Su-30SM fighters met and escorted Tu-160s, which launched cruise missiles over the Mediterranean
T_J wrote:Long range mission by Tu-160s from the Atlantic through the Gibraltar Strait and into the Mediterranean to launch cruise missiles.Su-30SM fighters met and escorted Tu-160s, which launched cruise missiles over the Mediterranean
Harkins wrote:T_J wrote:Long range mission by Tu-160s from the Atlantic through the Gibraltar Strait and into the Mediterranean to launch cruise missiles.Su-30SM fighters met and escorted Tu-160s, which launched cruise missiles over the Mediterranean
I wonder if they were the ones that today's news reports say were intercepted by QRA from Lossiemouth Thursday night? And going the long way round to fire the cruise misiles; is that killing two birds with one stone? Hitting targets in Syria and providing a live demonstration of Russian global strike capability?
I've got to say that those Tu-160's really are beautiful aircraft.
Prime Minister David Cameron has announced that Britain is going to let France use its RAF base, RAF Akrotiri in Cyprus for bombing raids against Islamic State in Syria.
RAF Akrotiri is a large Royal Air Force station. It is located in the Western Sovereign Base Area, one of two areas which comprise Akrotiri and Dhekelia, a British Overseas Territory, administered as a Sovereign Base Area. It is one of the few full-scale RAF stations left outside the United Kingdom.
Akrotiri has played a crucial role during Britain’s recent operations in the Middle East. During both major campaigns against Iraq, in 1991 and 2003, and also during the no-fly zone operations between, it operated as a staging post for British forces en route to the region.
A constant problem of airfields located outside the territory of the country whose forces are based there is that of overflight rights. The UK has a treaty with Cyprus that guarantees British access to Akrotiri in any circumstances. Under the treaty, the stations employ many locals and contribute to the local economy.
AHVAZ, Nov. 21 (MNA) – Khuzestan’s deputy-governor for political and security affairs has confirmed reports of a drone crash in Shoush, in northern part of the province, southwest of Iran.
Qodratollah Dehqan told Mehr News local correspondent that a military drone had crashed in Shoush; “the remains of the drone were collected and
delivered to the IRGC Aerospace Force local office,” he added.
“Further examinations will determine the identity of the drone and probable causes of the crash; no casualties have been reported in the crash site,
fortunately,” Dehqan asserted, providing no further detail as to the identity of the drone.
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Commander of Iran’s Air Defense said an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) that crashed recently near the country’s southwestern city of Shoush was a homegrown aircraft shot down by the local forces as part of an exercise.
Brigadier General Farzad Esmaeili told reporters on Sunday that the drone was shot down for exercise and to test the preparation status.
His comments came following reports on Saturday that a military drone has crashed near the city of Shoush, the province of Khuzestan.
“The remains of the drone were collected and delivered to the IRGC Aerospace Force local office,” Qodratollah Dehqan, deputy governor of the province,
told the Mehr News Agency Saturday.
An Iranian official has denied reports that an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) that had gone down in Iran’s southwestern province of Khuzestan came from abroad.
Governor General of Shush Reza Nejati told IRNA on Saturday that the Iranian drone had gone down on the outskirts of the city of Shush on Friday.
Nejati also dismissed as rumors reports that the UAV had been hit by a missile.
He added that according to investigations, the drone, which was on a training mission, had crashed due to technical faults.
The official noted that the crash caused no casualty or damage to property on the ground.
The official made the remarks after earlier reports claimed that a foreign surveillance drone crashed near Shush near the border with Iraq.
Turkish warplanes are reported to have shot down an unidentified military aircraft near the border with Syria.
A Turkish military official told the Reuters news agency that Turkish F-16s had fired on the jet after warning it that it was violating Turkish airspace.
Turkish media broadcast video footage of a plane crashing into mountains near the border with Hatay province.
Syrian and Russian military aircraft have been targeting jihadist militants and Western-backed rebels in the area.
Turkish F16s have shot down a jet which violated the country's airpsace, according to a military official.
The official added the nationality of the downed aircraft is not clear at this stage, and said the jet's pilot was warned before being shot down.
A government official told AFP: "We are trying to identify the nationality of the plane."
According to CNN-Turk and NTV, the plane was seen exploding in the air and the fireball fell on a Turkmen mountain on the Syrian side of the border.
The two pilots managed to eject from the aircraft and were seen landing with the help of parachutes, the Hurriyet Daily News reported.