By May 2016, the counter-ISIS coalition had dropped more than 41,500 bombs, leading the Pentagon to borrow from stockpiles in other regions.
U.S. aircraft that have dropped munitions on ISIS include:
- A-10C “Warthog” close-air-support aircraft
- AH-64 Apache helicopters
- B-1B Lancer bombers
- B-52H Stratofortress bombers
- F-15C Eagle fighters
- F-16C “Viper” fighters
- F/A-18E Super Hornet strike fighters
- F-22A Raptor strike fighters
- MQ-1B Predator drones
- MQ-9A Reaper drones
- OV-10 Bronco light attack/observation planes
How much does an airstrike cost?
“The cheapest possible strike could cost roughly $50,000,” but that’s just one jet, budgetary expert Todd Harrison, now of the Center for Strategic and International Studies, said in a 2014 interview with Foreign Policy.
Most strikes include a combination of aircraft. Consider, for example, a recent strike on an alleged convoy of ISIS fighters fleeing Fallujah: that series of strikes included 29 different aircraft.
Russian aircraft include:
- Tu-160 Blackjack
- Tu-95 Bear
- Su-24M (shot down by Turkey)
- Su-30SM fighter escorts
- Mi-8 search and rescue helicopter
- Mi-17 transport helicopter
- Mi-24 attack helicopter
- Mi-28NE Night Hunter
- KA-52 attack helicopter
And the munitions they’re dropping:
- Dumb bombs: OFAB-100 and OFAB-200 anti-personnel fragmentation bombs.
- Smart bombs: Kh-25 laser-guided missile and the KAB-500S Glonass satellite-guided bomb, both used far less frequently than other types of munitions.
- Other: RBK-500-SPBE-D cluster bomb, ODAB–500 PMB thermobaric bomb, BetAB-500 M62 penetration (or bunker-buster) bomb.
Source : Defence One