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
This has been done repeatedly in China, and apparently it works. Here is video from 2014: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zd-ReNFevnI
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
Same for Alaska, although it has been over 10 years since any river ice jam has been bombed here.