More than 10 Russian Tu-22M3 bombers carried out an airstrike on an airfield of the simulated enemy in the Zabaikalsky Territory as part of the Vostok-2018 drills, the Russian Defense Ministry’s press service said on Saturday in a statement obtained by Sputnik.

“Pilots of the long-range aviation hit the targets that marked concentration of aircraft, jets on the runaway, covered planes, depots as well as command and control center of the airfield of the simulated enemy,” the statement said.

During the drills, the bombers used bombs weighing up to 500 kilograms (over 1,100 pounds).

The Vostok-2018 drills are the largest exercise held in Russia since the dissolution of the Soviet Union. The drills involve nearly 300,000 servicemen, 36,000 vehicles and over a thousand aircraft.

On Thursday, Russian President Vladimir Putin attended the main stage of the Vostok-2018 drills that took place at the Tsugol range in the Zabaikalsky Territory.

The war games will run until Monday.


Source: Sputnik

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500kg bombs are not the best to take out air-bases. The best combat-proven method is Matra (MBDA) BAP-100/BLU-107 Durandal : The principle is having concrete piercing rockets that would explode under the runway nonetheless degrading it but creating vacuum, making in nonetheless unusable but very difficult to repair, moreover, some ammos are likely to behave like mines or having timed explosions, preventing to start the repair works immediately Here we can see the effect of the Durandal : The Russian equivalent is the BETAB-500. Here in Syria, but not used against a runway. The new generation… Read more »


It has always struck me how all the worlds armies love uniformity for the sake of uniformity in many cases. When this results in parked aircraft in lines in a combat situation it becomes rather worrying. This also applies to stores as well. Having all the eggs in one basket is silly. For example , when the Atlantic Conveyor was sunk during the Falklands War in the 80’s , ALL the tent’s etc and heavy lift helicopters ‘en route’ to the British Army were lost . With a little effort each aircraft should and could be given three sided blast… Read more »