Russia will supply the Syrian Coastal Guard with new patrol boats and other equipment, the Shephard Military News website has reported.
According to the report, the delivery of boats will begin in 2017 year and will be completed until 2019. It’s not known what kind of boats it is until now, but it’s believed that Moscow will supply Project 03160 High Speed Patrol Boats.
The Project 03160 is one of the world’s most modern patrol boats with a range of 100 nautical miles and a speed of up to 90 km/h. Equipped with a 2,000-hp twin-waterjet power plan, it also has a modern marine radar and several modern electro-optical night-daytime systems. It’s armed with 14.5-mm Uprava-KORD remote-controlled fighting module and 2 7.62mm machine guns. Such boats can be used for counter-terrorism and special operations, or search and rescue operations SAR.
Through this step, Russia aims to develop the capabilities of the Syrian Coastal Guard and the Syrian Navy and help them to secure the Syrian coast against possible terrorist acts or smuggling attempts. Russia had previously deployed two Project 03160 boats at its Tartus naval facility, but it is still uncertain whether Syria would get them. However, Russia is committed to assist the struggling Syrian Navy according to the Tartus naval base agreement.