Russia shows off its weaponry in Syria

The Russian military has pulled out all stops and is using a broad spectrum of weaponry in the aerial and naval operations in Syria. The best examples of Soviet design and the latest Russian weapons are now going through their baptism of fire and being tested in real military conditions in the war against ISIS. We give a selection of weapons being used in Syria.


Russia’s armed forces have transported 28 aircraft on large landing vessels to the port of Tartus and the Hmemeem airbase in Latakia. Very swiftly, the Nikolai Filchenkov, Novocherkassk, Minsk and Peresvet (New Light) moved these planes to the required destinations.. They are continuing combat duty in the Mediterranean alongside landing vessels Admiral NevelskyAlexander Shabalin and the destroyer Admiral Panteleev and the patrol ship Neustrashimy (Fearless). The group also includes the Moskva missile cruiser and the patrol ship Smetlivy (Sharpwitted). Three fast attack craft from Russia’s Caspian Sea Fleet; UglichSvijazhsk, and Veliky Ustyug; were used to successfully launch cruise missiles on terrorist positions from the Caspian Sea. The attack vessels launched 26 ‘Kalibr’-NK cruise missiles (still called the Russian Tomahawk), in almost a baptism by fire for the high-precision weapons and its first long-distance usage, with a range of over 1,500 kms. This will allow Russia to conduct military operations in remote theaters. More than 10 Russian naval vessels are patrolling the Caspian Sea. The Vasily Tatischev from the Baltic Fleet is gathering intelligence.

Aviation and high precision weapons

Russia has several different aircraft, from the older Su-24M bombers and Su-25 attack plans to the latest models. There are 28 military aircraft in the theatre, and two An-124 transporters.

Su-25. Source: AP

The Su-24M is among the most popular fighter aircraft, adopted in the USSR in 1975. It is still used by the Russian military and other countries. 12 of these aircraft are operating in Syria and 12 Su-25 attack planes have also been sent there. Four Su-30 fighters have also been sent to Syria. This is a 4+ generation fighter plane, capable of destroying land based equipment at night, during bad weather, and also carry out reconnaissance.

The latest tactical fighter-bomber is the Su-34, which has made its debut in the Syrian conflict. According to the Ministry of Defence, the Su-34 in Syria is equipped with the TKS-2M integrated communications system for “network centric operations”. The new systems enable the exchange of target coordinates between aircraft without ground command support. The Su-34 bomber can inform the attack group about the target coordinates with automatic output on electronic maps for other aircraft crews, without ground based command posts, so all group aircraft “know” the coordinates of the objective even if one aircraft finds the location. The system makes aviation operations more covert, as only one aircraft in the group needs to turn on radar to track a target.

A total of 15 helicopters are also being used in the Syria theatre. These include the Mi-17, for transportation and electromagnetic warfare, and the Mi-24 attack helicopter, which was used in Afghanistan.

Russia is using high precision weaponry during its attacks on Syrian territory. The airplanes are armed with the KAB-250 and KAB-500 bombs, which after being dropped from the aircraft, guided by military satellites. The radius of deviation from the target is no more than 5 metres. Ammunition has been found for guided anti-tank missiles the RBK-500-SPBE in Aleppo.

Electromagnetic warfare

The Russian military has deployed the Krasukha-4 electronic warfare system, to suppress aircraft radar and combat drones in Syria. These are capable of sheltering the protected object from radar detection at distances of 150 to 300 kilometres, and also suppress AWACS aircraft and enemy electronic warfare devices. Krasukha-4 systems were adopted into service in 2012, and provided to troops from 2013.

Source: Vitaly Kuzmin/

Comparison of military characteristics of the ship based Caliber-NK and the Tomahawk:

Military specifications 3M-14


Tomahawk TLAM-E Block IV
Year accepted into service 2012 2002
Length (inc. launcher), m 8.1 6.25
Body diameter, mm 533 533
Wing size, m 3.3 2.67
Mass in flight (initial), kg 1320 1315
Size of warhead, kg 450 450
Nuclear warhead, kT 100-200
Flight speed, Mach 0.7 0.7
Range with warhead (conventional), km Greater than 1500 1600
Range with warhead (nuclear), km 2600

Argentina and UK Falklands spat spiced up by Russian jets

December 29, 2014 14:49 

A Sukhoi jet fighter Su-24. (Reuters/China Daily)

A Sukhoi jet fighter Su-24. (Reuters/China Daily)

The Falkland Islands – a UK overseas territory Argentina lays claim to – have been allegedly reviewing their defenses after news Russia may offer Argentina fighter jets, UK’s Daily Express says in its report.

The deal reportedly involves a lease/lend of twelve Sukhoi Su-24 all-weather attack aircraft, which NATO calls “Fencer A”. The jets will be able to do air patrols over the Falklands’ capital, Port Stanley. According to the tabloid, Ministry of Defense officials fear Buenos Aires will take delivery of the planes well before the 2020 deployment of the Navy’s 65,000-tonne aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth and its F-35B fighters, leaving a “real window of vulnerability.”

Up to 1,500 troops, backed by a naval warship that visits throughout the year, are permanently based on the Falklands, along with four RAF Typhoon jets, plus anti-aircraft and artillery batteries.

