Russia first ever deployed Tu-22M3 strategic bombers in Syria.
Only three missile carriers the day before, for the first time in history, landed at the Khmeimim air base.
“Long-range bomber crews will acquire practical skills to practice training tasks in new geographic areas during flights in airspace over the Mediterranean Sea,” the Defense Ministry said in a statement.
Under these formulations, there is an unpleasant surprise for foreign “partners” whose ships are in the Mediterranean.
According to the army, after reconstruction, Khmeimim base is capable of receiving all types of aircraft in service with the RF Armed Forces.
The Tupolev Tu-22M is a long-range, variable-sweep wing, supersonic maritime and strategic attack bomber, developed by the Tupolev Design Bureau in the 1960s.
- Maximum speed: 2,300 km / h
- Range: 5,100 km
- Length: 40 m
- Weight: 54,000 kilograms
- Engine type: Turbojet
- Manufacturer: Tupolev