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    Experts across the world seem to be impressed by the latest addition to Russia's war arsenal – the Kh-101 cruise missile, which has been spotted in footage released by the Russian Ministry of Defense earlier this week.

    The agency has not officially confirmed that the missile was actually launched to hit targets in Syria but the two strategic bombers (the Tupolev Tu-95 Bear and the Tupolev Tu-160 Blackjack) also seen in the video were outfitted with the Kh-101.

    Russia's long-range bombers, as well as the newest cruise missile made their combat debut on November 17, marking a new phase of the counterterrorism operation in Syria. Moscow has decided to step up its anti-ISIL efforts following the downing of the Russian passenger jet in Egypt. The brutal group took responsibility for the attack, which claimed the lives of all 224 people on board.

    The Popular Mechanics praised the Kh-101 for its range, calling it the missile's "truly astounding feature."

    The Kh-101, outfitted with a conventional payload, is rumored to have a range of up to 6,000 miles and is capable of travelling at a maximum speed of 270 m/s. Its accuracy is reported to be around five to six meters, making the missiles up to three times more accurate than its predecessors.

    "The choice of the Kh-101 is an odd one. The Kremlin could have attacked undefended Islamic State targets equally well with older, obsolete missiles. Using the latest, most expensive cruise missiles seems like a waste – unless the real intent of the missile bombardment was to show off the Bear's newest claws," the media outlet assumed, apparently referring to the Tupolev Tu-95.

    In early October, Russia made headlines when the Caspian Fleet launched 26 Kalibr-class cruise missiles against ISIL targets locate over 930 miles away.

    "The introduction of Russian long-range aviation, employing an entirely different family of missiles, is a combination of official retribution, publicity, and capability testing," analyst Michael Kofman noted in an article for the War on the Rocks website.

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      Well ofcourse , russia has been using mainly dumb unguided bombs simply because they are cheap and get the job done . However this is a perfect opportunity to test their newest weapons in real combat situation as well as showing off its technology to the beligerent nato
    • Syden A D
      Let Russia do all it can not to face a defeat
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      Let us think for a moment of those who lost so much in that (largely US) sponsored war of destruction of Syria: the innocent people in well-established towns and villages for centuries and centuries if not 2000 years, when St Paul the Great went to Damascus...The US/nato/EU make me sick now that I realize the magnitude of that situation. The rebuilding of these buildings which have been razed, historical monuments....destroyed , o.k. by the terror organization. US :please, on your knees and ask a public pardon to the world which will give It to you, no doubt. Then you can start afresh, concentrate of N.A. save money, and drop any idea of hegemony. It's over now, you've done good in the past, you were admired, loved even, but you lost everything by your greed and power-hunger, and lately, you have also abandoned God Almighty with all your sickening laws. The hour is grave, US. May you have the courage to have some humility....
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      While US and NATO excercis invading Russia by ground and Combat planes Russia shows it can retaliate or attack from moderland or sea.

      US believes a AMB preemptive strike against Russia with "US Defence Shield" (since we long time ago stopped believing in the fairytales such as Iranian threat) will only threat Europe in a Russian retaliation, this is a clear signal that Russia can retaliate almost anywhere at the globe with systems where todays US defence shield never can compromise.

      Russia can not protect herself from a US attack but this shows a realistic retaliation if so and that might be the best defence Russia has.
    • Mikhas
      There is only one language the United States of AIPAC really understand, and Russia speaks it fluently.

      There has been some serious "talking" lately and sending long range bombers on a 10.000 mile voyage to Syria, from the Kola peninsula beside Norway, UK, Gibraltar strait to Syria and back home over Iraq and Iran, to drop a few state-of-the art-hell raisers is not cost efficient but it speaks volumes and haave a quite shilling effect on its intended target.
    • Panagiotis Brd
      A very well made and tuned tool for that job . What I wonder though is if I can use it as goods dispenser/dropper . What if I could fill it with useful stuff and fly it , because I want to fly this craft , over places with populations that have necessities and are missing basic or less basic stuff .
      It has a long range . :)
    • Great time for Russia to test their new weapons and systems. Some thing the American do routinely in other peoples countries to those living there disadvantage
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