A GoPro camera captures in fine detail Russian jets dropping bombs to weaken anti-government forces in Syria’s bloody civil war.
The cameras, used mostly in high-energy action sequences, can be attached anywhere in a position one desires to get good close up videos. The video, that Ruptly has accessed, shows a Russian Air Force Su-24 jet dropping bombs in the air to target areas held by dreaded extremist network Islamic State. Volumes of dust rise up in the air as the bombs are seen hitting the ground. Russian jets often control bombs using high-end laser technology.
In the video, the plane is later seen descending at the Hmeymim Air Base near Latakia.
Russia is the latest country to enter the war with the intention of aiding the US-led coalition and more importantly, breaking down ISIS, which is holding vast swathes in the country. The United States, Turkey, France, Australia and several other countries are involved in a joint exercise to bomb targets in vast swathes of the country, currently held by the Islamic State. More than 50 Russian warplanes and helicopters are currently in operation in Syria and are flying 20-25 missions in the country compared to 8 per day by the US-led alliance.
But, there are fears of the Syrian airspace increasingly getting crowded with even possibility of on-air collisions between war planes. Even though defense officials of US and Russia held a video conference, no outcome came out of it.
(With AP inputs)