The Israeli Navy is operating under the assumption that the Lebanese Shia group Hezbollah has Russian-made Yakhont land-based anti-ship missile systems, a senior Israeli Navy source told journalists on 29 March.

The source did not say whether this assumption was based on reliable intelligence or was a precautionary measure to ensure the navy was not caught unprepared like it was during the 2006 war with Hezbollah, when one of its Saar 5 corvettes was hit by a C-802 anti-ship missile that had been supplied to the group by Iran.

The source added that Hezbollah was now believed to have dozens of anti-ship missiles of 10 different types. […]