Video: Syrian Mig-23 destroyed on the ground by the rebels

Mar 14 2012 - 4 Comments

This video, allegedly filmed on Mar. 7, 2012, shows rebels hitting a Syrian Arab Air Force Mig-23MS on the ground at  Abu-Dhahur air base in the north west region of Idlib, with an AT-13 Saxhorn-2 (NATO designation for the Russian 9K115-2 Metis-M Anti-tank).

According to the Scramble Database, Abu-Dhahur is the home base of the 678 Sqn of the SyAAF.

Thanks to Bjørn Holst Jespersen for the heads-up

  • http://www.milavia.blogspot.com Alex

    Full destroyed? I doubt.

    • http://theaviationist.com/ David Cenciotti

      I agree, damaged, maybe beyond repair, but not completely destroyed.

  • Scott Cunningham

    Nice shot. Not complete kill (its a small ATGM, warhead about as big as a soda can), but I doubt it will fly again in this war. The ATGM gunner showed a decent proficiency with the weapon. He knew what he was doing. Pre-firing checks, setup, establish firing position, take the shot (accurately and quickly), and exfil the area. Well done.

  • Noah Rechtin

    I found a video that appears to show the MiG-23 after the attack. The circumstances appear to be the same: the aircraft is sitting in front of a hardened aircraft shelter and has damage on the tail consistent with the rocket attack. If this is indeed the same aircraft, it hasn’t been moved in months. The aircraft appears @ 3:42 in the video.

    http://www.nytimes.com/video/2012/09/27/world/middleeast/100000001809375/fighting-for-idlib.html