Russian Air Force Su-34s and Su-24s night operations at Latakia airbase.
Released by the Russian MoD, the pictures in this post show Sukhoi Su-24 Fencer and Su-34 Fullback attack planes taking off from Latakia airbase, in western Syria, for night air strikes.
The visual effect created by the flames of the afterburner makes these shots quite impressive.
According to the latest figures made available by Moscow, the Russians have carried out 934 combat sorties and destroyed 819 terrorists’ facilities since the RuAF contingent has launched the first air strikes in Syria (with results and targets still debated).
Image credit: Russia’s MoD via Creative Commons
per aspera ad astra – hope syria will be ISIS-free by xmas – wonderful pictures
Anyone able to give a description of the munitions represented?
I suspected them to be unguided. So they’re undertaking air strikes at night with dumb bombs? Do they care if they hit the target at all?
The Su-25 is unarmed: only fuel tanks and presumably the internal cannon. It may be coming back from a mission or tasked with a recon flight… The Su-34 has a number of FAB-500 unguided bombs. The Su-24 has some FAB-100 and FAB-250 unguided bombs.
That’s ironic given that Russia is led by an ex-communist.
what legality have US/NATO in syrian airspace?
An agreement with Assad. What more legality do you need? Last I checked he’s still running the show.