Russia deploys 3 nuclear-capable bombers to Syria

Chris

Administrator
Staff member
Russia deploys 3 nuclear-capable bombers to Syria
Moscow’s Defense Ministry says Tu-22M3 planes will take part in training missions; deployment marks first time since Cold War that Russia has stationed heavy bombers in Mideast
By VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV
25 May 2021

MOSCOW (AP) — The Russian military said Tuesday it has deployed three nuclear-capable long-range bombers to its base in Syria, a move that could strengthen Moscow’s military foothold in the Mediterranean. Russia’s Defense Ministry said that three Tu-22M3 bombers have arrived at the Hemeimeem air base, located in Syria’s coastal province of Latakia and the main hub for Moscow’s operations in the country.

The ministry said bomber crews would fly a series of training missions over the Mediterranean. The Tupolev Tu-22M3, code-named Backfire by NATO, is a supersonic twin-engine long-range bomber which is capable of carrying nuclear weapons and has a range exceeding 5,000 km (3,100 miles). Russia has waged a military campaign in Syria since September 2015, allowing Syrian President Bashar Assad’s government to reclaim control over most of the country following a devastating civil war. The Russian ministry said the runway at Hemeimeem had been extended to host the heavy bombers and a second runway has been modernized.

more.............. https://www.timesofisrael.com/russia-deploys-3-nuclear-capable-bombers-to-syria/
 
Top