Western naval officials report that one day after aircraft carrier USS Truman and its strike group attacked ISIS targets from the Mediterranean, the advanced Russian reconnaissance airplane, the TU-124, nicknamed ‘Russian bear’ was stationed in Syria.
This is the first time, since the Russian military involvement began on October 2015, that a Russian reconnaissance airplane of this type is seen in the area. The plane has an ISR-Intelligence Surveillance Reconnaissance platform that is able to collect data on targets and direct the Russian bombers. The assumption is that the Russian brought the plane to Syria to observe the US naval attack force.
Full article: ‘Russian bear’ TU-142M vs USS Truman strike force opposite Syria (DEBKAfile)