Russian aircrafts participating in the military operations against terrorist organizations in Syria carried out their first sorties equipped with air-to-air missiles yesterday, Russian Defense Ministry announced on Monday.
The measure is intended to deter Turkish fighter aircraft or those of any other country from taking aim at Russian aircraft on the pretext of them violating their airspace.
RT quoted Igor Klimov, commander of the Russian Airforce in Syria as saying, “Russian Su-34 bombers, additionally equipped with air-to-air missiles, have set out for their first mission in Syria."
“Today, Russian Su-34 fighter-bombers have made their first sorties equipped not only with high explosive aviation bombs and hollow charge bombs, but also with short and medium-range air-to-air missiles,” spokesman for the Russian Air Force added.
“The planes are equipped with missiles for defensive purposes,” Klimov said adding that the missiles have target-seeking devices and are “capable of hitting air targets within a 60km radius.”
The Russian Aerospace Forces (ASF) received a new consignment of Su-34 fighters-bombers on Tuesday. The aircraft took off from the aerodrome of the Novosibirsk Aviation Plant named after V
A day after launching air strikes against Islamic State positions in Syria using long range bombers, Russia today deployed Su-34 attack aircraft for more precision strikes. Russian Su-34 warplanes deployed at an airbase in the west of Iran carried out airstrikes against IS militants in Syria Wednesday
Algeria has ordered 12 Su-34 long-range strike bombers from Russia. “We have resumed talks on the sale of export Su-32 bombers to Algeria,” Sergey Smirnov, director general of the Novosibirsk Aircraft Production Association was quoted as saying to Russian news daily Vedomosti by National Interest Tuesday
The German cabinet has approved plans to join military campaign against Islamic State in Syria will ruled out any cooperation with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. A German official quoted by Reuters said that, German Defense Minister Ursula Von der Leyen ruled out any cooperation between German forces due to take part in the military campaign and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad or his troops in their fight against Islamic State
Russia has deployed heavy artillery and MRL reinforcements to Syria after several 130mm shells were fired by the Syrian rebel groups outside Latakia. Russia has transferred two types of heavy weapons systems by sea and by air to the front near Latakia in the past two days, Debkafile reported Monday
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