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