Six Russian Tu-22M3 Bombers Destroy Daesh Command Posts, Militants Near Palmyra

A Tupolev Tu-22M3 long-range strategic and maritime strike bomber of the Russian Aerospace Forces during a combat flight to strike the Islamic State infrastructure facilities in Syria by OFAB-25-270 fragmentation high explosive bombs

 

Six Russian Tu-22M3 long-range bombers attacked Daesh targets near Palmyra on Monday, the Russian Defense Ministry said in a statement.

“On August 8, 2016, six long-range Tu-22M3 bombers which took off in Russia dealt a concentrated high-explosive ammunition attack on targets of the Daesh terrorist group in areas east and northwest of Palmyra, near the As Sukhnah and Arak settlements.”

A command post and a large militant field camp have been destroyed near As Sukhnah, while terrorists near Palmyra and Arak sustained losses in manpower, arms depots, armored and all-terrain vehicles with mounted guns, as well as command posts, the ministry added.It was noted that the bombers returned safely and landed on their airfields following the concentrated attack.

Russia has been conducting a counterterrorist campaign in Syria since September 30, 2015, at President Bashar Assad’s request. On March 14, Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered the Defense Ministry to withdraw the bulk of the Russian military contingent from Syria.

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Six Russian Tu-22M3 Strategic Bombers Strike Daesh Targets in Syria

A Tupolev Tu-22M3 long-range strategic and maritime strike bomber of the Russian Aerospace Forces during a combat flight to strike the Islamic State infrastructure facilities in Syria by OFAB-25-270 fragmentation high explosive bombs

 

Six Russian Tu-22M3 long-range strategic bombers strike Daesh targets in Syria’s Palmyra, Arak, As Sukhnah and At Tawbah, the Russian Defense Ministry stated on Thursday.

“In July 21, six Tu-22M3 long-range strategic bombers conducted airstrikes on intelligence-verified Daesh targets east of Palmyra, in the cities of Arak, As Sukhnah and At Tawbah. The targeted objects included command posts, troops and terrorists’ equipment,” the statement read.

Due to the airstrikes, two terrorists’ command centers, troops and camouflaged military equipment were destroyed.

Boosting reconnaissance, especially from space, allowed to detect new targets for airstrikes against the objects of the Islamic State militant group, in Syria the Russian Defense Ministry stated.

“To improve the efficiency of the disclosure of terrorist group targets and the accuracy of determining their origin, reconnaissance was intensified in the area, including space-based reconnaissance. Due to intensified intelligence, new terrorist targets were detected and destroyed,” the statement read.

According to the statement, the aircraft returned safely to airfields after carrying out airstrikes.

The US-led international coalition was notified in advance of Russian Tu-22M3 strategic long-range bombers’ attack on Daesh targets, the statement added.

Russian Tu-22M3 Bombers Destroy Daesh Camp, Tanks & Militants in Syria

TU-22M3 airplane

 

Russian Tu-22M3 strategic long-range bombers have destroyed a number of militants, large Daesh camp, ammunition depots and tanks in Syrian on July 12, the Russian Defense Minsitry stated.

“As a result of the airstrikes, a large terrorist encampment, three ammunition depots, three tanks, four armored vehicles, eight cars equipped with heavy machine guns as well as a large number of terrorists were destroyed,” the statement read.

Six Russian Tu-22M3 strategic long-range bombers hit Daesh’ high-explosive munitions near Syria’s Palmyra, As Sukhnah, Arak, the Russian Ministry of Defense said.

“On the morning of July 12, six Tu-22M3 long-range strategic bombers carried out a concentrated attack using high-explosive ammunition on Daesh targets east of Palmyra, As Sukhnah and Arak,” the statement read.Among the targets identified and confirmed through intelligence channels in recent days, the ministry said a large IS field camp, three arms depots, three tanks and a large number of militants have been destroyed in the attack.

All bombers returned safely to airfields after striking Daesh targets in Syria.

“All planes returned safely and landed in their airfields. In order to ensure flight safety, representatives of the [US-led] international coalition have been notified of the attacks in advance,” the ministry underscored.

The representatives of the US-led international coalition have been notified in advance about the Russian airstrikes and the flight corridors of long-range Russian bombers.

Syria has been suffering from the fighting between government forces and opposition, as well as extremist groups.

The Russia-US brokered ceasefire regime in Syria came into force on February 27. The al-Nusra Front and Daesh terrorist groups, which are outlawed in Russia, are not part of the ceasefire deal.

Russian Jets Carry Out 169 Sorties in Syria Hitting 484 Terrorist Targets

Tu-22 strategic bombers of Russia's Aerospace Defense Forces set to hit ISIS targets in Syria

 

Combat aircraft from the Russian air group in Syria carried out some 170 sorties in the last three days hitting over 480 terrorist targets, the Russian General Staff said Monday.

“From January 22 to January 24, the aircraft from the air group deployed in Syria caried out 169 combat sorties hitting a total of 484 terrorist targets,” Lt. Gen. Sergey Rudskoy, chief of the Main Operational Directorate of the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces, told reporters.

“In order to provide support to the full-scale offensive of the Syrian Arab Army and patriotic opposition forces, on January 22 the Russian Aerospace Forces began commencing massed airstrikes against terrorist assets in Syria. About 70-100 sorties are being conducted every day,” he said.

