by John Galt
August 15, 2016 20:45 ET
The story from Al-Masdar News is a stunner:
By Chris Tomson
Al-Masdar News has obtained exclusive photos of Russian warplanes being deployed to the Hamedan Air Base in western Iran.
Currently, the strategic TU-22M3 bombers take flight from southern Russia at Modzok airfield; however, this newly signed military agreement with Iran will allow Russia to reduce flight time by 60%, saving the Kremlin both money and improving airstrike effectiveness.
The distance of these flights equal roughly 2,150km to reach a target near Palmyra. In comparison, the Hamedan Air Base in Iran is roughly 900km from Palmyra.
The Khmeimim Airbase in Latakia province – which Russia was granted access to in late 2015 – is not suitable for the massive TU-22M3, one of the largest bomber jets in the world.
The Russian military is yet to announce how many TU-22M3 will be operating from the Iranian airbase.
This developement indicates significantly improved political relations between Iran and Russia, two priceless allies for Damascus.
Moments ago, Russia also requested Iraq and Iran airspace allowance to transport cruise missiles into Syria.
Needless to say this ups the ante as those bombers can extend Russia’s ability to attack an enemy say in the Arabian Peninsula that might attack Iran due to their failing petroleum based economic model and failing war effort in Yemen.
This situation should be marked up as another proverbial “dot” as it means Russia is no longer afraid to project it’s strategic capabilities in forward bases, something unseen since the peak of the Cold war provided this report is accurate from the original source as there is a ton of propaganda floating around in the Middle East media as published by all sides in the conflicts currently under way.
EDIT TO ADD 8/16/2016 04:35 ET –
The story is now confirmed by the Russian Ministry of Defense and they have released video of the Tu-22M3 bombers attacking ISIS targets:
Here are the photos from the Al-Masdar article, referenced above: