Syrian Mig-29 Fulcrum jets appear in the skies over Damascus during ground attack missions

Oct 22 2013 - 4 Comments

It looks like Assad has decided to use Syrian Arab Air Force (SyAAF) Mig-29 aircraft to attack rebel forces in Syria.

The image in this post (published on a Facebook page that covers SyAAF news) clearly shows a Syrian Fulcrum flying over Damascus with B-8 pods for 80 mm unguided rockets.

The photograph is particularly interesting because it not only witnesses the appearance of the SyAAF Fulcrum in the air war against the Free Syrian Army (FSA), but it also marks its use as an air-to-surface platform to deliver unguided weapons.

In other words, after being kept away from the war, the Mig-29 is currently being used against ground targets with “dumb” weapons that require it to fly at lower altitudes, most probably well within the MANPADS range.

Is Assad running short of all its other warplanes?

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  • Flyn_Bryan

    VERY interesting. What is Assad’s inventory on Mig29s?

    • michael

      around 80 old versions of mig 29′s plus around 70 mi25 and a couple of hundreds mig 21/23 and su 22/24

      • Flyn_Bryan

        Thanks Michael!

  • Richard S.

    The gun-sighting system of the MiG-29 is very good which would give greater accuracy to the dumb rockets