View of the British military cemetery in San Carlos Village in the Falkland Islands. (AFP Photo/Martin Bernetti)

View of the British military cemetery in San Carlos Village in the Falkland Islands. (AFP Photo/Martin Bernetti)

The Falklands, called ‘Las Malvinas’ by the Argentinians, have belonged to Britain since the 1830s. Argentina insists the islands are theirs by virtue of their proximity to the South American mainland. In 1982 Buenos Aires lost a brief war with Britain over the islands. Under the Constitution, the UK is responsible for the islands’ foreign affairs, retaining the power “to protect UK interests and to ensure the overall good governance of the territory.” Nonetheless, the islands have their own internal government. Last March, Falkland islanders held a referendum, voting by 1,513 to three to remain a British overseas territory. Russia supports Argentina’s bid for direct bilateral talks with Britain on sovereignty of the islands.

READ MORE: Argentina slams ‘NATO’ Falklands as UK gears up for war games

Russia has been developing friendly ties with Argentina since 2010, when it signed a “historic” contract with Buenos Aires and delivered two Mi17 assault helicopters to serve in the country’s national Air Force. The sale was the first time the Argentinean military had bought Russian military hardware.

View of Stanley from Mount Longdon, Falklands. (AFP Photo/Daniel Garcia)

View of Stanley from Mount Longdon, Falklands. (AFP Photo/Daniel Garcia)

President Vladimir Putin’s visit to Argentina in July also helped boost relations between the countries, possibly paving the way for exchanging Russian military hardware for food and goods. Russia banned food imports from the US, along with goods from the EU, Norway, Australia and Canada, after Putin ordered retaliation for sanctions against Russia over the Ukraine crisis.

Buenos Aires needs to replace its depleted fighter fleet. In October, Defense Minister Agustin Rossi announced the purchase of 24 Saab Gripen fighters, which were to have been provided by Brazil. It would have been the first major purchase of new military aircraft by Buenos Aires since the Falklands War three decades ago. However, the deal was called off because some of the jet’s parts were made in the UK.

The Ocean Guardian semi-submersible drilling rig floats tethered to the sea floor just three days after beginning its contracted well for Rockhopper Exploration a little more than 100 km (62 miles) offshore from the Falkland Islands. (Reuters/Gary Clement)

The Ocean Guardian semi-submersible drilling rig floats tethered to the sea floor just three days after beginning its contracted well for Rockhopper Exploration a little more than 100 km (62 miles) offshore from the Falkland Islands. (Reuters/Gary Clement)

The seabed around Falklands is believed to contain copious oil reserves. While oil companies have conducted large-scale exploration, exploitation of the reserves hasn’t yet been launched. Tensions between the UK and Argentina escalated in 2010 when a British company began exploring for oil near the Falklands’ waters. Argentina introduced new rules in response, requiring all ships travelling to the Falklands through its waters to have a permit.

First batch of Russian jets arrives in Iraq

First batch of Russian jets arrives in Iraq

The first ten Russian Sukhoi (Su-24) fighter jets arrived in Iraq on Saturday, the country’s Defense Ministry said. Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki is hoping the jets will make a key difference in the fight against ISIS.

“The fighter jets landed today in the morning on different military airfields,” MP Abbas al-Bayati told Iraqi media.

The official spokesperson for the Iraqi Ministry of Defense, Mohammed al-Askari, also confirmed the information, Al Iraqiya TV channel reported.

The fighter jets will be stationed at an airbase located in the southern part of the country, PressTV reported, citing military sources.

Earlier this week, Prime Minister Maliki revealed that Iraq purchased jets from Russia and Belarus in order to help its fight against Sunni militants from the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIS/ISIL).

At the same time, Maliki criticized the US for taking too long to deliver on its own contract after Iraq purchased F-16 jets from America.

On Friday, Iraqi Air Force Commander Hameed al-Maliki confirmed the shipment of MI-35 and MI-28 Russian helicopter fighters to “keep the momentum” in the attacks against ISIS, Ruptly reported.

The commander said that he signed three contracts with the Russians and stressed the importance of the choppers as “excellent anti-terrorism weapons.”

The radical Sunni Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIS or ISIL) has taken large parts of the country’s north from the Shia government.

Hundreds of Iraqi soldiers have been killed by insurgents since the Sunni militants began their offensive on June 9, according to Iraqi forces.

The United Nations says more than 1,000 people – mainly civilians – have been killed during the surge thus far.

Azerbaijan will modernize bombers ” Su-24 “

Azerbaijan will modernize bombers

29.11.2013 APA (Azerbaijan
Start of the modernization project of the arsenal of bombers Su-24 ( NATO codename «Fencer») in Azerbayjan Air Force is expectad.

APA has learned from military sources .

Currently this project is discussed in the Armed Forces . Modernization will be held on one of the aircraft factories in Azerbaijan.

According to open sources, the Air Force currently has 10 aircraft of Azerbaijan ” Su-24 “. It should be added that among the countries of the South Caucasus the aircraft ” Su-24 ” are only available for Azerbaijani Armed Forces .

The last flight of aircraft ” Su-24 ” tppk place on a military parade in Baku on June 26, 2008 . Since that time, the operation of these bombers was suspended.