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Russia hits Islamic State targets with cruise missiles fired from stealth submarine

RUSSIA has hit Islamic State targets with missiles fired from a submarine as it steps up its campaign bid to wipe out Islamic State forces in the Middle East.

Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu said during a televised meeting with President Vladimir Putin that Russia had for the first time struck Islamic State targets in Syria with missiles fired from a submarine in the Mediterranean.

The ‘Black Hole’ stealth submarine is armed with cruise missiles to pound ISIS.

Shoigu said the Tu-22 bombers also took part in the latest raids, performing 60 combat sorties in the last three days.

The Rostov-on-Don sub, described by Russia as the “quietest in the world”, was deployed to the eastern Mediterranean Sea near Cyprus.

Dubbed the ‘Black Hole’ by Nato because of its ability to move around undetected, the submarine is equipped with missiles similar to those used by the warships of Russia’s Caspian flotilla to strike ISIS targets.

The same vessel was reportedly used to bomb ISIS – also known as Daesh – in their Raqqa headquarters in November.

Russia also struck the terror group in Syria with Kalibr cruise missiles from warships in the Caspian Sea in October.

The diesel-electric stealth sub is armed with 533mm torpedoes and water-to-surface cruise missiles, and its relatively small size helps it manoeuvre in shallow waters.

The 4,000 tonne sub, which can remain at sea for 45 days, has a top underwater speed of 20 knots (37kmph) and can dive to a depth of 300 metres.


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