Sudan gets second hand Belarusian Su-24 Fencer attack planes. And here are some photos.

It looks like that the sort-of mystery surrounding the fate of a dozen Su-24 Fencer attack planes withdrawn from use by Belarus Air Force was solved.

Akram Kharief, the editor of Secret Difa 3, a blog focusing on defense topics in the Maghreb region, wrote to The Aviationist to let us know that instead of being transfered to Yemen, as initially rumored, the Russian bombers were spotted in Wadi Sayyidna Air Base near Um Dorman in Sudan, together with Belarusian personnel and crews.


As Kharief highlights in his blog post, Sudanese air forces have already recently received a batch of second hand Su-25 Frogfoot from Belarus, aircraft that are inteded to be used for COIN (Counter Insurgency) and CAS (Close Air Support) tasks across the country.

Sudanese air forces have faced a long internal conflict in the southern areas that eventually led to the independence of the South Sudan. Tension still remains in the regions of Abiye and Kordofan where, according to Kharief, a war might break out for the control of the oil worthy area.

An even worst scenario is possible:

“Sudan is also in the middle of a possible future conflict for war, especially after the sudden decision of the Ethiopian government to erect a dam across the Nile, causing the fury of Egypt, whose authorities clearly threatened the African horn’s country of military retaliation.”


Image credit: Akram Kharief

Even if a war in the Horn of Africa is quite unlikely (as well as almost suicidal for Khartoum, considered the financial conditions of the country following the secession of South Sudan, which contained over 80 percent of Sudan’s oilfields), the induction of the Su-24s in the Sudanese Air Force orbat is believed to significantly boost Sudan’s firepower (provided they are in good conditions).


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David Cenciotti is a journalist based in Rome, Italy. He is the Founder and Editor of “The Aviationist”, one of the world’s most famous and read military aviation blogs. Since 1996, he has written for major worldwide magazines, including Air Forces Monthly, Combat Aircraft, and many others, covering aviation, defense, war, industry, intelligence, crime and cyberwar. He has reported from the U.S., Europe, Australia and Syria, and flown several combat planes with different air forces. He is a former 2nd Lt. of the Italian Air Force, a private pilot and a graduate in Computer Engineering. He has written five books and contributed to many more ones.