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Here’s an interactive map of all the Russian airstrikes in Syria

The Russian contingent has launched its airstrikes in Syria. And this interactive map shows them all.

On Sept. 30, the Russian Air Force launched its first airstrikes in Syria (with controversial results).

Since then, the RuAF contingent has launched more raids, some of those conducted by the six Su-34 Fullback bombers, the most advanced tactical jets in the Russian inventory, deployed to Latakia just a couple of days before they were used for the first time in combat.

The following interactive map by @Radicalenzyme shows the location of all the known attacks so far.

As the RuAF Su-24s, Su-25s and Su-34s deliver their unguided and guided munitions on ISIS (and, according to some reports, Free Syrian Army) targets there is some concern that the lack of coordination with the US-led coalition may cause some trouble sooner or later.

Considered the number of sorties launched by the coalition (from 1 to 6, according to the daily reports by U.S. CENTCOM) the risk of mid-air between Russians and U.S. planes is still quite low. Beginning on Oct. 2, Su-30SMs have appeared next to the attacking Russian planes: they are equipped with good air-to-air radars, useful to have an idea of the “picture.”

According one of our sources with deep knowledge of Operation Inherent Resolve, who wishes to remain anonymous “with a growing presence of Sukhois across Syria and little notification, we can’t completely rule out that different packages will one day come a bit too close each other. Can you imagine what happens the first time an escort plane supporting a strike package starts tracking a Russian plane, or vice versa? The best solution is to divide the Syrian airspace into different areas and assign them to the different parties.”    

Watch this: Anti-Aircraft Fire misses Syrian Mig-21 by inches during ground attack

A Syrian Arab Air Force Mig-21 is almost hit by ground fire as it releases its bomb.

The following video shows a shell (57mm one according to the uploader) streak past a Syrian Mig-21 Fishbed attacking a target near Idlib. The SyAAF jet releases its bomb just in time to escape the direct hit.

Quite impressive.

H/T to Matt Fanning for sending us the link to the video

 

[Video] Here’s What It’s Like Being On The Receiving End Of A MiG-21’s bomb in Syria

Rule: if you see a Syrian warplane maneuver to drop a bomb on you, you better run!

Do you remember the video showing a Syrian Mig-29 strafe the cameraman who was filming the Fulcrum in Syria?

Here’s another footage showing a Mig-21 Fishbed drop a bomb quite close to the position of the Syrian rebel who was filming it.

Once again, better not film the attack from the target’s point of view.

H/T to @Johnnyrocket69 for the heads-up

 

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Video shows what is it like being on the receiving end of a Mig-29 Fulcrum’s gun

If you see a Mig-29 Fulcrum maneuvering towards you at low altitude, you better run away.

Filmed somewhere is Syria by someone who probably survived the attack, the following footage shows a Syrian Arab Air Force Mig-29 Fulcrum perform a strafing pass on rebel positions, as seen from the target’s point of view.

Since October 2013, Assad’s Fulcrums have become increasingly active against Free Syrian Army forces.

 

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Syrian Air Force has “upgraded” its gunships: Mi-25 can drop double barrel bomb attack

Assad’s choppers now capable to perform dual barrel bomb attacks.

Footage released lately by SMART Syria news agency shows a Mil Mi-25 (the export version of the Soviet Mil Mi-24 Hind) dropping two improvised barrel bombs, on Free Syrian Army positions.

Since they were used for the first time in combat, single 1,500 – 2,000 lb bombs made of barrels filled with explosives, shrapnel or oil were dropped by the cargo door of the Mi-8/17 Hip helicopter or the wing pylons of the Mi-25 gunships one at a time.

Now it seems the Syrian Hinds have got the capability to drop two at a time, with doubled devastating effects: according to some sources, barrel bombs have caused some 20,000 casualties since the beginning of the uprising in 2011.

 

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