Russian planes in Syria destroy warehouse containing terrorists’ anti-tank weapons

Over the past two days Russian planes flew 81 sorties to hit 263 terrorist targets in Syria’s eight provinces

MOSCOW, November 5. /TASS/. Russia’s Sukhoi-25 planes have destroyed a warehouse in Syria’s Idlib province containing anti-tank missiles meant for the terrorist group Jabhat al Nusra, Defense Ministry spokesman Major-General Igor Konashenkov has said.

“In the area of Maarat al Nu’man, Idlib province, according to data obtained through the joint information centre in Baghdad, a batch of anti-tank missiles had been delivered to a warehouse several days ago,” Konashenkov said, adding that the weapons were addressed to militants for destroying the Syrian troops’ advancing armour.

“After this information was confirmed by several other sources a pair of Sukhoi-25 fighter-bombers attacked the target. The warehouse and the stored ammunition was destroyed,” Konashenkov said.

Russian air group wipes out Islamic State stronghold 30 km away from Palmira

According to the spokesperson Russia’s Sukhoi-24 bomber has wiped out an Islamic State stronghold near the community of Tadmor, 30 kilometers away from Palmira.

“In the area of the community of Tadmor, Homs province, a Sukhoi-24 bomber has destroyed a large stronghold of the Islamic State, a tank in a firing position, an anti-aircraft system ZSU-23 and a mortar battery,” Konashenkov said.

“The destroyed stronghold was more than 30 kilometers away from Palmira,” Konashenkov said, adding that Tadmor was the largest community in this desert area, so its name was used for convenience to denote the specific location.

“Let me point out that Russian aircraft have been attacking only terrorist targets far away from architectural monuments,” Konashenkov said.

It was not the first strike against terrorist forces in the area of Tadmor over the past few days. On Monday, the Defense Ministry said that a Sukhoi-25 fighter-bomber destroyed fortified positions and two ZSU-23 air defense systems.

Russian aircraft destroy terrorist base near Damascus, checkpoints at al-Raqqah

Russian Su-34 bombers have destroyed a base of terrorists near Damascus and checkpoint near the city of al-Raqqah.

“The Su-34 bombers hit two fortified terrorist checkpoints located near the city of al-Raqqah,” Konashenkov said.

Russian bomber destroys Jabhat al-Nusra training base in Syria’s Deir ez-Zor province

According to the spokesman A Russian Su-34 bomber has destroyed a training base of Jabhat al-Nusra terrorist group in Syria’s Deir ez-Zor province.

“The Su-34 bomber hit a Jabhat al-Nusra militant training base near the town of al-Muhasan,” Konashenkov said adding that the base’s facilities and explosives cache had been destroyed.

Konashenkov also said Russian Su-24M bombers have destroyed repair shops and seven pieces of military hardware in Syria’s Aleppo province.

“The Su-24M bombers destroyed workshops located in several buildings for the repair of combat hardware of the Islamic State terrorist organization near the airport of Neirob in the Aleppo province,” the spokesman said.

“The air bombs that hit the workshops destroyed seven pieces of the armor located inside them,” he added.

Earlier in the day Konashenkov said that over the past two days Russian planes flew 81 sorties to hit 263 terrorist targets in Syria’s eight provinces.

On Tuesday, the head of the main operations department of Russia’s General Staff, Colonel-General Andrey Kartapolov said that since the beginning of the operation in Syria Russian planes flew more than 1,6000 sorties to attack more than 2,000 terrorist targets.

He also said that Russian planes attacked an Islamic State base with an arms cache and command post in a mountain gorge near Damascus.

Washington Spends More on Anti-ISIL Efforts, Delivers Less Than Russia

Pilots onboard of the US Marine fighter jet aircrafthave flown missions into both Iraq and Syria, part of the over 6,800 airstrikes carried out since August 2014.

One would assume that any country determined to fight ISIL wants to keep its counterterrorism campaign relatively cost-effective but not Washington, it seems.

The US is spending $8 million a day on a mission that has so far failed to bring the US-led coalition any closer to its goal of degrading and ultimately destroying the brutal Sunni group in the Middle East.

Meanwhile, Moscow’s limited military engagement in Syria costs far less (allegedly up to $4 million) and has proven to be far more successful.

US Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs Anne W. Patterson revealed the daily cost of America’s anti-ISIL campaign in Iraq and Syria during a hearing at the House Foreign Affairs Committee on Wednesday. This figure, however, will not remain at this level for long.

