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Russian Tu-22 long-range bombers strike ISIS targets near Al Bukamal, Syria

Tupolev Tu-22M3 aircraft deployed for fourth time in four days

Russian Tupolev Tu-22 M3 long-range bombers struck Islamic State targets near Al Bukamal, Syria on Saturday, November 4, the ministry of defense said, the fourth time in four days that the aircraft have struck targets in Deir Ezzor province.

The aircraft flight path took them from Russia over Iran and Iraq to Syria, where they targeted ISIS command posts and ammunition stores.

“The objective control confirms the destruction of all the designated facilities. After fulfilling the combat mission, all Russian aircraft returned to the airfields of the basing,” the ministry said.

Tupolev Tu-22M3 bomber
Russian Tupolev Tu-22M3 long-range bomber, July 2015. Image: Dmitry Terekhov/flickr/CC BY-SA 2.0

Russia has been using long-range weapon systems against ISIS in Deir Ezzor province for five days. On October 31, Kalibr cruise missiles were launched from the submarine Veliky Novgorod. On November 1 and 2, six Tu-22M3 struck ISIS targets in the province, and on November 3, six Tu-22M3 conducted strikes and missiles were launched from the submarine Kolpino.

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