US Navy plans to send an anti-ship missile to Syria
Posted September 28, 2018 07:04:01 The United States Navy is preparing to send a long-range anti-surface warfare (ASW) missile to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s forces, according to a report in the New York Times.
The Navy is planning to move an ASW missile, called the Advanced Stand Off Missile, to the coast of Syria as part of a broader plan to support the military of President Bashar Assad, who has been fighting for more than two years to crush the rebellion.
The US Navy has a fleet of warships and aircraft capable of carrying an ASWDM missile, which is also known as the Long Range Anti-Ship Missile, or LRASM.
The LRASMs can carry up to 40 missiles at a time.
It’s unclear what type of weapon the US is sending, and what kind of targets it is aiming at, as well as the timing of the deployment.
The LRASms are being tested by the Navy at the Navy Weapons Systems Center in Washington, DC.
The Navy has been carrying out missile tests in the Arabian Sea since at least 2018, as part.
In October 2018, the Navy fired a Tomahawk cruise missile at the Iranian naval ship USS Vincennes.
The Vincens, an aircraft carrier, was carrying nuclear-capable missiles for the United Arab Emirates.
A Pentagon official confirmed the report.
“The US missile force is moving towards the coast to support our coalition partners,” the official said.
“It is not clear what the intended target will be or what targets will be targeted.
It’s a matter of working out what our options are, and whether we can use our ASWDMs in support of our coalition allies.”
The US-led coalition is also sending two F-35 stealth fighter jets to Syria.
US officials said on Tuesday that they were working with Russia to train and arm the Syrian air force, though they have not said if the air force is ready to take part in the training.