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Russian Tu-22M3 began flights over the Mediterranean Sea

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Russian long-range bombers Tu-22M3, deployed to the Khmeimim airbase in Syria, began flights over the Mediterranean Sea. This was reported by the press service of the Ministry of Defense.


According to the report, the Tu-22M3 made its first flights over the Mediterranean Sea. It is emphasized that the crews of the bombers have begun to conquer the airspace in the sea zone of this region in order to carry out missions in new geographic areas. The Ministry of Defense did not provide other details of the flights.

Three long-range Tu-22M3 bombers were deployed to Syria on Monday. According to the Ministry of Defense, this became possible after the reconstruction of the second runway of the air base. At present, Khmeimim can receive all types of aircraft, including heavy ones.


The temporary deployment of bombers in Syria has raised great concern in the West. In the Western press, various assumptions have been put forward about the tasks of the Tu-22M3 transferred to the Khmeimim airbase. This includes the possibility of striking terrorists, practicing the possibility of striking the Middle East and North Africa, and even tracking NATO aircraft carriers in the Mediterranean.

The Ministry of Defense does not comment on the fabrications of the Western media in any way, limiting itself to a statement that after completing the assigned tasks, the bombers will return to their places of deployment.

One question remains open - is it a one-time action or the Ministry of Defense will continue the transfer of Tu-22M3 to Syria to study the Mediterranean Sea region, not limiting itself to three aircraft.
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  1. Victor_B
    Victor_B 26 May 2021 09: 00
    +9
    Russian Tu-22M3 began flights over the Mediterranean Sea
    And sho?
    Should this offend someone?
    Like - naglich people with mattresses can fly over him, but we can not?
    Forward dear ones, let's build! On a walking erotic journey!
    1. Vladimir_2U
      Vladimir_2U 26 May 2021 09: 06
      +13
      Quote: Victor_B
      Like - naglich people with mattresses can fly over him, but we can not?

      "You don't understand, this is different!"
      J. Psaki. laughing
      1. mojohed2012
        mojohed2012 26 May 2021 09: 12
        -3
        Flying bombers without fighter cover was always annoying. Yes, it is permissible in peacetime, but the world can turn into war in an instant, therefore, in order not to lose the bombers that are advanced in positioning at this moment, it is imperative to give them cover for most of the route in the international sky.
        1. Vladimir_2U
          Vladimir_2U 26 May 2021 09: 19
          +3
          Quote: mojohed2012
          Bomber flights without fighter cover were always annoying

          And what to do, here it is often not even a matter of flight range, but of the pilot's endurance.
          1. mojohed2012
            mojohed2012 26 May 2021 09: 26
            -3
            This is understandable, but NATO and the United States have overwhelmingly more combat aviation and UAVs, and we cannot lose precious bombers until we deliver unacceptable retaliatory strikes against the enemies. It would be ideal not to send them to foreign shores without cover, but to fly nearby with cover, especially since missiles with nuclear warheads can be launched from our airspace at Fashington and other decision-making centers!
      2. smart ass
        smart ass 27 May 2021 09: 12
        0
        Good to scare 6 partners fleet !!!
    2. Revolver
      Revolver 26 May 2021 09: 15
      -28%
      You better restrain the Syrian missilemen, or even put them in straitjackets. And then they can shoot down Tushki, as they shot down the Il-20, they still have some S-200 missiles left.
    3. figwam
      figwam 26 May 2021 09: 15
      -4
      They will learn to use new missiles.
      1. svd-xnumx
        svd-xnumx 26 May 2021 16: 01
        0
        Some kind of product not small in size can be seen hanging under the left wing in the video.
        1. Bad_gr
          Bad_gr 26 May 2021 18: 24
          0
          Quote: svd-xnumx
          Some kind of product is not small in size in the video suspended under the left wing
          By the way, the Tu-22m3 has the largest bomb bay among all our bombers. The Tu-160 has a large bomb load, but it has 2 bomb compartments, and each of them is smaller than one of the Tu-22. The Tu-95 has one bomb compartment, which is larger than the one of the Tu-160, but smaller than the Tu-160. So, the Tu-22m3 carries the largest ammunition in our corps.
          1. alexmach
            alexmach 26 May 2021 21: 46
            0
            Well, of course .. Is that why the Tu-100 X-160 series missiles are in bomb bays and the Tu-95 on an external sling?
            And that is why they are creating a smaller version of the X-50 for the Tu-22 and Tu-95?

