Naval Weapons

Israeli Navy 'assumes' Hizbullah has Yakhont missiles

01 April 2015

The Israeli Navy is operating under the assumption that the Lebanese Shia group Hizbullah has Russian-made Yakhont land-based anti-ship missile systems, a senior Israeli Navy source told journalists on 29 March.

The source did not say whether this assumption was based on reliable intelligence or was a precautionary measure to ensure the navy was not caught unprepared like it was during the 2006 war with Hizbullah, when one of its Saar 5 corvettes was hit by a C-802 anti-ship missile that had been supplied to the group by Iran.

The source added that Hizbullah was now believed to have dozens of anti-ship missiles of 10 different types.

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