The US used 2 state of the art weapons for the first time in Syria — and it looks like they worked perfectly


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US, UK, and French air and naval assets fired over 100 cruise missiles at three Syrian targets during a massive strike operation on Friday.
Two new weapons were used for the first time during the operation — the Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile-Extended Range, known as JASSM-ER, and the Virginia-class nuclear attack submarine.
The JASSM was launched by B-1B bombers, while the Virginia-class submarine was the only US Navy vessel based in the Mediterranean Sea that fired on Syrian targets during the operation.

Massive missile strikes conducted by US, UK, and French air and naval assets on Friday hit three targets that were allegedly related to the Syrian government’s chemical weapons program. The strikes appear to have been largely successful.

US Marine Corps Lieutenant General Kenneth McKenzie, the director of the Joint Staff, described the operation as
“precise, overwhelming, effective,” and said that it “significantly crippled” the Syrian government’s chemical weapons capabilities.

In all, 105 weapons struck the Barzah Research and Development Center outside of Damascus, the Him Shinshar bunker, and a storage site near Homs.

“Taken together … these attacks on multiple axes were able to overwhelm the Syrian air defense systems,” he said.

McKenzie also said that Syrian air defenses fired up to 40 surface-to-air missiles “without guidance,” and that they were “largely ineffective” as they had not managed to shoot down any US aircraft or prevent the intended targets from being destroyed.

Often overlooked in the assessment of the operation is the fact that two new weapons, the Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile-Extended Range, known as the JASSM-ER, and the Virginia-class nuclear attack submarine both made their combat debut during the operation — and appear to have performed perfectly.

The JASSM kept bombers out of Syrian airspace

The JASSM is a standoff air-launched cruise missile made by Lockheed Martin. It is usually …read more

Source:: Business Insider

      

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