Tu-95MS Destroys Daesh Targets With Kh-101 Missiles

Tu-95MS with 8 Kh-101 Missiles on its 4 under-wing pylons
Tu-95MS with 8 Kh-101 Missiles on its 4 under-wing pylons

A Russian Tu-95MS (Bear-F) successfully destroyed a Daesh target in Syria with state-of-the-art Kh-101 missiles.

“Regarding the use of our weapons, including in the fight against terrorists in the Syrian Arab Republic, I would like to thank both the military and the designers of one of our state-of-the-art Kh-101 missile systems. This missile showed a very high degree of reliability,” Putin said at a meeting of the commission for military-technical cooperation (MTC).

The Kh-101 is a cruise missile using modern technology to reduce radar visibility. It has been specifically designed for air-launch and is equipped with an 880 lb high-explosive, penetrating, or cluster warhead. It can reach targets at up to 4,500 km and uses GLON ASS satellite navigation system for trajectory correction. The Kh-101 missile can achieve accuracy of 6 to 10 meters.

Kh-101 cruise missile
Kh-101 Cruise Missile

The Tu-95MS can carry up to eight Kh-101 cruise missile on four under-wing pylons.

The Russian Air Force previously launched Kh-101 missiles on Daesh targets in February 2017. It successfully destroyed many targets, including a command post near Raqqa. The Kh-101 missile was first used on November 17, 2015 in support of Syria’s campaign against terrorist organizations.