For two years, Russia’s Long- Range Aviation supported Moscow’s military campaign in Syria. Combat Aircraft looks at how Tupolev Tu-22M3, Tu-95 and Tu-160 strategic bombers have hit targets across the war-torn country.

HIGH ABOVE THE Euphrates Valley, a formation of six Russian Tupolev Tu-22M3 ‘Backfire-C’ supersonic bombers cruised towards the last so-called Islamic State (IS) stronghold in Syria, around the town of Abu Kamal. One after another, the aircraft took turn to disgorge their payloads of six FAB-500-62 1,102lb (500kg) unguided bombs in rapid succession, obliterating everything below them.

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