            PS: and ... or does the Tu-160 have a longer compartment and a smaller volume?
            1. Bad_gr
              Bad_gr 26 May 2021 22: 33
              +1
              Quote: alexmach
              Or does the Tu-160 have a longer compartment and a smaller volume?
    4. smart ass
      smart ass 26 May 2021 09: 16
      +2
      The states have air defense in Europe against Iran, we have that 22 against Iran! It all fits
      1. Vladimir_2U
        Vladimir_2U 26 May 2021 10: 52
        +6
        Quote: Clever man
        The states have air defense in Europe against Iran, we have that 22 against Iran! It all fits

        What's that, Iran somehow opened its airspace for overflights of our aviation, against Iran! laughing
        1. smart ass
          smart ass 26 May 2021 12: 04
          +1
          Multi-way
    5. RealPilot
      RealPilot 26 May 2021 09: 59
      +2
      If our military leadership made such a decision on the deployment of bombers, it was dictated by the circumstances.
      And the call of the AUG UK, and other moments. There was also an intensification of ISIS in Syria and other bandits in Idlib. Well, in general, the development of various scenarios, education and training of crews.

      There is something to bomb and someone to threaten.
      But I mean that we do not know much about the real situation at the front ... Therefore, the situation has clearly become more serious, since additional forces are being pulled together.
    6. VO3A
      VO3A 26 May 2021 10: 04
      -12%
      Russian long-range bombers Tu-22M3, deployed to the Khmeimim airbase in Syria, began flights over the Mediterranean Sea. This was reported by the press service of the Ministry of Defense.

      Like in that joke:
      - What all ?
      - Yes, all THREE!
      One question remains open - is it a one-time action or the Ministry of Defense will continue the transfer of Tu-22M3 to Syria to study the Mediterranean Sea region, not limiting itself to three aircraft.

      DO NOT REMAIN! This is a one-time action .... and more for PR and complacency ... There must be an AWACS aircraft hanging there and not on the IL-76 base! Maybe in 15-20 years ... Better to use the Su-34 with outboard tanks and a container for reconnaissance! Why is the Tu-22M3 needed there, rather it is not needed there, to the point of it, as with KAZLA of milk ...
      1. Bad_gr
        Bad_gr 26 May 2021 13: 10
        0
        Quote: VO3A
        Why is the Tu-22M3 needed there, rather, it is not needed there, to the point of it, as with KAZLA of milk ...
        Yes of course ...
        The temporary deployment of bombers in Syria has raised great concern in the West ...

        It is one thing when an airplane of the Su-27 type (together with 23 tons of weapons) flies next to a warship, like friends, while an airplane with anti-ship missiles weighing 112 tons is another. I think the impressions will be different. And the planning of further actions is the same.
  2. The popuas
    The popuas 26 May 2021 09: 06
    +1
    Hmm ... this is not a Drying over a cookie for you wink
    1. aszzz888
      aszzz888 26 May 2021 09: 27
      -1

      Popuas (Maxim)
      Today, 09: 06
      NEW
      0
      Hmm ... this is not a Drying over a cookie for you wink
      It was enough for Cook and Su-shki to make Vsra ... get scared, and then part of the crew dumped ashore. wink
    2. VO3A
      VO3A 26 May 2021 10: 06
      -12%
      Yes, not Drying, it eats ten times more kerosene when patrolling ...
    3. VO3A
      VO3A 26 May 2021 10: 30
      -12%
      It is high time to make a reconnaissance aircraft based on the Su-34, with engines from the Su-35, with additional comfortable tanks and reconnaissance equipment - the Su-34MR ... Pilots in such an airplane can fly for 6-8 hours, rest if necessary and have a snack, and not sit on a "wooden ass", as on the old Tu-22m3 and Su-24MR ... Su-34 is a dream for scouts ...
      And the video would be better not shown, otherwise the enemies would burst with laughter, navigator with a paper map ... We wanted the best, but it turned out, as always! And it's better not to ask about the digital channel of information exchange in real time ... Here's a hilarious, thanks for the HUMOR !!! NOT FUNNY !
    4. kventinasd
      kventinasd 26 May 2021 12: 19
      -3
      Quote: Popuas
      Hmm ... this is not a Drying over a cookie for you

