Video: Russian Su-30SM fighters escort Tu-160 bombers launching cruise missiles from the Mediterranean Sea

Nov 20 2015 - 1 Comment

Fantastic footage of the Russian Su-30SMs escorting the Tu-160s over the Mediterranean Sea.

Between Nov. 19 and 20, two Russian Tu-160 Blackjack bombers launched from northwest Russia for a 13,000km journey around Europe, to launch cruise missiles against ground targets in Syria.

During the mission, the aircraft were identified and escorted off UK by RAF Eurofighter Typhoons; however, the British interceptors in QRA (Quick Reaction Alert) were not the only aircraft they met during their long mission: over the Mediterranean Sea they were intercepted and escorted by at least three Su-30SM Flankers launched from Latakia.

And here’s a really interesting footage showing the rendez-vous between the bombers and their escorts and the subsequent launch of cruise missiles (that seem to be KH-555s).

  • Donald Neel

    Footage we don’t see to often. Fantastic! Thank-you, please show more. More people will access this type of story if it’s more prevalent and not so hard to locate.