Category Archives: Syria

[Video] Syrian Mig-21 leaks fuel, catches fire

Syrian Fishbed emergency caught on video

Filmed at Daraa, in southwestern Syria, the following video shows a Syrian Arab Air Force Mig-21 Fishbed seemingly leaking fuel before fire developed.

It’s not clear whether the aircraft sustained battle damage to its starboard wing or the leak was caused by something else. The video does not even show if the pilot was forced to eject (most probably he had to abandon the Mig-21 considered that a huge fire is clearly visible at the end of the footage leaving little room to any other option).

H/T to Matt Fanning for sending the link over.

 

Video shows Syrian Arab Air Force Su-22 Fitter jet during rocket attack on Aleppo

Assad’s Su-22 Fitters are a constant presence in the Syrian Air War.

The following footage, recorded last week, shows a Syrian Arab Air Force Su-22M-4K Fitter fire S-8 rockets at a ground target at Aleppo, Syria.

Su-22s have been employed against Syrian insurgents since the second half of 2012.

There are several videos (most of those of poor quality) available on Youtube and Liveleak showing Syrian  Su-22s as well as other fighter bombers, using unguided munitions against rebel position at low and medium altitude (and remarkable use of flares for self-defense from MANPADS).

It’s not easy to film a fast jet maneuvering to perform a rocket strike attack. Still, looks like someone managed to do it pretty well.

 

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[Video] Here’s What It’s Like Being On The Receiving End Of A MiG-21’s bomb in Syria

Rule: if you see a Syrian warplane maneuver to drop a bomb on you, you better run!

Do you remember the video showing a Syrian Mig-29 strafe the cameraman who was filming the Fulcrum in Syria?

Here’s another footage showing a Mig-21 Fishbed drop a bomb quite close to the position of the Syrian rebel who was filming it.

Once again, better not film the attack from the target’s point of view.

H/T to @Johnnyrocket69 for the heads-up

 

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Iranian UAV spotted over Syria could be a heavily modified drone (with Predator inputs)

A better look at the images of the Iranian drone emerged so far highlighted something interesting.

New screenshots coming from Syria give a better view of the Shahed 129 spotted over Damascus on Apr. 10.

Noteworthy, such photos show that the version used by the Syrian Armed Forces of the made-in-Iran UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle), is sensibly different by the one unveiled in September 2013 in Tehran.

Indeed, the remotely piloted aircraft features a nose section whose shape resembles that of a U.S. Predator/Reaper and a tall antenna mounted on top of it.

Judge by comparing the image on top with the following one:

US MQ-9

Image credit: U.S. Air Force

This seemingly extensive modifications make the drone’s front part more similar to an MQ-9/1 than a Israeli Hermes 450 model.

Iran is not unfamiliar with domestic modifications to western drones: they have been able to recover/capture some U.S. remotely piloted aircraft, including a Scan Eagle (and the famous stealthy RQ-170).

The question is: did they put their hands on some parts of an MQ-9 as well?

 H/T to Kasra Ghanbari for the heads-up

 

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Iranian Shahed 129 drone appears over Damascus

Footage filmed in Syria once again shows a made-in-Iran drone flying over Damascus.

A “Shahed 129″, type of drone based on the Israeli Hermes 450 model or the Watchkeeper 450 model, but larger than those types, was spotted over Syria on Apr. 10.

The Shahed 129 is a remotely piloted vehicle claimed to have an endurance of 24 hours and an operative range up to 2,000 kilometers. Noteworthy, in September 2013, Tehran unveiled a version of Shahed 129 domestically modified to carry weapons, making the Iranian drone a real UCAV (Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicle).

Still, the Shahed filmed today doesn’t seem to carry any weapon, at least based on the blurry images currently available.

It’s not the first time a new Iranian drone was delivered to Assad: in November 2013, a Yasir drone, a modified copy of the Boeing ScanEagle (captured by the Iranians in 2012) was filmed over Damascus suburb Hujaira AlBalad, in Syria.

The comment we made back then is still valid today: it’s at least funny how fast any “new” Iranian UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) is delivered to Assad’s forces.

 

H/T to @hlk01 for the heads-up

 

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