      What's the use of these Carcasses in Mediterranean? Even against one AUG, there should be at least two or three squadrons of Tu-22, and not 3 aircraft. And taking into account the number of NATO airbases around, this is a useless window dressing, well, unless you threaten the barmaley a little.
  3. Mouse
    Mouse 26 May 2021 09: 09
    +4
    Beautifully fly !!! good
  4. mark1
    mark1 26 May 2021 09: 11
    +1
    Tu-22M3 in the Mediterranean Sea is good. Better an air regiment, but where can I get them for all the Wishlist.
    1. aleks neym_2
      aleks neym_2 26 May 2021 09: 18
      -1
      When will they fly over the Caribbean? At least a little nerves will tickle ...
    2. mojohed2012
      mojohed2012 26 May 2021 09: 27
      0
      In Syria, Iskander would have been enough. But the strategic air force will not interfere there from time to time. USA P-52s fly in Norway.
  5. Oleg Aviator
    Oleg Aviator 26 May 2021 09: 14
    -1
    I think it's not worth returning to the place of permanent deployment. It will be easier to calm down the partners who are too hungry.
  6. tralflot1832
    tralflot1832 26 May 2021 09: 21
    0
    Lizka goes to Mediterranean, and she is equipped with an F35 air wing and the pilots already have experience in flying, it is better to miss it than to miss it. good
    1. KCA
      KCA 26 May 2021 09: 50
      0
      Who should watch? Lizka? Yes, the X-22 is not a joke, but the X-32 with a range of 1000 km is generally PPC pelvis with a couple of hits
      1. tralflot1832
        tralflot1832 26 May 2021 10: 30
        -4
        I do not mind, maybe all the same, first let ours chat with them, and we need to find them first, Mediterranean is a puddle, but big. drinks
        1. KCA
          KCA 26 May 2021 19: 57
          0
          "Varshavyanka" somehow find and even cling to the bottom
          1. tralflot1832
            tralflot1832 26 May 2021 20: 18
            -1
            Lizka will turn on the full speed, and they know how to do it and that's all, Varshavyanka flew off the tail. Unfortunately, the British are skilled sailors.
            1. KCA
              KCA 27 May 2021 04: 49
              0
              They are no longer sailors and they have no fleet, it seems, it was not about escorting the AUG, but about detection, right? And according to the detected target, the TU-22M3 will duplicate the Kh-32 with external target designation by 1000 km straight from Khmeimim, cut a couple of circles for gaining altitude and speed, and that's it, goodbye earth, goodbye, rockets went
  7. aszzz888
    aszzz888 26 May 2021 09: 25
    +3
    and even tracking NATO aircraft carriers in the Mediterranean.
    Why not? Not all the Merikatos are to greyhound in the Black Sea! angry
  8. rotmistr60
    rotmistr60 26 May 2021 09: 29
    +2
    caused great concern in the West
    They were surprised. They are worried about the march of a motorized rifle platoon 200 km from the Ukrainian border, and then there are Russian bombers in the Mediterranean, which is crammed with NATO ships.
  9. prior
    prior 26 May 2021 09: 37
    -1
    In the backyard of Europe, it burns ...
    It is not only in the Black Sea that NATO members are getting tense. lol
  10. sagitovich
    sagitovich 26 May 2021 09: 45
    0
    Now we are waiting for flights Tu-95, Tu-160, over the Mediterranean Sea.
  11. Well done
    Well done 26 May 2021 10: 12
    +1
    Have you noticed a bird on the runway? What's under the wing?
    1. alexmach
      alexmach 26 May 2021 21: 56
      0
      Have you noticed a bird on the runway?

      I hope I thought of dumping
      What's under the wing?

