On Tuesday, the Russian Ministry of Defense released a handful of videos glorifying its Mediterranean naval campaign to support Syrian President Bashar Assad.

Cruise missiles were seen launching vertically from destroyers, tipping sideways, and then rocketing toward the Syrian city of Aleppo. The videos also showed operations aboard Russia’s sole aircraft carrier, the Admiral Kuznetsov.

But according to experts, as flashy as this naval show of force may be, it added nothing toward the completion of Russia’s military objectives.

“It’s mostly for show,” Dmitry Gorenburg, a senior research scientist at Harvard’s Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian studies, told Business Insider.