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Russia to supply Syria with patrol boats

6th July 2017 - 14:00 GMT | by Eugene Gerden in St Petersburg

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Russia will supply up to patrol vessels and associated equipment to the Syrian coast guard to assist in its efforts to secure the country’s ports and territorial waters.

Deliveries of the vessels, which have not been identified by type, will begin this year and run to 2019. Sources suggest however that it could be a mix of the ‘Molniya’ and ‘Raptor’ (pictured) classes, the latter of which are actively used by Russian forces, and could number up to 40 hulls.

Typically the Molniya-class patrol boats are manufactured by Vympel Shipyard and armed with 16 SS-N-25 'Switchblade' URAN E Missiles, an

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Eugene Gerden is a Shephard correspondent based in St Petersburg.

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