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. »
Hours after a Russian Su-24 fighter jet was shot down by a Turkish F-16 over Syria after Turkey claimed the jet invaded its airspace, killing two pilots, tensions remain high between both nations as the U.S. and France urged caution and de-escalation. In addition, a Russian soldier was apparently killed today by Free… »
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. »
Helicopters are not known for being the most useful bombing platforms, but some of Russia’s combat helicopters, namely the Mi-24 Hind series, are still capable of hauling these weapons. Russia and the Assad regime are putting this capability to use in Syria, as you can see in the videos below, with horrific results.
New video is emerging of Russia’s heavy bomber sorties and naval cruise missile strikes against targets in Syria. This includes some pretty amazing bomb and cruise missile drop sequences and footage showing the bombers’ fighter escorts, which included Iranian F-14A Tomcats and Russian Su-30SM Flankers.
Russia has now integrated its strategic bomber assets into its air campaign in Syria. Tu-22M3s Backfires, Tu-95MS Bears, and even Russia’s precious handful of Tu-160 Blackjack bombers have all delivered ordinance onto targets in Syria. This comes as Putin himself has announced that a bomb did indeed take down… »
Major news outlets around the net are carrying a story with the image above at its center. They claim that this image shows Russia’s most advanced and long-range air defense system, the S-400 “Triumpf”/ SA-21 “Growler,” has been deployed to Syria, something the Kremlin flatly denies. The truth is there is nothing in… »
60 Minutes traveled to Al Udeid Air Base in Qatar to take a brief look inside the 14 month-old air war against ISIS over Iraq and Syria. While this wasn’t as detailed a report on the campaign as many would have liked, the piece did delve into its growing costs for the United States. »
With Russia, Syria and the U.S. led coalition striking targets around Syria, the skies above the war-torn country have become increasingly filled with combat aircraft. These airstrikes have become the bane of militant and rebel factions fighting on the ground. Now some of them are trying are using helium filled… »
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. »
Russia’s attack jets have been active in recent days over Syria, but so have its attack helicopters. This video shows a division of Russian Mi-24P Hinds opening fire at low level over the embattled Syrian city of Homs. They fire their unguided rockets from afar, then continue to wheel around the city popping decoy… »
Turkey says that they have shot down an unidentified aircraft after it strayed two miles into Turkish airspace and did not respond to three warnings. It is not perfectly clear at this time who the aircraft belonged to or if it was manned or unmanned, although some reports say it was unmanned. »
The first Democractic Presidential Debate was dominated by domestic policy issues, but there were still plenty of opportunities for the candidates to say things that were devoid of specifics or even just flat-out wrong on defense. Foxtrot Alpha will dissect these statements just as we’ve done for the two Republican… »
Multiple reports state that the Pentagon air-dropped cargo pallets full of small arms, ammo, grenades and other weaponry to supposedly vetted forces known as the Syrian Arab Army operating in the Al-Hasakah province of Syria. The drop was made via a division of C-17A cargo aircraft flying under fighter cover. »
Social media and many not-so-reliable news outlets are running the headline that an aircraft, which many claim was Russian, was shot down after it crossed into Turkish airspace. At this point in time, aside from some Twitter users who supposedly witnessed something exploding near the border, we cannot corroborate… »
Russia’s Mi-24P “Hind” attack helicopters are now operating over Syria, as clearly shown in new videos. They showed up in force with intermediate level bombing with dumb-bombs and whipping around at a couple dozen feet above the ground, popping flares and firing on, well, something, with rockets and cannon fire.
Yesterday, Russia fired off no less than 26 of its new Kalibr cruise missiles from ships in the Caspian Sea, all were aimed at 11 targets in Syria. Because of their launching location, the missiles had to fly through northwest Iran and northern Iraq to make it to their targets in Syria. CNN reports that a number of… »
Russia has upped the ante once again in Syria over the last 24 hours, launching cruise missiles from the Caspian Sea at targets in Syria. Meanwhile, information has come to light about a series of intercepts made on U.S. Predator and Reaper drones by Russian fighters operating all over the war-torn country.