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-22M3
  • Tu-95 Bear
  • Su-24M (shot down by Turkey)
  • Su-25
  • Su-30SM fighter escorts
  • Su-34
  • Su-35
  • 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, ODAB500 PMB thermobaric bomb, BetAB-500 M62 penetration (or bunker-buster) bomb.

Source : Defence One