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October 4, 2018

Russian bombers strike ISIS targets in Syria using new airborne cruise missiles

Two Russian-made Tu-95 strategic bombers conducted a strike mission on high-priority ISIS ground assets in Syria earlier today, using state-of-the-art airborne weaponry to destroy their targets.

The bombing mission hit three large ammunition stockpiles and a command center linked to ISIS operations and sited near the Syrian border, on the Hama and Homs provinces. All targets were completely destroyed.

The Tu-95 departed from Engels airbase, near the Russian city of Saratov, and were re-fueled en route to their objectives. Two Su-30 fighter jets provided escort and support duties during the mission.

The ordnance dropped in the attack, the Kh-101 weapon, is a new type of airborne cruise missile with an operational range of up to 4,500km. ISIS targets were hit from a stand-off distance of about 1,500km. Kh-101 weapons were first deployed by Russia assets in 2015, during operations conducted in the Syrian war.

Russian authorities reported that all aircraft returned to base without incident.

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