      Museum exhibit numbered X-22
      1. Well done
        Well done 26 May 2021 22: 31
        0
        Yes, the museum. From the 60s. But in those years they knew how to do, the characteristics speak for themselves. hi
      2. Crabong
        Crabong 27 May 2021 09: 25
        +2
        And the host itself is a bit old ...
  12. Conjurer
    Conjurer 26 May 2021 10: 42
    +1
    The main thing here is not military necessity, but politics. Our planes fly to the Atlantic, fly over the Pacific Ocean and the Sea of ​​Japan, and now they will also fly over the Mediterranean. It's just that the "partners" need to be shown from time to time what they will get in case of anything, just so that the head off from permissiveness does not blow away (that is, it is purely medical assistance).
    1. Xnumx vis
      Xnumx vis 26 May 2021 12: 27
      0
      Quote: Conjurer
      (that is, this is purely medical care).

      Departments of Traumatology laughing
  13. Stepan S
    Stepan S 26 May 2021 10: 50
    +2
    One question remains open - is it a one-time action or the Ministry of Defense will continue the transfer of Tu-22M3 to Syria to study the Mediterranean Sea region, not limiting itself to three aircraft.

    Why then lengthen the runway and modernize the airbase? Now Tu-22M3 and long-range bombers will also be regularly visiting there. Pilots need to master and not forget this region.
    1. Paranoid50
      Paranoid50 26 May 2021 18: 46
      +2
      Quote: Stepan S
      Pilots need to master and not forget this region.
      Duc, so it will be. The flight crew will be driven to the maximum through the potential theater of operations, since now there is a chic airfield for jumping and basing.
    2. alexmach
      alexmach 26 May 2021 21: 57
      0
      Why then extended the runway and modernized the airbase

      Well .. to receive, for example, heavy transport aircraft of the same Ruslans? There they are much more needed.
  14. tralflot1832
    tralflot1832 26 May 2021 14: 58
    0
    Maybe someone can explain what is hanging under the left wing of the TU 22M3, why only one thing, that this implies, the maximum range? And that with the DLRO based on the IL 76 was in the background, something new, a plate on two racks.
    1. alexmach
      alexmach 26 May 2021 22: 01
      +1
      Can someone explain what is hanging under the left wing of the TU 22M3

      Yes, my own X-22, judging by its appearance. And what else can hang there?
      why one

      Because it is liquid-fuel, it is nasty in operation, it consumes a resource with each refueling, and there are probably few of them in a combat-ready state.
      what does this imply

      What will the ships face on this departure? Purely conditionally, one outdated missile.
  15. Guru
    Guru 26 May 2021 15: 53
    0
    After the first minute on the video - And what is it under his wing, who knows?
    1. alexmach
      alexmach 26 May 2021 22: 01
      -1
      That is the only thing that has always been suspended under this wing, except for freely falling bombs by itself.
  16. jovanni
    jovanni 26 May 2021 16: 59
    0
    ... It is emphasized that the crews of the bombers have begun to conquer the airspace in the sea zone of this region in order to carry out missions in new geographic areas
    But for example, the Caribbean Sea is also an interesting region. Well, in terms of mastering ...
  17. Al_lexx
    Al_lexx 26 May 2021 17: 32
    +1
    A useful rotation for the accumulation of practical experience, which will almost certainly be in demand sooner or later. It is strange that it took so long to do this. Apparently this is due to the readiness of the base to receive such aircraft.
  18. isv000
    isv000 26 May 2021 22: 58
    0
    That's why the pike is in the pond, so that the crucian does not doze ... yes
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  20. Petrik66
    Petrik66 27 May 2021 09: 40
    -1
    The trolls went on the offensive. Everything is not so, the plane is not the same, there are only three of them (VO3A did not say how many to drive), the AWACS planes are not the same and in general they will not be made before 20 years, the pilot has nothing to rest on during the flight. The pilots fly on paper maps and, in general, the Syrians (Nagan) kill them all - everything is bad, one thing pleases that the specialists are dealing with the issue. I hope that the VKS headquarters will read everything and, with their tail between their legs, will quickly remove the airplanes away from the eyes of advanced amnricos and the British. Thank you.