Russian Tu-22M3 long-range bombers launch air strike against ISIS in Syria
The Russian Aerospace Forces' Tu-22M3 long-range bombers have successfully launched air strikes against ISIS in the Deir ez-Zor province, Syria.
On 24 January, six Tu-22M3 bombers launched an airstrike on an ISIS facility claimed to be producing munitions and explosives in the area of Salhiyah.
The forces also attacked storages with ammunition and weapons, as well as concentration areas of military hardware.
Prior to the latest strike, the bombers also attacked control centres, ammunition and weaponry storages of ISIS terrorists on 23 January.
According to the objective monitoring data, all assigned targets have been hit.
All Russian aircraft took off from an airfield located in the territory of the Russian Federation, came back to the airbases after performing assigned combat tasks.
The Su-30SM and Su-35S fighters covered the bombers that flew over territories of Iraq and Iran, the Russian Ministry of Defence stated.
Russian aerospace and defence company Tupolev has built Tu-22M bomber for the Soviet Air Force.
The long-range strategic and maritime strike bomber is currently in service with the Russian Air Force and Russian Naval Aviation.
The aircraft has been designed to conduct nuclear strike and conventional attack operations. It can also be deployed in anti-ship and maritime reconnaissance missions.
The Tupolev Tu-22M features a stepped cockpit and variable-geometry outer wing panels and its tail fin is swept-back and tapered with a square tip.
The flats mounted on the centre of body are pointed with blunt tips and each wing includes a centre section and two outer panels. The outer wings are attached to the centre section through hinged joints.
Image: Tu-22M3 long-range bombers carry out airstrikes against ISIS in Syria. Photo: courtesy of the Russian Federation Defence Ministry.