The appearance of the Tu-22M3 in Syria speaks of the revival of the Russian Naval Missile Aviation

It is reported about the transfer of supersonic long-range aviation bombers Tu-22M3 to the Russian Khmeimim airbase. Domestic media immediately exploded with suggestions that the Russian Defense Ministry was "taking aim at the southern flank of NATO," preparing some kind of large military operation in the Middle East, or training to sink the Sixth Fleet of the US Navy. But is this so, and what are the real goals of the Russian military department?

Obviously, our Ministry of Defense has taken the idea of ​​redeploying supersonic missile carriers to Syria quite seriously. To do this, at an accelerated pace, in just a few months, the runway at the Khmeimim airbase was lengthened, strengthened and modernized. Now its length exceeds 3 kilometers, and it can be used by Russian military aircraft of all types, including heavy ones. Now combat missions in the Syrian Arab Republic are performed by Su-25 attack aircraft, Su-34 fighter-bombers and Su-24 front-line bombers. Now they will be strengthened by the Tu-22M3 Long-Range Aviation. What kind of planes are these, and why have they received such increased attention, which has generated a lot of speculation?

This is a long-range supersonic bomber-bomber, a carrier of nuclear weapons. The Tu-22M3 is a very formidable combat aircraft, a functional analogue of which only the United States has. It is capable of striking with X-22 and X-32 anti-ship cruise missiles, free-fall bombs and dropping sea mines of various calibers, which can take on board up to 20 tons. Due to its outstanding tactical and technical characteristics, the Tu-22M3 received the name “aircraft carrier killer”, since the fight against the enemy's AUG was its main goal as part of our Naval Missile Aviation. Also, a supersonic bomber can carry long-range missiles equipped with thermonuclear warheads. After modernization, the aircraft is capable of delivering strikes with hypersonic Dagger missiles.

Yes, it is formidable, but what can really change in such a complex region as the Middle East, just three Tu-22M3s? This is a very important question, so let's turn our attention to the wording of our military department:

Crews of long-range bombers will acquire practical skills in practicing training tasks in new geographic areas during flights in the airspace over the Mediterranean Sea.

After all, the Mediterranean. And who is based there? That's right, the US Sixth Fleet, as well as the ships of NATO countries, and the Turkish navy, which can be conditionally considered a separate entity, given the extremely active and independent foreign policy Ankara in recent years. Several crews will work in shifts on each Tu-22M3, pilots will gain experience in flying over the Mediterranean Sea, onboard radars will take pictures of coastal landmarks. Our pilots will improve their combat proficiency, trying on potential targets, which in this region are even too numerous. Why is this so important?

Because, if desired, this redeployment of the Tu-22M3 squadron to Syria can be considered the first step towards the revival of the Naval Missile Aviation, liquidated in 2011. The fact is that the importance of this type of troops in modern Russia is extremely underestimated, and completely in vain. The experience of the Second World War showed that 121 aircraft carriers out of 91 were sunk and damaged in aggregate. During the Great Patriotic War, the naval aviation of the USSR Navy damaged and destroyed 1569 enemy ships and vessels out of 2272.

Its purpose is to search, detect and destroy the combat forces of the enemy fleet, its landing detachments, convoys and single submarine or surface ships. According to the base, naval aviation is divided into shipborne and coastal. By type, it is subdivided into anti-submarine, fighter, reconnaissance, auxiliary, and naval missile-carrying. After the collapse of the USSR, naval aviation fell into decay due to a decrease in funding and logistics. Much of the combat equipment was decommissioned, many airfields located abroad had to be abandoned. The flying hours were reduced, the level of training of the pilots dropped dramatically. The matter ended with the fact that the naval missile-carrying aviation was generally eliminated as a branch of the military, and the supersonic bombers Tu-22M3, "aircraft carrier killers", were transferred to the Long-Range Aviation. Needless to say, all this had an extremely negative effect on the combat effectiveness of the domestic naval aviation, which can largely compensate for the weakness of the surface component of the Russian Navy?

In this regard, let us pay attention to the latest actions of our Ministry of Defense. A powerful air base has been created in Syria with a modern runway capable of receiving the heaviest aircraft, including the supersonic Tu-22M3 and anti-submarine Tu-142. By redeploying the "aircraft carrier killers" from Mozdok to Khmeimim, Sergei Shoigu's department actually turned them from long-range bombers into naval missile carriers aimed at the Mediterranean region. Only three aircraft, no matter how powerful they are, are not able to put the southern flank of NATO on their ears with their "Daggers". However, by working in shifts, their crews will gain valuable hands-on experience in flying over a potential theater of war. Note what the Tu-22M3 is armed with: these are long-range anti-ship missiles Kh-22 "Tempest". What does this indicate? Of course, about the direction of these informal exercises against the US Sixth Fleet and American allies in the region.

In fact, the RF Ministry of Defense turned Khmeimim into a foreign airbase, where it began to rapidly train its pilots of naval missile-carrying aviation, the actual revival of which can already be spoken of with caution. And this is a step in the right direction, which should be followed by the development of new anti-submarine aircraft and the general expansion of the aircraft fleet.
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  1. 123 Offline 123
    123 (123) 26 May 2021 17: 20
    New aircraft are needed to revive the naval aviation.
  2. Kofesan Offline Kofesan
    Kofesan (Valery) 26 May 2021 17: 44
    500 planes, each with 6 tons of weapons, is the very thing. (This is what the military say) We desperately need about so many of these beautiful "Tupolevs". To dekulak at least one Rottenberg to a bare, dried spine and finish building up to half a thousand ... 444 aircraft. what This is about quantity.

