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JUNE 2021

Heavy Russian Bombers Spotted With Long-Range Missiles During Exercise Off Syria’s Coast

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Heavy Russian Bombers Spotted With Long-Range Missiles During Exercise Off Syria’s Coast

The Tupolev Tu-22M3 strategic bombers. Source: Vadim Savitsky/TASS

Russian Tu-22M3 long-range bombers, which were recently deployed in Syria, have performed training flights over the Mediterranean Sea, the Ministry of Defense of Russia announced on May 26.

Three Tu-22M3 bombers landed in Russia’s Hmeimim Air Base on the Syrian coast on May 25. The deployment came following the expansion of the base’s runway. Now, all types of planes operational in the Russian military can perform flights from the base.

“The crews of Tu-22M3 long-range bombers that arrived at the Russian Hmeimim airbase in the Syrian Arab Republic the other day have begun to accomplish the tasks of mastering the airspace in the Mediterranean maritime area. The Tu-22M3 long-range bombers have conducted training flights over the Mediterranean Sea,” the Russian MoD said in a statement.

The Zvezda TV released footage of the bombers’ flight. In the footage, the bombers can be seen armed with Kh-22/32 long-range missiles.

The massive missile, which is capable of carrying a 350–1,000 kiloton thermonuclear, has a range of up to 600 km. Several variants of the missile were developed for use against ships, ground targets and radar systems.

Heavy Russian Bombers Spotted With Long-Range Missiles During Exercise Off Syria’s Coast

Screen grab from Zvezda’s footage.

Russia is reportedly developing a new small-sized hypersonic missile, dubbed “Ostrota,” for the Tu-22M3 and other types of bombers.

Heavy Russian Bombers Spotted With Long-Range Missiles During Exercise Off Syria’s Coast

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The deployment of Tu-22M3 bombers in Syria was an achievement for the Russian military and a sign of Moscow’s commitment to maintaining a strong presence in the Middle East. According to the Russian MoD, the bombers will return to their home base in Russia once their training flights are completed.

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Lance Ripplinger

Very interesting, and important strategic move for Russia. Perhaps we will see these planes go in and out of Syria more, launching strikes at the terrorist cells in the Syrian desert.

mike l hutchings

that is a beautiful aircraft….

john wooh

TU-22M3, TU-160M, MiG-29/35, MiG-31, SU-27/30/33/34/35 and SU-57, superd looking aircrafts .

john wooh

*superd=superb

interesting

Subtle warning to Israel?

AmS

these are the death knell for daesh inshallah

Lone Ranger

Most excellent Comrades 🤗👍🥇
CIAtrolls and hasbarats will cry and rage 🤗

James

A strong deterrent for any Western naval battle-groups that want to try and intimidate Syria and Russia.

IMHO

That’s laughable. Syria is bombed with impunity by Israel and the U.S. sits nice and comfortably in their illegal occupation. Russia is no threat to either one any more now than it has been.

Rhodium 10

The purpose is to keep away NATO battle groups ( air carrier, frigates and destroyers) deployed in the East Mediterranean to support NATO countries in the Black sea…

IMHO

Yawn.

SpecOps

It would have to be Kh-32, work on modernizing the Kh-22 started because it wouldn’t launch when under NATO radar jamming in the late 1980s.

L du Plessis

Without the Bear the US/Nato/israeli Empires of chaos will turn the middle east into hell itself.

IMHO

Big deal. Doesn’t mean a thing nor change a thing.

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