Here’s the first video of the Russian combat planes leaving Syria

The first group of Russian aircraft redeploying to Russia after Syria air war has left ‪‎Hmeymim‬ airbase.

On Mar. 15, the Russian Defence Minister General of the Army Sergei ‪‎Shoigu‬ ordered to redeploy a large part of the the Russian Aerspace Forces contingent deployed to Syria to fight terrorists.

The redeploy order saw technical staff at Hmeymim airbase, near Latakia, started preparing aircraft for the long-range flight to airfields located in mainland Russia: the aircraft, first of all Su-34multidimensional bombers” (this is definition used by the Russia’s MoD) based on the footage released so far, are returning home with long-range flight (more than 5,000 km), inflight refueling and intermediate flight stops at the Russian Federation airfields.

The redeployment is supported by a Tu-154 or an Il-76, acting as “leader” of the formation made by the transport plane and the Russian warplanes transporting engineering and technical personnel, and logistics items.

The formation follows the assigned route over Iraq, Iran and the Caspian Sea, until it reaches the border of the Russian Federation where all the aircraft split the formation to reach their destinations independently.

According to the Russian MoD the first group of Su-34 bombers earlier today has already arrived at the military airfield of the Western military district in the #Voronezh region; before landing, the aircraft performed a celebratory fly over at low altitudes over the military airfield.


About David Cenciotti
David Cenciotti is a journalist based in Rome, Italy. He is the Founder and Editor of “The Aviationist”, one of the world’s most famous and read military aviation blogs. Since 1996, he has written for major worldwide magazines, including Air Forces Monthly, Combat Aircraft, and many others, covering aviation, defense, war, industry, intelligence, crime and cyberwar. He has reported from the U.S., Europe, Australia and Syria, and flown several combat planes with different air forces. He is a former 2nd Lt. of the Italian Air Force, a private pilot and a graduate in Computer Engineering. He has written five books and contributed to many more ones.


  1. “Multidimensional Bomber”
    They haven’t mastered stealth technology, but who needs stealth when you can fight in the 4th Dimension! ;P

    • Job well done my arse, minimal gains by Assad, and not one rebel group defeated on the battlefield to military ineffectiveness. The Saudi’s just supplied them with more arms, and the Russian bombing drove more volunteers into the hands of the rebels and gave reason for more aid to come in from individuals overseas. A very poorly thought out campaign.

  2. I said it before, I’ll say it again. The Russians are no better than the Americans at extracting political outcome with military force in the middle east than the Americans. I’ll give the Russians this, they left when the leaving was meerly mildly distasteful. Hats off to them for getting out early.

    • they got what they wanted, and left before getting stuck, unlike the West which stayed in Afghanistan for over a decade and made a mess of everything.

Comments are closed.