    As for the quality, no one will shoot at the barmaley from the strategists. But the entire 6th Fleet of the US Navy, which is now in the Mediterranean ... And then the Royal Navy aircraft carrier strike group led by Queen Elizabeth went there, and three American landing ships with marines on board are now moving in the direction of Syria , This is the most for them.

    And three planes are not talking about Russia's ambitions (with only three of them how these same ambitions do not grow, how do not pour verbal oil on them), but says that Khmeinim may snap back: "Do not meddle with us."

    What about "revival" ...? I would like to believe. But now, it seems to me ...

    Not to fat, maybe I would live ...
    1. Alexndr p Offline Alexndr p
      Alexndr p (Alexander) 26 May 2021 17: 45
      Dekulak at least one Rottenberg

      write a denunciation. why and why him. as in the old and glorious traditions of "dispossessed"

      PS it won't hurt others to squeeze, what do you think? Or will you not wring out, but you just shouted an offer from the crowd?

      The Sharikovs and Shvonders have not yet been translated. I can already see you in a leather cap and a tie with an ebb

      You are probably a "true communist". Nowhere can they find real communists, everywhere only wet and not red ones - but pink emo communists rashkins and plateoshkins, and you are really real - you can see right away - you know what the country needs. In the end, the cap is also fashionable.
      1. Dukhskrepny Offline Dukhskrepny
        Dukhskrepny (Vasya) 26 May 2021 19: 59
        And you "six Rottenbergs" and they sang along with a kick from the country
    2. Leontrotsky Offline Leontrotsky
      Leontrotsky (Leon) 26 May 2021 18: 12
      Not too much 500 TU 22m3m?))) Now there are about 40 of them (tu22m3 is meant), well, the same number, it seems to me, behind the eyes.
      1. Alexndr p Offline Alexndr p
        Alexndr p (Alexander) 26 May 2021 18: 14
        in a computer game, do you know how much you can draw in the map editor - airfields and planes? And you don't have to worry about pilots there at all. There they automatically appear in the created plane.
        so 500 is generally a child's figure.
        1. Petr Vladimirovich (Peter) 26 May 2021 20: 03
          Friendly advice to everyone!
          This is how it is very elegant ... fellow

      2. Kofesan Offline Kofesan
        Kofesan (Valery) 26 May 2021 22: 32
        The Americans have already withdrawn such an aircraft from production and armament since 1998. There is no need. In frugal Australia, he lingered until 2010. But that doesn't matter. These aircraft have become obsolete for a long time. The only remaining purpose for the nearly 120-ton vehicle is to move the "daggers" ... closer to the NATO Navy. And launch rockets. Everything. Those. they compensate for the ships ... And with the navy, Russia has a full pipe. Without exaggeration. How can I explain? The Turkish Navy is larger and more modern than the Black Sea Fleet (except for nuclear weapons). Is it now? Why 500 is the minimum. This is enough to resist the Turks and the British. No more! So our military thinks.

        Although why am I here in front of you beads sword? A little head in the sand. All is well - beautiful marquise! And so on ... The main thing is to die in ignorance and "happiness". I do not even touch on the topic of "who is to blame." Only - "What to do". PNourFsyo?
        1. boriz Offline boriz
          boriz (boriz) 27 May 2021 23: 39
          500 is the minimum. This is enough to resist the Turks and the British.

          What is this nonsense? Here and there, one warhead that flew over the eyes. London and Istanbul. 200 kilotons each. And they know it.
    3. Just a cat Offline Just a cat
      Just a cat (Bayun) 26 May 2021 20: 30
      did not try to create and multiply except how to select and divide? and then the former citizens of Russia in all states create helicopters and televisions ... otherwise the primacy will come and take everything away.
  3. Kofesan Offline Kofesan
    Kofesan (Valery) 26 May 2021 20: 56
    Not for a second being a fan of the "talents" of Simonyan M ... But yesterday, "Miss Evidence" expressed a "fresh" and at the same time, to the point of soreness, a banal thought:

    “I’m not a militarist at all, but, unfortunately, this is a medical fact: only guaranteed mutual annihilation keeps the Americans from crushing us,” she wrote.

    The question of quantity is a question, including the question of physical survival after a financial catastrophe. Well, Russia does not go from the abyss, does not go! The dry residue is slowly approaching. And Imposing behavior ... Nothing to see the wombs around them, capable of working only on guano ...
    Ugh, I see no reason to even argue ...
    1. boriz Offline boriz
      boriz (boriz) 27 May 2021 23: 40
      The one who takes a step back first will lose.
  4. Few, few planes! It takes about 10 pieces to take OTAN for apricots from the south!
  5. Marzhecki Offline Marzhecki
    Marzhecki (Sergei) 27 May 2021 07: 57
    Quote: 123
    New aircraft are needed to revive the naval aviation.

    Both planes and trained crews.
    In Syria, crews will be trained in just three shifts.
    1. SemVale Offline SemVale
      SemVale (Vale) 3 June 2021 12: 22
      Three women will not have a baby in three months.
      There are methods, KBP, continuity, the presence of a landfill, the presence of instructors ...
      Train the commander of the Tu-22M3 ship in all types up to 5 years.
      In addition to single training, there is combat coordination, interaction.
      In short ..... lost everything, now woke up.
  6. Solomon Offline Solomon
    Solomon (alexey salomon) 28 May 2021 07: 20
    Marzhetsky is also an aviator ... laughing