Russia’s Tupolev-95MSM bomber delivers first-ever strike on mission to Syria

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MOSCOW, November 17. /TASS/. An upgraded strategic bomber Tupolev-95MSM on Thursday delivered the first-ever strike with X-101 cruise missiles while on a mission to destroy the strongholds of terrorist groupings in Syria, the Russian Defense Ministry said at its official channel in YouTube.

No reports on the dispatches of these turboprops in strikes at terrorists in Syria were made earlier.

The Russian Aerospace Force put the first upgraded Tupolev-95MSM into service in August 2015. It received the codename Dubna, after a town in the Moscow region, which is an internationally known center of nuclear research in Russia.

The video shows that two bombers as a minimum took off from a Russian airbase. An older of the Tupolev-95 family of turboprops, a Tupolev-95MS codenamed Vorkuta, joined the modernized bomber on the flight to Syria.

 

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.