Russian Nuclear Bombers Deploy to Syria

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RT: Russia’s long-range modernized Tupolev Tu-22M3 bombers have flown to Moscow’s Khmeimim Air Base in Syria, where they will be located for the first time ever, following the reconstruction and lengthening of its second runway.

Originally built during the Soviet Union, the Tu-22M3 planes have undergone extensive modernization. Previously, the aircraft had been based in Russia and had flown to Syria just for certain missions, but will now be based in Khmeimim, on the Mediterranean coast.

Russia has been a long-time ally of Syria, and has been involved in the Syrian Civil War since 2015, when it was invited by the Damascus government, led by President Bashar Assad, to help fight against a terrorist insurgency in the country.

With the Khmeimim airbase’s reconstruction, which includes the installation of new lighting and radio equipment, all types of aircraft in service with the Russian armed forces can now use it to take off and land.

While in the country, the bombers will undergo training in flights over the sea. Once practice is complete,  they will return to permanent airfields in Russia.

The Tu-22M3 is a strike bomber which made its maiden flight on June 20, 1977. In 2018 it was heavily modernized. According to the website of Tupolev, the company that made the plane, the aircraft now has a significantly larger combat radius and effectiveness.

In March, three people were killed when the ejection system of a Tu-22M3 bomber aircraft went off during pre-flight preparations in the Russian city of Kaluga. With the altitude far too low for parachutes to work, the crew members were killed when they came back to ground.

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  1. If I remember correctly, some Tu-160s were brought to Khmeimim Air Base in Syria armed with Khinzal hypersonic missiles during the Turkish offensive in Idlib in Feb-March 2020. They were flown down from Engels Air Base near Saratov in South Russia. It was done very quietly.

    Russia was concerned that Turkey would go into ‘Full Turk Mode’ and brought them down as a deterrent. Considering Erdogan purged the entire Turkish Airforce earlier, and they really don’t have any decent pilots remaining, they were stuck flying drones since their attempt to bring in Pakistani pilots was blocked by NATO. It’s no question the Russia Air Force could have wiped out Turkish Air Power, but since the Turks and their HTS/ISIS puppets could not even manage to hold the village of Saraqib in Feb-March of 2020, their threats to occupy Hama fell far short.

  2. A superpower country, the island of freedom and the territory of sane people’s – we have the future. And we can afford these things in the article.

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