“Russian Tu-22M3 long-range bombers carried out 18 sorties against Daesh forces deployed in the vicinity of Deir ez Zor from January 22 until January 24,” Rudskoy said.

Dozens of Daesh terrorists were killed and many more wounded after the Syrian army and the National Defense Forces (NDF) foiled a spate of militants’ attempts to seize hilltops overlooking a riverside area of the strategic town of Baqaliyeh, located in the eastern province of Deir Ez-Zor

 

Russian aviation destroys three major oil facilities in Syria — General Staff

MOSCOW, November 19 /TASS/. Russian bombers on Thursday destroyed the headquarters of the Islamic State terrorist group in Syria; three major oil facilities and an oil pumping station, General Andrey Kartapolov, the head of the main operations directorate of the Russian Army General Staff, said on Thursday.

“The air strikes destroyed the headquarters, three depots with oil, lubricants and ammunition; a plant for the production of explosive devices; a command center, a workshop for the production and repairs of mortar launchers, three major oil facilities and an oil pumping station,” General Kartapolov said.

Russian aircraft on Thursday morning delivered the third massive strike at terrorists in Syria.  Tu-95MS strategic bombers made sorties on Thursday morning while long-range Tu-22M3 aircraft made sorties in daytime.

“Today at 09:00 Moscow Time, Russia’s Air Force delivered the third massive air strike at illegal armed formations on Syrian territory,” Kartapolov said.

“The air strikes have destroyed the headquarters, three depots with oil, lubricants and ammunition; a plant for the production of explosive devices; a command center, a workshop for the production and repairs of mortar launchers and an oil pumping station,” General Kartapolov said.

He said the attack at the facilities in the provinces of Aleppo and Idlib took place between 09:00 and 09:20 Moscow Standard Time (06:00 and 06:20 GMT).

“The strikes were aimed at the depots with fuels and lubricants, a factory for manufacturing explosives, a command point and the Islamic State’s headquarters in the city of Idlib,” Gen Kartapolov said.

Besides, Tupolev Tu-160 and Tu-22M3 long-range aircraft destroyed 12 IS targets in the Syrian provinces of Raqqa and Deir ez-Zor. A squadron of Tu-22M3 bombers attacked six targets. The attack lasted from 16:40 to 17:30 Moscow time.

“The bombers hit the terrorists’ oil refineries, a munitions depot and a mortar repair and manufacturing facility in the Islamic State-controlled territories,” Kartapolov said.

The first two massive strikes of Russia’s aircraft at terrorists were delivered on November 17 and 18.

‘ISIL Killer’: Russia’s Tu-22M3 to Wipe Out Terrorist Targets in Syria

A Tupolev Tu-22M3 long-range strategic and maritime strike bomber of the Russian Aerospace Forces during a combat flight to strike the Islamic State infrastructure facilities in Syria by OFAB-25-270 fragmentation high explosive bombs

The Tupolev Tu-95 (Bear) and Tupolev Tu-160 (Blackjack) strategic bombers might have grabbed the headlines following Russia’s massive airstrikes against ISIL in Syria, but it is actually the supersonic Tu-22M3 (Backfire C) that has been largely doing the work.

Just look at the numbers. On November 17, airstrike operations were conducted by 24 Tu-22M3s, as well as five Tu-160 and Tu-95MS.

Cruise missiles hit ISIS targets in Syria
Cruise missiles hit ISIS targets in Syria

A squadron of the Tu-22M3 bombers, according to the Russian Ministry of Defense, targeted six facilities in the provinces of Raqqa and Deir ez-Zor destroying ISIL headquarters, ammunition depots, a plant where militants were making explosive devices, as well as well as a command center and three oil production sites.

The supersonic, variable-sweep wing Tu-22M3 is a long-range strategic and maritime strike bomber. The aircraft is the latest modification of the Backfire family in service with the Russian Armed Forces since 1989.

The bomb-door of the Tu-22 M3 missile-carrying bomber, the Russian aerospace forces, on its operational mission to deliver air strikes at ISIS targets in Syria
The bomb-door of the Tu-22 M3 missile-carrying bomber, the Russian aerospace forces, on its operational mission to deliver air strikes at ISIS targets in Syria

“When the Backfire was introduced into service, it caused a lot of concern within the US Navy because it is designed to carry a massive load of long-range anti-ship cruise missiles. The jet is fast – it has a top speed of Mach 1.88 and will easily sustain Mach 1.6 for extended periods – and carries 53,000lbs of weapons. Typically, that meant the Tu-22M3 could be carrying ten Raduga Kh-15 anti-ship missiles or three massive Raduga Kh-22 missiles – both of which can hit speeds of around Mach 5.0,” Defense analyst Dave Majumdar wrote for the National Interest.

The Tu-22M3 strategic bomber, designed by the Tupolev aerospace and defense company, is expected to be replaced by Russia’s stealthy fifth generation long-range bomber, dubbed the PAK DA, and the newest modification of the Tu-160.

“But that might not be the end of the road for the Backfire. There have been persistent rumors that China wants to buy the aircraft as part of its anti-access/area denial strategy,” the analyst observed.