Moscow: Rattling nuclear sabre Vladimir Putin has said that Russian rockets from a submarine lurking in the Mediterranean could be armed with nuclear warheads. The Russian President said he hoped they would ‘never be needed’ in the fight against the Islamic extremists.
His warning comes as striking images of the new Kalibr missiles fired by the Rostov-on-Don were released by officials yesterday. Tuesday’s blasts, Russia’s first submarine strikes on IS in Syria, were combined with air attacks.Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu said Russian strikes were aimed at IS strongholds around Raqqa, the de facto capital of the jihadist group.
He said: “As a result of the successful launches by the aviation and submarine fleet, all targets were destroyed.” The Rostov-on-Don — known as ‘a black hole by NATO’ — is one of the stealthiest submarines in the world. It is capable of carrying 533mm torpedoes and Kalibr-PL water-to-surface cruise missiles.