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    A Tupolev Tu-22M3 long-range strategic and maritime strike bomber of the Russian Aerospace Forces during a combat flight to strike the Islamic State infrastructure facilities in Syria by OFAB-25-270 fragmentation high explosive bombs

    'ISIL Killer': Russia's Tu-22M3 to Wipe Out Terrorist Targets in Syria

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    The Tupolev Tu-95 (Bear) and Tupolev Tu-160 (Blackjack) strategic bombers might have grabbed the headlines following Russia's massive airstrikes against ISIL in Syria, but it is actually the supersonic Tu-22M3 (Backfire C) that has been largely doing the work.

    Just look at the numbers. On November 17, airstrike operations were conducted by 24 Tu-22M3s, as well as five Tu-160 and Tu-95MS.

    Cruise missiles hit ISIS targets in Syria
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    Cruise missiles hit ISIS targets in Syria

    A squadron of the Tu-22M3 bombers, according to the Russian Ministry of Defense, targeted six facilities in the provinces of Raqqa and Deir ez-Zor destroying ISIL headquarters, ammunition depots, a plant where militants were making explosive devices, as well as well as a command center and three oil production sites.

    The supersonic, variable-sweep wing Tu-22M3 is a long-range strategic and maritime strike bomber. The aircraft is the latest modification of the Backfire family in service with the Russian Armed Forces since 1989.

    The bomb-door of the Tu-22 M3 missile-carrying bomber, the Russian aerospace forces, on its operational mission to deliver air strikes at ISIS targets in Syria
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    The bomb-door of the Tu-22 M3 missile-carrying bomber, the Russian aerospace forces, on its operational mission to deliver air strikes at ISIS targets in Syria

    "When the Backfire was introduced into service, it caused a lot of concern within the US Navy because it is designed to carry a massive load of long-range anti-ship cruise missiles. The jet is fast – it has a top speed of Mach 1.88 and will easily sustain Mach 1.6 for extended periods – and carries 53,000lbs of weapons. Typically, that meant the Tu-22M3 could be carrying ten Raduga Kh-15 anti-ship missiles or three massive Raduga Kh-22 missiles – both of which can hit speeds of around Mach 5.0," Defense analyst Dave Majumdar wrote for the National Interest.

    The Tu-22M3 strategic bomber, designed by the Tupolev aerospace and defense company, is expected to be replaced by Russia's stealthy fifth generation long-range bomber, dubbed the PAK DA, and the newest modification of the Tu-160.

    "But that might not be the end of the road for the Backfire. There have been persistent rumors that China wants to buy the aircraft as part of its anti-access/area denial strategy," the analyst observed.

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    • avatar
      Zhukov
      Russia is saving Syria from the NATO led mercenaries and arsonists. Hopefully, the entire country will be saved, but time will tell. A regional war might be around the corner.
    • avatar
      armor
      I think of that famous phrase from Pres. Putin recently, at the UN G.A. :
      " Do you realize what you have done....? " looking at the US/nato/pentagon/EU also, I suppose.
      May they reflect, may their consciences tick their psyches. May they come back to sanity, and may they stop imposing their views and money on others, may others be strong and firm and keep telling the Truth concerning this hegemonic power which will have now to be checked. Sanity will prevail. Russia in her magnanimity will allow some face saving, but the others will have to learn a little about the virtue of humility, and respect Russia at all times. Key word: respect to a most honourable country, with culture, History, an old language, customs, and traditions, and a Faith as well much older than many of the hegemonists.
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      innocappuccinno
      internationalism is NOT globalism, is NOT a one nation world! internationalism is cooperation of many strong and stable nations, in dignity
    • Syden A D
      Pursue those terrorists wherever they might hidding , there isn't any place for "human-animals""
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