Washington’s expenditures will likely increase since the White House decided to expand its military presence in Syria. On Friday, the Obama administration announced that approximately 50 special operations troops would arrive in Syria to “train, advise and assist” rebel forces fighting ISIL.

Although the White House pledged to keep the mission limited, many fear that Washington’s military presence in Syria will escalate. After all, Barack Obama repeatedly said that no US boots will be sent to the war-torn country. The new strategy is a U-turn on that promise.US Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Victoria Nuland provided the estimated cost of the Russian aerial campaign in Syria during the same Congressional hearing. The State Department appears to believe that Moscow is spending $2 million to $4 million each day on its assistance mission.

In addition, Moscow is said to be carrying out eight times more airstrikes daily than the US.

The US-led coalition has been conducting airstrikes against ISIL targets in Syria since September 2014. The operation has not been authorized by Damascus. For its part, Russia launched its aerial campaign aimed at assisting the Syrian Army in its fight against radical groups in the country following a formal request from Bashar al-Assad.

Islamic State
Islamic State

General Staff: Coordinates of 24 terrorist targets in Syria provided by opposition

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MOSCOW, November 3. /TASS/. The Russian military have established contacts with leaders of the Syrian opposition and field commanders of a number of armed groups, chief of the Main Department for Operations at the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces, Gen Andrey Kartapolov said on Tuesday.

The Russian general underscored that Russia had repeatedly said it was ready to “cooperate with all Syrian patriotic forces struggling against terrorists from the Islamic State and Jabhat al-Nusra [both outlawed in Russia – TASS].”

“Despite their four-year-long confrontation with the government troops, these patriotically-minded forces postpone their political ambitions to the ideas of preserving Syria as a united independent state free from the Islamic State and other terrorist organizations,” Kartapolov said. “We hope this step will give a new vector in the settlement of the Syrian conflict.”

Kartapolov also said the Syrian opposition provided coordinates of 24 terrorist targets in Syria to the Russian military.

“We have reached an agreement on joint actions against terrorists and established contacts for information transfer. Thus, Russia’s warplanes flew 12 sorties today to hit 24 terrorist targets with the use of boosted devices and high-precision air bomb KAB-500 in the areas of Tamdor, Deir ez-Zor, Itria and east of Aleppo. Coordinates of these targets were referred by the opposition,” he said.

In particular, the Russian air strikes destroyed a terrorist command center, a munitions depot, ten various fortified positions and 12 artillery and air defense positions of terrorists.

The military official said the Russian Defense Ministry and the leadership of the Syrian opposition set up coordination groups for joint operations against the Islamic State terrorists in Syria.

“We have set up working coordinating groups and as of now their composition and [geographical] deployment would not be made public for obvious reasons,” Russian General Staff Main Operations Department Head Col.-Gen. Andrei Kartapolov said.

“Arrangements have been made for their joint activities of coordinating efforts in the struggle against the Islamic State,” Kartapolov said. “Such close cooperation will enable us to pool efforts by all government troops and other patriotic forces of the Syrian Arab Republic, which previously stayed in opposition, to present a common front against one enemy – international terrorism.”

Russia started a military operation against the Islamic State terrorist group in the Syrian territory at the request of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on September 30. The air group in Syria includes more than 50 warplanes, including Su-34 and Su-24M bombers; Su-25 assault aircraft; Su-30SM fighter jets as well as Mi-8 and Mi-24 helicopters.

The Russian pilots have made 1,631 combat sorties and delivered air strikes at 2,084 terrorist facilities since the military operation started, Kartapolov told journalists on November 3 confirming that Russia had no intention to participate in land operations in Syria.

Islamic State terrorist group

The Islamic State is an Islamic terrorist organization banned in Russia. In 2013-2014, it was known under the name the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and operated mainly in Iraq and Syria. In June 2014, the Islamic State announced the establishment of an “Islamic caliphate” (a state with a Sharia form of government) on the territories it had seized and reduced its name to the Islamic State.

According to the United States’ Central Intelligence Agency, the extremist group numbers around 30,000 people. The Iraqi authorities say however it has up to 200,000 gunmen. Among members of the group are citizens of 80 countries, including France, Great Britain, Germany, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, US, Canada, Russia and other countries of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS). Islamic State militants reportedly control up to 40% of the Iraq’s territory and about 50% of the Syrian territory.

UK Military Says Russian Air Force Active Near British Airspace

TU 95MS long-range jets of the Russian Air Force

Royal United Services spokeswoman said two alleged Russian bombers were spotted in the skies over Bournemouth.

