Putin uses Su-34 2-pilot “flying tanks” to hit Syria rebels

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Russia has hit ISIS command centre, potentially killing dozens of fighters.

Russian Defence Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov said Sukhoi Su-34 and Su-24M fighter jets performed 20 sorties and hit nine Islamic State installations.

Bunker-busting BETAB-500 air bomb dropped from a Sukhoi Su-34 bomber near Raqqa eliminated the command post of one of the terror groups, together with an underground storage facility for explosives and munitions, the Spokesman claimed.

Western countries believe that Putin is hitting at rebels opposed to Syria’s Al Assad

The Su-34 is a strike fighter and the most modern aircraft to take part in Russia’s operation against Islamic State in Syria. 

Its development began in the mid-’80s as a replacement for the Su-24, with the country’s military receiving the first batch of new warplanes in 2006. 

The jet is designed for the supersonic penetration of enemy airspace at treetop level in the most severe weather and battle conditions. 

The two-pilot strike fighter is sometimes referred to as ‘a flying tank’ due to an armored cockpit and efficient standoff weapons, which enable it to survive not only missile fragments, but even direct hits from small caliber arms.

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