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'Hezbollah might have game-changing naval missiles'

Western intelligence officials express 'grave concerns' that Hezbollah  was able to obtain P-800 Onyx supersonic anti-ship cruise missiles, the likes of which Israel has reportedly tried to prevent it from having.

Western intelligence agencies have expressed "grave concerns" that Hezbollah has been able to obtain strategic naval weapons that could change the balance of power in the Middle East.

Despite great efforts attributed to Israel over the past five years to prevent Hezbollah from getting its hands on such weapons, Hezbollah is believed to have been able to smuggle into Lebanon a certain amount—likely no more than eight—of P-800 Onyx missiles, also known in export markets as Yakhont.
 
The information, which was passed among several intelligence agencies, is based on what was defined as "highly reliable sources."

The Russian supersonic anti-ship cruise missile is regarded as the naval equivalent of the antiaircraft S-300 and is considered the best of its kind in the world. It can be fired from the shore and has a range of up to 300 kilometers. There is no known electronic defense system that could deal with it or intercept it.
 
According to Israeli intelligence officials, Hezbollah could use the Onyx missiles to significantly threaten the Israeli Navy, the US Sixth Fleet and civilian vessels in the Mediterranean, as well as Israel's newly built oil and gas rigs.
 
It is possible that some of the attacks attributed to the Israel Air Force against arms depots and weapons shipments from Syria to Lebanon were meant to thwart the transfer of the Onyx missiles to Hezbollah.

Source : ynetnews

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