It has been more than 24 hours since Turkey shot down a Russian Su-24 Fencer that briefly passed into its territory. Now we are seeing the clear steps Russia is taking in response to this event, and we’ve learned that one of the jet’s pilots has survived the attack, contrary to earlier reports.
A Russian Su-24 Fencer attack jet, one of about a dozen based at Russia’s forward operating base in Syria south of the port city of Latakia, was shot down after Turkey claims the aircraft had passed into its airspace and did not respond to 10 separate warnings spaced over five minutes.
The Russian Ministry of Defense just released these photographs of night air operations at their outpost airfield in Syria. Just a small portion of the flights, so far, base have been night sorties. But it all may now be changing as Russian aviators become more accustomed to their environment, and Assad’s army and its…
We have heard a lot about near encounters between coalition and Russian aircraft over Syria in recent weeks, and that Russia has shadowed American unmanned aircraft operating over Syria on numerous occasions, yet this may be the first cockpit video of such an occurrence.
Russian low level flybys are not that rare, but ones that have infrared countermeasure flares literally landing on the tarmac certainly are!