Yesterday, Russian bombers. Russian Tu-95MS heavy bombers attacked Islamic State and Al-Nusra Front targets in Syria with Kh-101 cruise missiles, according to Defense Ministry spokesperson Major General Igor Konashenkov. They didn’t need to use cruise missiles. They could have used gravity bombs. Their enemy had no air defense capability, but since this was a wartime test of hardware, they opted for the missile test.
The targets were located in Deir ez-Zor and Idlib provinces in Syria, Konashenkov said. The bombers took off from Engels airbase in Russia and flew over Iran and Iraq.
“I would like to highlight that all the annihilated targets were located outside the residential areas at a safe distance from the strongholds of US special units and Syrian Democratic Forces militants in the Islamic State-controlled areas,” Konashenkov said at a ministry briefing today.
Konashenkov used the briefing as the occasion to reiterate his question about whom the US special forces are fighting? He said Russia has received no clarification on this issue. I think that a response from President Trump that we’re fighting whoever pisses us off would cause liberal heads to re-explode. Which might be a good reason for him to say it…
Russian TV channels broadcast footage of the bombers as they were being armed with missiles, taking off, in-flight refueling and launching their attacks. The attacks supported Syrian army’s advance against the last strongholds of the Islamic State, they reported.
"He said Russia has received no clarification on this issue. I think that a response from President Trump that we're fighting whoever pisses us off would cause liberal heads to re-explode. Which might be a good reason for him to say it…"
LMAO. You do have a way with words.
Seemingly timeless designs, the Tu-95 and the B-52.
Re:"took off from Engels airbase"
It gave me a chuckle that it's still named Engels airbase
Only Russians could design a bomber that bad ass looking.
Yes, both designs worked and still work. Though I'd much rather fly in a B-52 than a Bear.
Marx and Engels still have standing, while Lenin and Stalin are (currently) in disfavor.
Struck by all those pics of sov era bombers, as if back from the dead.
They're still part of the Russian order of Battle. The UK no longer has the capacity to do much about them, so why not keep the old stuff around?
The Bears are so loud that submerged subs can hear them.
Or so I've been told…..
Accoustically – yes, that's true.
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