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.
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
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:
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
Footage filmed in Syria once again shows a made-in-Iran drone flying over Damascus.
“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
You can find it in
Drones, Rogue States, Syria Tags: Boeing Insitu ScanEagle, Damascus, Elbit Hermes 450, Iran, Shahed 129, Syria, Unmanned Aerial Vehicle, Watchkeeper WK450 on . April 10, 2014
Assad’s choppers now capable to perform dual barrel bomb attacks.
Footage released lately by SMART Syria news agency shows a
Mil Mi-25 (the export version of the Soviet Mil Mi-24 Hind) dropping two improvised barrel bombs, on Free Syrian Army positions.
Since they were used for the first time in combat, single 1,500 – 2,000 lb bombs made of barrels filled with explosives, shrapnel or oil were dropped by the cargo door of the
Mi-8/17 Hip helicopter or the wing pylons of the Mi-25 gunships one at a time.
Now it seems the Syrian Hinds have got the capability to drop two at a time, with doubled devastating effects: according to some sources, barrel bombs have caused some 20,000 casualties since the beginning of the uprising in 2011.