MOSCOW, January 29 (Sputnik) — Two alleged Russian bombers were seen flying over British airspace on its southern coast, leading the Royal Air Force (RAF) to dispatch two jets in response, the Daily Mail reported on Thursday.”Flying any military aircraft in or close to the sovereign airspace of another country signals displeasure or at worst aggression,” defense watchdog Royal United Services Institute spokeswoman Elizabeth Quintana was quoted as saying by the newspaper.

According to her, the bombers did not violate British airspace, but did diverge from their standard route.

“This case is very unusual. Normally Russian Bears [NATO reporting name of the Tu-95 strategic bomber] come past Norway and down the North Sea. It could have been used to probe the RAF speed of reaction south,” Quintana said.

The spokeswoman added that the RAF’s two multipurpose Typhoon aircraft escorted the alleged Russian bombers until they left the “UK area of interest.”


Russian Air Force Marks 102th Anniversary

SU-27 aircrafts of Russian Air Force

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MOSCOW, August 12 (RIA Novosti) – Russia’s Air Force will mark its 102th anniversary by holding a large-scale air show demonstrating advanced aircraft, Air Force Commander-In-Chief Col. Gen. Viktor Bondarev said Tuesday.

“Wooden aircraft have evolved onto the cutting-edge, filled with electronics and other scientific and technical advances. Aviation has taken a great leap over this period of time,” Bondarev, who has recently been promoted to the rank of Colonel General, told the press.

Bondarev stressed that today all the aircraft entering Russian Air Force are supermaneuvrable, which distinguishes Russian military aviation from other countries’.

“I would like to congratulate all of those who serve in the Russian Air Force, the veterans of the Second World War, the aircraft builders and maintenance men … all those who sit in the fighter cabins … All those, who are linked with aviation,” said Bondarev.

Air-force units all across Russia will hold meetings and concerts in celebration of the event.

The anniversary of the Russian Air Force is on August 12 – the day the Imperial Russian Air Service became a separate branch of the Russian armed forces back in 1912. The Soviet Air Force, which was created on the basis of the Imperial Russian Air Service, was involved in numerous wars and conflicts worldwide, from the Second World War through Afghanistan. The successor to the Soviet organization, the Russian Air Force, is one of the largest in the world, possessing hundreds of combat aircraft units

Russian Air Force Boosts Presence in Arctic

Tu-95MS strategic bomber

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MOSCOW, July 10 (RIA Novosti) – Russian long-range aviation bases are increasing their presence in the Arctic, the press service of the Eastern Military District reported Thursday.

“The crews of Tupolev Tu-95MS strategic bombers at the Arctic long-range aviation base in Amur Region, have tripled their flying rate this year. By performing these tasks, the crews gain valuable experience in offline piloting over featureless terrain for a long period of time,” the chief of the press service, Colonel Alexander Gordeyev, said.

The colonel said the flights are being carried out according to a patrol plan in the waters of the Arctic Ocean at maximum range and duration. Additionally, the pilots are practicing aerial reconnaissance, air refueling and interactions with other branches of the armed forces.

“Since 2014, we’ve been paying specific attention to practicing landing and taking off on the northern airfields in various conditions,” Gordeyev said.

All flights are carried out in strict accordance with international regulations on the use of airspace without violating the borders of other states.

This statement comes amid Russia’s active resource exploration in the Arctic. The region’s potential resources are evaluated at $30 trillion, and Russia intends to shift its oil and gas exploration activities there in the near future, specialists at Russia’s Emergencies Ministry said, hence the need to protect the territory.

Russia regards Arctic exploration as one of its top priorities and economic growth drivers. The discovery of large hydrocarbon deposits in the Arctic has sparked international competition over the region’s resources. Last year, Moscow unveiled a strategy aimed at increasing its presence in the Arctic and boosting the region’s development by 2020.

Upgraded Yak-130 Trainer to Pass Flight Tests Next Week


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The Russian Air Force will test a modernized control system of the Yak-130 combat training aircraft next week. This was reported by Deputy Director General of the Yakovlev Design Bureau Roman Taskaev.

“We have received an upgraded management system according to schedule and are currently mounting it on the combat trainer to check compatibility of all the systems. The flight tests will be conducted next week,” Mr. Taskaev stated.

According to the information available, the new electronic board will be installed on all Yak-130s in case of successful tests.

It’s worth noting that the next-generation Yak-130 combat training aircraft is designed for teaching, training, and maintaining the skills of fighter pilots for fourth- and fifth-generation fighter jets. The greatest advantage of the Yak-130 consists in its complex control system that makes it possible to fly at high angles of attack and perform aerobatics with ease