Russia has announced it now has the ability to operate long-range strategic nuclear-capable bombers from its air base in Syria.
This milestone has expanded Russia’s capabilities, allowing such planes to train in new regions.
The Russian defence ministry said in a statement that three Tupolev Tu-22M3 long-range bombers had flown to Hmeymim.
Russia operates the Hmeymim base on Syria’s Mediterranean coast, from which it has launched air strikes in the past in support of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
As at press time, runways at the base had been made longer and one of them upgraded allowing Russia to operate aircrafts of all types from the base.
According to the defence ministry, the three newly arrived bombers would hold training exercises in new geographical areas over the Mediterranean Sea before returning to their permanent airfields in Russia.