New Video Shows Russian Jets Flying Missions in Syria

A Sukhoi Su-25 fighter jet (RIA Novosti/Lesya Polyakova)A Sukhoi Su-25 fighter jet (RIA Novosti/Lesya Polyakova)

A new broadcast from the Russian television network RT shows some of the military’s more than 50 jets and helicopters now operating in Syria.

The segment, which was posted to YouTube on Oct. 1, gives a glimpse into Russian military’s growing mission in Syria, including the airstrikes it’s launching from an air base in Latakia.The correspondent, Murad Gazdiev, got rare access onto the tarmac and an up-close look at various planes, including a pair of armed Sukhoi Su-25UB Frogfoot attack planes.

The presence of Su-25s in Syria — in addition to Su-34 Fullback advanced strike fighters — set off speculation among defense observers in the U.S. as to whether former were being used to launch strikes or act as forward air controllers.

Gazdiev reported that security was heavy at the base, due to the presence of militants affiliated with the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, or ISIS, just 40 kilometers away.

The Russians have launched more than 20 flights and hit a dozen targets, according to the report.

“Data from air force attacks was analyzed and verification from multiple sources clearly shows that the Russian airstrikes were conducted on objects of terrorist infrastructure belonging to ISIS,” Col. Igor Klimov, a spokesman for the Russian ministry of defense, was quoted as saying.

“Attacks on civilian infrastructure where civilians could be was not in the planning and was not hit,” he added, according to the report.

Defense Secretary Ashton Carter on Wednesday contradicted Moscow’s claims that its first airstrikes in Syria hit ISIS targets and warned that the Russian military buildup risked “pouring gasoline on the fire” of a civil war.

Recently released commercial satellite imagery showed Su-30SM and Su-24 fighter jets (partially covered in nets), Il-76 transport aircraft, Mi-24 Hind helicopters (also partially covered), T-90 tanks and BTR-80 armored personnel carriers at Bassel al-Assad International Airport.

The imagery also showed Mi-17 Hip helicopters and probable Ka-27/28 Helix helicopters, in addition to a fuel storage facility, at the Istamo Weapon Storage Facility.

Check out the RT video below:

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  • Titan

    GO RUSSIA! KICK SOME BUTT!!

  • blight_asdf

    Well that’s interesting..Su-25 ground attack aircraft.

  • john

    I fully support what Russia is doing in Syria, even the killing of US trained terrorists suits me just fine.

    • AAA

      Ruski here^^^^^

  • Ziv

    Unfortunately, videos are coming out of Syria showing Russia using dumb bombs on secular Syrian groups that oppose Assad, not on ISIL. So the flood of emigration will increase and ISIL will continue to dominate a huge portion of Syria. Does Russia even have a real world smart bomb capability? I have heard that the KAB series and the Groms were reasonably accurate, or at least AirPower Australia thinks they are.
    Warisboring thinks otherwise. http://warisboring.com/articles/the-big-thing-the…

  • D Metcalf

    For what it’s worth, RT (Russia Today) is 100% financed by the Russian government and only reports what is approved. Think, Tass and Pravda from the Soviet days. Doesn’t mean what they say is wrong,( but they are the same group that reported that MH17 was shot down by the CIA). When you listen to RT keep an open mind.

    • oblat5

      Just like defensetech then

    • Nate

      Same applies to US media. “The CIA owns everyone of any significance in MAJOR MEDIA” - former CIA Director William Colby

      • Sling

        US media constantly criticize the Presidents of the United States and their policies and they criticize the CIA. RT does not criticize Putin or his policies.

    • duuude

      For what it’s worth, BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation) is 100% financed by the British government and only reports what is approved. Think.

    • Ksikkihkini

      Oh….Kind of like the News stations here and the fact they only report what the Criminal And Chief of this administration tells them.

  • vladimir

    CNN is supposedly private entity, still, they are far from being impartial or objective, whoever pays calls the shots this way or that!

  • luis

    Well is time for USA to kick some Rusian butt!!

  • david

    Russians still dropping unguided bombs. LOL!

    • pete

      As if “smart” one can make difference between a terrorist and his civilian shield(s) while how many times more expensive lol.

      • Sling

        Oh, that’s right you can’t afford precision guided weapons.

    • duker

      The US along with ist coalition has been dropping smart bombs, which had any real effect ? ISIS is rolled back ? Cant that smart after all.

    • Docsenko

      Why waste an expensive bomb when the targets are easy to hit. We waste a lot of money taking out a pair of excavators ISIS had. Or one Toyota Tundra with an MG in the back. We have not really hurt ISIS at all. Russia will. They have only one ROE. Kill the enemies of Syria, kill the enemies of Assad.

    • Stratege

      There are KAB-250 and KAB-500 bombs with the GLONASS(GPS) guidance carried by the modernized Su-24 and Su-34. They looks like a “dumb” bombs, but these bombs are capable to hit targets with pinpoint accuracy.

  • AAK

    Ahh a good old intractable quagmire of the kind the middle east is so good at throwing up and the west so bad at keeping out of.

    Russia is playing the game for it’s own reasons but at least has a bit of realism about it’s approach. Assad is the only secular power in the country. Well ok there might be some minor groups among the several dozen opposition factions but they’re insignificant.

    The US/europe idea that the non-isis islamists are somehow viable allies is ridiculous. Even in a fairy tale world where Anti Assad but non-Isis groups all come together & form a coalition to rule Syria, they ain’t our friends (and this will never happen anyway). The west has painted itself in to a corner backing random groups who happen to be fighting Isis. It is complete fantasy to aim for a magical coalition of anyone not Assad and not isis to eventually run the place yet that is what the US just reafirmed at the UN that it’s going for.

  • reader

    So lets get this straight. Russian reasonably up to date air force is kind of sharing the airspace with US and NATO ? I am sure there is no radar signature recordings or awacs surveillance of ‘friendlies’ going on

  • Jack

    It is a matter of time before some Russians are captured by IS, paraded and beheaded that will be the time when people will know the strength of Russia’s resolve.

  • bart ninja

    by that time members of ISIS will either be dead or have fled the country. This is not some pretend air campaign like obamas.

  • chuckiechan

    I have to hand it to the Russians, they rise to the level of brutality that the middle east understands.

    The real question is “What’s in it for Russia to preserve Iran’s power in the middle east, other than to make the Caliphate a puppet state of Russia and Iran?

    I can’t see that working out.

  • Vitor

    Isis is a child of the CIA, so USAF was lazily bombing them. Russia is going hardcore, the Su-34 is a thing of beauty.

  • d. kellogg

    I don’t care who says what about it: that Fullback is a beautiful aircraft.

  • ohwilleke

    The headline to this post seems to imply that this was some big secret. Yet, it was done openly and with some notice to local U.S. forces (not that they were happy about it or anything, apparently those planes killed some of the few U.S. trained Syrian insurgents).

  • Bob Jester

    It appears the Russians are trying to hide their more advanced interceptors just waiting for the opportunity to test them against our obsolete fighters.

  • d. kellogg

    Back in the day (late 1960s early 1970s), the A-X program that gave us the A-10 also created Northrop’s entry in that program, the A-9. The Russian Su-25 family (NATO “Frogfoot” name is so unflattering) originally looks like it could’ve borrowed much from the A-9 design in general layout. Maturation of the Su-25 has created a very different aircraft in the final designs being built. Something, sadly, the A-10 never received (airframe and engine improvements) over the years.

  • tony salinas

    RT????? Better call it PutinT