Video released by Russian MoD seems to prove that Russia’s combat planes missed their targets in Syria!

Russia has launched its first air strikes in Syria. But they may have missed their targets!

On Sept. 30, the Russian Air Force contingent based at Latakia launched its first air strikes against targets in Syria following the approval from the Russian Duma.

According to the Russian MoD, that has been quite active on Social Media all day, the air strikes targeted 8 ISIS targets in Syria and involved 20 sorties flown by Russian aircraft and hit “military materiel,communication centres, ammunition and fuel depots of IS.”

Now take a look at the following video, that shows some of the targets being attacked by the Russian warplanes.

Although we are unable to ID the weapons used against these targets it looks like that either the targeting pod was aiming somewhere else or the attack missed its target: the first part of the footage (most probably filmed by a drone) shows shrapnels from a bomb possibly exploded south of the target; the second part shows the same target and other shrapnels, but you can also clearly see the blast of a bomb at the bottom of the scene; the third one shows bombs (2 or 3) seemigly missing their target by several meters.

According to some photographs on Twitter, Su-24M2 may have been involved in the first air strikes in the area of Homs. And, as shown by the footage released by the Russian MoD, they probably used unguided bombs….

Image credit: Russian MoD


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  1. It’s a Russian drone that is taking the footage.Here is a video of the same airstrike in the area of the air strikes in al-Latamiah from the ground:
    It looks like it hit pretty well to me

    Here is a example of how a SU-24 targeting system actually looks like(This is from the Syrian Su-24M2 aircraft):

    Also I suggest you do some research on the Russian aircraft and there targeting screens.
    Also that drone operator sucks balls :D.

  2. If we judge the results od 12 months US bombing of Syria, including use of F-22 suposedly very superior weapon, THEY ALL MISSED!
    Where is the result of US precision weapons?
    Isn`t it truth that on Kosovo those “precision” weapons destroyed not more then 13 Yugoslav tanks in action?In 78 days war?
    But US airplanes struck a train full of civilians in Grdelica, Albanian refugies (killing about 100) and center of city of Nish (vegetable stores) and devastated small miners town of Aleksinac.
    Now, either they did it either deliberately (which makes them insane maniacs and war criminals)
    or “precision” weapons are not that precise after all?

      • The US is usually on the wrong side.

        Besides, Washington can’t make war; they can’t make anything.

    • When they bombed the train on the bridge … could have waited 10 seconds – was a passenger train, not a cargo train loaded with tanks.

      • There is no explanation; worst, as far as I am informed, the pilot who killed civilians never got in any trouble about it.
        In my opinion, as Air strikes proved not enough to defeat Yugoslav army (actually, it completely destroyed Albaniam terrorists and cleaned Kosovo, loosing only 13 tanks)
        West was not ready for bloody land invasion. They knew all approaches were full of mine fields etc
        So they turned to strikes on civilian targets deliberately, saying it was”an error”in order to force Milosevic to surrender Kosovo.Which eventually he did.

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