Recent Russian Air Operations in the Mediterranean

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      soryang
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      Russian Tu-22M3 Backfire Bombers Appear Over Syria And They Could Be There To Stay (Updated)
      Recent imagery suggests the swing-wing bombers are operating for the first time from a Syrian base.
      BY THOMAS NEWDICK MAY 24, 2021

      https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/40760/russian-tu-22m3-backfire-bombers-appear-over-syria-and-they-could-be-there-to-stay

      Alexander Mercouris covered this story on a recent video.

      Russia Now Has At Least 14 Combat Jets In Libya As Satellite Images Reveal New Details
      It’s now clear that the Kremlin has launched a major airpower intervention into the country.
      BY JOSEPH TREVITHICK MAY 27, 2020
      THE WAR ZONE

      “Over multiple days in May, Russian MiG 29s and SU-24 fighters departed Russia. At that time, all the aircraft have Russian Federation Air Force markings,” one of the Tweets reads. “After they land at Khmeimin Air Base in Syria, the MiG 29s are repainted and emerge with no national markings.”

      “They are flown by Russian military members & escorted by Russian fighters based in Syria to Libya, landing in Eastern Libya near Tobruk for fuel,” another Tweet continues. “At least 14 newly unmarked Russian aircraft are then delivered to Al Jufra Air Base in Libya.”

      https://www.thedrive.com/the-war-zone/33698/russia-now-has-at-least-14-combat-jets-in-libya-as-satellite-images-reveal-new-details

      Good photos and chart at the drive link.

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      Scott Crowder
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      Then it says Libya.

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        soryang
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        @scottcrowder

        After the Camp David accords, they were the remaining supporters of Russian military operations in the Mediterranean until the USSR collapsed. This is something of a revival for dormant Russian military power. Perhaps, I should have made the connection between the two articles clearer.

        Here’s the chart from the second article which connects the two reports:

        (Source- The Drive, April 27)

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      Scott Crowder
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    • #425858
      Ohio Barbarian
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      This isn’t the first time they’ve flown planes out of it over the Mediterranean, not by a long shot.

      It is better to vote for what you want and not get it than to vote for what you don't want and get it.--Eugene Debs

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        soryang
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        @ohiobarbarian

        Of course it isn’t. But in the recent past flights of military warplanes is a new pattern (since 2014?). I felt that Mercouris was somewhat exaggerating the impact of the Syrian deployment. But I think it’s more cost effective for the Russians to move and use their airpower in this manner, rather than have their warships make the long journey from the Baltic or North Sea fleets, or the problematic transit from the Black Sea. The conventional warplanes obviously have a greater impact inland than surface warships or subs.

        If there hadn’t been a crash in Russian Sea Power incident to the fall of the USSR, Libya and Syria wouldn’t be failed states today. But the Russians never lost their position in Syria. Nevertheless, it looks like Russia is trying to rebuild it’s stake in the Mediterranean using conventional military airpower. In the past, the Russian Mediterranean fleet was the dominant element, and military flights were pretty much confined to reconnaissance aircraft. That being said, I was unable to find any reports on current Russian naval force levels being maintained in the Med and suspect that it hasn’t returned to the levels it maintained in the seventies and eighties before the economic and political collapse of the USSR.

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          Ohio Barbarian
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          They also want to show the Americans, not to mention the Syrians, that they are there to stay, and that they won’t give up their one base in that reason.

          Considering how many bases the Americans have over there, their position is eminently reasonable.

          It is better to vote for what you want and not get it than to vote for what you don't want and get it.--Eugene Debs

          You can jail a revolutionary, but you can't jail the revolution.--Fred Hampton

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