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There is an Air War still going on in Syria

SyAAF MiG-23 2013-12-24

Syrian Arab Air Force bombers are constantly pounding rebel forces across Syria.

Sukhoi Su-24 Fencer, Mig-29 Fulcrum and Mig-23 Flogger bombers are those most frequently depicted in footage emerging on a daily basis from Damascus, Idlib and any other city or village where loyalist forces fight Free Syrian Army insurgents.

Noteworthy, clear blue skies and better cameras are providing some clearer shots of the Syrian planes usually operating at high altitude.

Furthermore, Assad planes are also continuing to threaten Turkey’s borders: according to a Turkish military statement, on Dec. 27, two Turkish Air Force F-16s were scrambled to intercept a Syrian Su-24 that approached the border.

The SyAAF Fencer moved away from the border when it was only 5 nautical miles from violating the Turkish airspace.

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Similar incidents have already taken place several times since a Turkish RF-4E was shot down in Syrian airspace in Jun. 2012. On Sept. 16, a Syrian Mi-17 Hip helicopter was shot down by a Turkish F-16 after flying into Ankara’s airspace for 2 km ignoring any warning.

SyAAF MiG-23MF Idleb-Kafrunbel 2013-12-21

 

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From the cockpit: F-16 solo, diving towards the ground while turning and releasing flares

TuAF F-16 Solo

Another amazing cockpit shot.

This one was taken from the Solo Türk, the F-16 solo aerobatics display team of the Turkish Air Force during a display in Girne, Kyrenia, Cyprus.

While diving and turning, the pilot released flares, high-temperature heat sources used to mislead surface-to-air or air-to-air missile’s heat-seeking targeting systems, creating the pyrotechnic visual effect you can see behind the plane.

H/T to Tolga Şansal for pointing us to this shot.

Image credit: Solo Türk

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Syrian Air Force becoming increasingly aggressive near Turkish border

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Whereas the news spread that Syria may have relocated some of its warplanes in Iran, to save them from an eventual U.S. attack, on Oct. 6, the Turkish General Staff made a press announcement about the increased activity by the Syrian Arab Air Force close to the border with Turkey on Oct. 5.

According to the Turkish authorities

Two Turkish F-16′s took off from Diyarbakr 8 AJU at 07.50LT on Oct. 5 and established a Combat Air Patrol around Gaziantep – Hatay region. During their mission:

a) A SyAAF Su-24 Fencer approached south of Oncupinar, Kilis, followed by the CAP package to be directed towards it. The Fencer broke off its course 5.6 nautical miles (NM) to the border.

b) A SyAAF Su-24 (it is unclear whether this was the same) approached Cilvegozu, Hatay province. The same package directed to intercept it, which broke off course 8.6 NM from border.

c) A SyAAF Su-24 (still unclear whether this was the same) flew close to Oncupinar. The F-16s flew to the area and the Fencer withdrew 10nm from the border.

The CAP package completed its mission on 11.59 LT.

The second flight of 2 F-16s, which took off from Incirlik 10 AJU, started CAP around Gaziantep – Hatay from 11.24LT.

A SyAAF Mi-17 Hip (hence, the same of type of helicopter shot down by a Turkish Air Force F-16 last month) approached Karbeyaz, Hatay. The CAP package were directed there and the Mi-17 broke off course 4nm from the border.

The patrol flight completed CAP at 15.25LT.

The next flight of 2 F-16s took off from Incirlik and conducted CAP at the same region between 15.03 and 19.20LT, without any incident.

Noteworthy, the Su-24 Fencer attack plane seems to be Damascus’s asset of choice to perform this kind of actions: few weeks ago Assad launched some Fencers in the eastern Mediterranean Sea allegedly to probe Cyprus air defenses.

Image credit: TuAF

H/T to Arda Mevlutoglu for translating on the ACIG forum the Turkish press release

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And here’s the official statement of the Syrian Armed Forces about the downing of a helicopter on the Turkish border

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Provided the following is genuine (since it was published on Facebook, it is hard to determine its authentiticy), it represents the official statement of the General Command of the Syrian Armed Forces, about the downing of the Mi-17 by an F-16 from 181 Filo.

The text is published so as it appeared on the Internet (hence, with some errors in the translation).

A military helicopter had been lost on Monday afternoon “09/16/2013″ during the a reconnaissance sorties to control the infiltration of terrorists across the Turkish border in “Alyonseah” area near the village of “Bdama” in the countryside of Latakia.

After the investigates shows that helicopter mistakenly entered Turkish airspace for a short distance and then returned towards the Syrian territory immediately upon receipt the competent guidance from the command center.

During the exit of the helicopter, a Turkish warplanes have targeted it directly to fall inside Syrian territory.
The hasty reaction from the Turkish side, especially that the plane was on the way back, and were not charged in any combat missions, is nothing but a proof of “Erdogan” government’s true intentions toward the Syria in straining the atmosphere and the escalation of the situation on the border between the two countries.

In other words, the helicopter was neither fleeing nor performing any bombing run. According to the Syrian authorities, it was flying a border control mission when it violated the Turkish airspace and was attacked by the 181 Filo F-16 deployed to Malatya airbase while egressing it.

The Turkish aircraft probably used an AIM-9 Sidewinder IR guided air-to-air missile to down the Mi-17 Hip.
Once hit, the helicopter fell into the ground about half kilometer from the border, on the Syrian side. The crew members escaped the chopper with their parachutes and survived the crash, but they were captured by Syrian rebels and killed (beheaded).

There are so many similarities with the downing of a Turkish Air Force RF-4E inside the Syrian airspace on Jun. 22, 2012.

H/T to Strategy Reports for the heads-up

Image credit: TuAF

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Here’s how the Turkish F-16 shot down a Syrian Mil Mi-17 Hip helicopter today

TuAF shot down

More details about the downing of a Syrian helicopter are emerging.

Turkish General Staff released a statement and published the radar track history regarding the incident.

Here’s how the incident unfold:

1. The Syrian Mi-17 Hip was first detected as possible intruder and immediately tracked by the Diyarbakir CAOC (Combined Air Operations Center) at 13:41 LT, while it was 26 NM (nautical miles) from the border.

2. CAOC repeatedly issued warnings to the helicopters until it was 5 NM from the border

3. The helicopter intruded Turkish airspace at 14:25 near Guvecci Gendarmerie Post at Yayladag, Hatay province at 14,200 ft and 2km depth.

4. Two F-16Cs that were on CAP (Combat Air Patrol) nearby were diverted to intercept the helicopter

5. The helicopter was shot down at 14:27 and crashed at 1km within the Syrian side of the border.

Here below you can see a video showing the Syrian helicopter falling to the ground after being hit.

And in the following video you can see the wreckage of the downed Hip.


H/T to Arda Mevlutoglu for translating the additional details about the interception

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