DAMASCUS, (BM) – A few hours ago, fighter jets launched a powerful missile attack on an area located near the Khmeimim airbase in the Syrian province of Latakia, learned BulgarianMilitary.com citing news agency Aviapro.
At the moment, it is known that the attack fell on the territory controlled by Turkish militants, which obviously indicates that either Russian combat aircraft or the Syrian Air Force could have participated in the attack.
The air strike was so powerful that it illuminated a territory of several kilometers. Local source told BulgarianMilitary.com that the air raid was conducted by Syrian Air Forces but until now none of the possible parties [Russia or Syria] took officially responsibility.
A video of the attack was shared on Twitter and can be seen here.
According the source, the airstrike was inflicted by a volumetric bomb, because as a result of a powerful flash, an area with a radius of several kilometers was illuminated.
Volumetric weapons are a family of munitions that includes such better-known subtypes as thermobaric and fuel-air explosive (FAE) weapons, and are variously referred to as vacuum bombs or enhanced blast weapons.
Volumetric weapons work by dispersing an explosive element or fuel, which creates an aerosolized cloud on impact. The weapon’s explosive then ignites the aerosolized cloud, producing a powerful shockwave and high temperatures.
The fact that only only two days ago, over this area, an unknown plane was shooting illumination ammunition, which, most likely, indicates that the militants were already in the sight of military aircraft.
BulgarianMilitary.com recalls that back in 2015, there were reports that the regime supporting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad carried out airstrikes with volumetric and vacuum bombs.
Recall that two days ago the Syrian military command announced its readiness to use the modernized MiG-29 fighters delivered by Russia to protect airspace over the eastern part of the country.
“On Saturday, the Syrian Arab Air Force (SyAAF) received a new batch of MiG-29 aircraft, which were recently modified in Russia before being transferred to the Khmeimim airbase in southwestern Latakia. According to a Syrian military source, these aircraft are more efficient than their previous generation, and they performed their flights from the Khmeimim base to military airfields throughout the country” the SAA source told reporters.
In February, Turkey lost at least 62 troops killed in Syria, nearly 100 soldiers were wounded, dozens of Turkish armored vehicles were destroyed and more than ten drones, including drone, were shot down. Washington has repeatedly accused Moscow of involvement in the deaths of Turkish soldiers, Russia rejects these allegations.
In early March, the presidents of Russia and Turkey, Vladimir Putin and Recep Tayyip Erdogan, concluded an agreement according to which a ceasefire came into force in the Idlib de-escalation zone.
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad later said that if the US and Turkish military did not leave the country, Damascus would be able to use force.
The reason for the Russian-Turkish negotiations was a sharp aggravation of the situation in Idlib, where in January a large-scale offensive by the Syrian army against the positions of the armed opposition and terrorists began.
Government forces recaptured nearly half of the Idlib de-escalation zone and left behind a number of Turkish observation posts. After that, Ankara sharply increased its military contingent in the region and launched the operation “Spring Shield” to push the Syrian troops. Turkey is also supported by militants loyal to it.
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