It enables to engage targets under day or night conditions.

   This tank support vehicle has a crew of five, including commander, driver and three gunners.

   The BMPT uses chassis of the T-90 main battle tank. Vehicle is fitted with a new V-92S2 multi-fuel diesel engine, developing 1 000 horsepower. In the future the BMPT might be fitted with the V-99 diesel, developing 1 200 horsepower. It is also fitted with auxiliary power unit, which powers all systems, when the main engine is turned off. Vehicle has a built-in self-entrenching blade and can be equipped with a mine plow.

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Ian Greenhalgh is a photographer and historian with a particular interest in military history and the real causes of conflicts.

His studies in history and background in the media industry have given him a keen insight into the use of mass media as a creator of conflict in the modern world.

His favored areas of study include state-sponsored terrorism, media manufactured reality and the role of intelligence services in manipulation of populations and the perception of events.
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