Watch Russian Air Force Su-34s drop bombs on a huge ice-jam during unusual air strike in Russia

Apr 20 2016 - 9 Comments

Attack aircraft used for a very unusual mission.

After taking part in the air war over Syria, Russian Air Force Su-34s have been involved in a domestic and rather unusual attack mission in mainland Russia.

In fact, on Apr. 18, two Fullbacks were deployed to drop bombs on thick ice that created a natural dam along the Sukhona River, in the Vologda region, putting over 4,500 people in danger.

According to RT, two Su-34 jets took off from the Voronezh region in southwestern Russian and dropped precision-guided explosives onto the frozen parts of the river in order to allow natural water flow to resume.

The warplanes were ordered to deploy explosives “every hour,” said the head of the Russian Emergencies Ministry, Vladimir Puchkov.

H/T Emiliano Guerra for the heads-up. Image credit: RuAF MoD

 

  • FlyingBarrister

    Some residents of Alaska have realistically needed such a thing from the USAF to relieve flooding from ice jams, but I don’t believe it’s ever happened.

    • Lawrence D. Wood

      Yeah, on the Yukon several times.
      Quite awhile back–60s and 70s.

  • InklingBooks

    Watching these videos, an interesting thought came to me. In the natural world, prey animals tend to have eyes near the side of their head to better watch in many directions for attack, while predators have eyes that look forward to use in pursuit.

    Military aircraft seem to follow a different rule. The equivalent of a predator, a fighter, tends to have all-around vision, while its prey, the bomber, can often only see forward and somewhat to the sides. The distinction may be because a fighter that is a predator of bombers is also the prey of other fighters.

  • USAisROME

    hmmmm,,, so 34s are dropping some 500kg dumb bombs on a huge ice floe expecting to break it up? great PR but not very effective

  • Alexey

    It is not really unusual thing. They do it every year in different part of Russia (depends on ice situation), this year they just decided to make more PR using su-34.
    Sometimes artillery or shotfirers (when it is possible to go to the ice) also are used.

  • zoob

    It is not really unusual thing. They do it every year in different part of Russia (depends on ice situation), this year they just decided to make more PR using su-34.
    Sometimes artillery or some shotfirers (when it is possible to go to the ice) also are used.

  • persiflo

    This has been done repeatedly in China, and apparently it works. Here is video from 2014: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zd-ReNFevnI

  • USAisROME

    i just know what the 500kgs look like and the so called precision guiding of them they were claiming in Syria from 30k ft is complete vaporware, there is no way to judge all the cross winds through all those flight levels and have a reasonable CEP… that they even boasted it is up there with photoshopped Iranian missile launches

  • Lawrence D. Wood

    Same for Alaska, although it has been over 10 years since any river ice jam has been bombed here.