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Thursday, March 15, 2018

For the first time Russia used the Iranian airfield for a strike on terrorists

The geography of the operation of the Russian space forces in Syria is expanding. Iran confirmed Russia is also providing infrastructure for a joint fight against ISIS. The first result of cooperation was the flight of Russian bombers Iranian air base in Hamadan with the support of fighters from the Syrian base Hamim. We were talking about permanent basing in Iran. How to strengthen the axis Moscow – Tehran will react the United States, Israel and Turkey?

The defense Ministry released a video of air strikes inflicted on Tuesday, the Russian bombers Tu-22M3 and su-34 on the positions of militants “Islamic state” in Syria. This is a unique operation, which became possible thanks to cooperation between Russia and Iran.

“Our air force uses this object as “airfields”

Bombers of the Russian military space forces the Tu-22M3 and su-34 taking off from an Iranian airfield in Tabriz, inflicted air strikes on targets of ISIS* and al-Nusra Dzhebhat” in the Syrian provinces of Aleppo, Deir-ez-Zor and Idlib.

The cover of the planes taking off from Iran, carried out the su-30CM and su-35S fighters based in Syria on the basis of the videoconferencing Hamim.

According to the defense Ministry, the warehouses of weapons and ammunition, training camps and control centers, destroyed in the bombing raids, was used to ensure militant groups operating in Aleppo.

As previously noted the newspaper VIEW, Aleppo, the second largest city in Syria, remains the scene of heavy battles waged by the government army.

The presence of our aircraft HQs in Iran became known yesterday – reported by the participants of the international project Warfare Worldwide. Twitter this project were placed photographs of the Russian bombers, which, as follows from the caption to the photo, “prepared for strikes on terrorists in Syria.”

Tehran gives the go-ahead

Iran confirmed Russia is also providing the infrastructure for terrorism in Syria. About it on Tuesday was declared by the Secretary of the Supreme national security Council of Iran kontr-Admiral Ali Shamkhani. In an interview with IRNA Shamkhani pointed to the strategic partnership between Tehran and Moscow in the struggle with the terrorist threat.

On the eve it became known that the Ministry of defence has written to the governments of Iran and Iraq’s request to use the airspace of these countries for the passage of cruise missiles. Recall that the airspace of these countries has already been used in October last year. Then four ships of the Caspian flotilla missile strike on the bases of militants “Islamic state” in Syria from the area of the Caspian sea. This operation was also the first case of combat use of missile system “Caliber” and all the first combat use of Russian strategic nuclear weapons.

Recall that in September last year, Russia, Iran, Syria and Iraq established a joint information center to coordinate action against ISIS.

“The Federation Council to make this decision ready”

The head of the Federation Council Committee on defense and security Viktor Ozerov, commenting on the current VC operation, said the Federation Council will ratify the agreement on the deployment of the air group of the Russian Armed forces on the Iranian air base at Hamadan, and if such agreement are received. “The Council of the Federation, I think this decision is ready,” – said Ozerov.

The Senator explained that the Russian-Iranian agreement can be modeled after a similar agreement with Syria. In early August, President Vladimir Putin submitted for ratification to the state Duma the agreement between Russia and Syria on the indefinite deployment of a Russian air group.

However, while the long-term basing of our videoconferencing in Iranian Hamadan out of the question.

Senator Ozerov also drew attention to the fact that achieving this level of agreement with Iran shows the depth of Russian-Iranian cooperation” and very high “political result”. “And Russia’s cooperation with the government, placed in an explosive region will benefit the entire situation in the middle East”, – said the head of the Committee.

What made the army of Syria with the help of Russian troops (infographic)“Twice closer than the base in Mozdok”

Hamadan – tactical air base of the Iranian armed forces, and is not required for the permanent deployment of Russian aviation, says the military expert, chief editor of the magazine “Arsenal Fatherland” Victor murakhovski.

“Our air force uses this object as a forward-based airfield. During the great Patriotic war they were called airfields, – the expert said in an interview with the newspaper LOOK. – There is no deployed infrastructure for the placement of personnel. This site is exclusively for landing, refuelling, equipment, aviation means of defeat and further the mission to target ISIS”.

From Hamadan located in the West of Iran, has a range of approximately less than half airbase in Mozdok, where previously flew the Tu-22, the expert said. “Accordingly, it is possible to take a large bomb load to reduce the execution time of tasks, the fuel consumption and the resources of the aircraft,” – said murakhovski.

“When flying from Mozdok combat load of the Tu-22M3 can be up to 5-8 tons, as the range is about 3 thousand kilometers, – said in comments to RIA “Novosti” President of Academy of geopolitical problems, doctor of military Sciences Konstantin Sivkov. – While in Iran and acting in a radius of 700 kilometers, they may take the ultimate bomb load about 22 tons. That is, combat effectiveness is increased at least threefold”. According Sivkova, also significantly increases the efficacy of su-34, which previously could fly from Russia to Syria, only refueling.

“And now, acting from Iran, they can have an impact on the whole territory of Syria and the positions of the IG in Iraq,” – said Sivkov.

“The Americans will not be able to oppose Russian-Iranian cooperation”

Victor murakhovski believes that the main benefit of such Russian-Iranian cooperation – military-technical. Also thanks to such cooperation, which can be considered unprecedented, is development of practical cooperation with the armed forces of Iran. The source reminded that Iran, along with Iraq and Syria part of the coalition with Russia in the fight against ISIS, and mentioned the coordination center in Baghdad.

“I have not received a response from the Americans”

Murakhovski also noted that Russia has established communication channels with the US, in particular, located in the Jordanian capital Amman centre led by the Americans of the coalition.

“Israel also have direct channels of communication. While coordination with the us coalition is limited to the prevention of incidents in the airspace of Syria – said murakhovski. – It is known that Russia some months ago sent offers on the joint determination of the parties that belong to the moderate Syrian opposition, that is, which cannot be bombed, and all the rest. But until we got the Americans answer with a specific list of groups of their areas of deployment and action.”

Therefore, the Americans periodically present us claim that we don’t bomb there, but here, as they say, our fault no, said the source. “It must be their concern: to provide the appropriate lists and coordinates. Apparently, it plays the role of political reasons, not purely military,” believes Grytsenko.

He also expressed confidence that the Americans will not be able to oppose Russian-Iranian cooperation. And given the fact that one of the members of the coalition – Iraq – at the same time included in a coalition headed by the USA, “the situation is very entertaining.

At the political level, Americans sometimes Express their dissatisfaction, but in practice they prevent this will not. And obstacles any way against ISIS from the United States will look very strange, including in the eyes of the American public,” – said the expert.

Reasons to be discontent

The Director of the Center for the study of the Middle East and Central Asia semen Bagdasarov’m sure and the West, and Turkey with Israel would be a negative attitude to such Russian-Iranian cooperation, because “everyone has their own motives.” “The Americans are unhappy with our aircraft will be used to launch attacks in Aleppo in the first place. Now there are major fights. Americans believe that strikes are the groups that they consider reasonable,” said Bagdasarov VIEW newspaper, adding that Turkey may not like the fact that the blows are applied including the reinforcements that are put forward by the Turkish transition Azaz.

The expert also pointed to the likely concerns of Israel, the traditional enemy of Iran. Israel, according to experts, should further military integration between Iran and Russia. “But not prevent it. Americans and so he had put all that is possible: MANPADS, ATGM” – said Bagdasarov.

* Organization in respect of which the court accepted entered into legal force decision on liquidation or ban the activities on the grounds stipulated by the Federal law “On countering extremist activity”

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