“On 16 August, Tu-22M3 long-range bombers and Su-34 frontline bombers, flying with a full bomb load from the Hamadan air base (Islamic Republic of Iran), conducted a group air strike against targets of the Islamic State and Jabhat al-Nusra terrorist groups in the provinces of Aleppo, Deir Ezzor and Idlib,” the defence ministry statement said.
The Rossiya 24 channel broadcast uncapationed images of at least three bombers and a Russian military transport plane, though it was unclear where and when the footage had been shot.
The Tupolev-22 is a Cold War-era strategic bomber first in service in the 1960s as part of Russia’s nuclear forces. It has been upgraded several times in its service life.
The Sukhoi-34 fighter bomber has previously flown sorties over Syria from the Russian airbase in Latakia.