Here’s the alleged Audio of the Turkish Air Force warning the Russian Su-24 before downing it

Hear a Turkish Air Force radar station warning an unknown aircraft about to enter the Turkish airspace.

On Nov. 24, a Russian Air Force Su-24M belonging to the contingent deployed to Latakia, in western Syria, was shot down by a Turkish Air Force F-16 after violating Ankara’s airspace in the Hatay region.

Here you can find all the details about the downing and subsequent CSAR (Combat SAR) mission launched by Russian choppers, one of those was destroyed by rebels on the ground, where the helicopter had performed an emergency landing.

The two Russian pilots, who ejected from the Su-24 in flames, died in the incident (it’s still unclear whether at least one of them died before it touched the ground or was killed by the rebels who reportedly gunned the two parachutes).

According to the Turkish authorities, the Russian plane was warned 10 times in 5 minutes while it approached the boundary with another Su-24, before it was engaged.

The violation was extremely short: flying at 19,000 feet, the Fencer crossed the Turkish airspace for 17 seconds. While one of the Fencers egressed towards the Syrian airspace, the doomed Su-24 was hit by an air-to-air missile (AIM-9X, based on the Russian report that mentions an IR-guided weapon; other sources suggested it may have been an AIM-120).

Interestingly, the Russian MoD denied any warning was radioed (by the F-16) to the Russian Su-24 at all.

This may be true because it was for sure a Turkish Air Force radar station to warn the Russian plane and to urge it to head south, away from the border.

The following audio was recorded on the international UHF Emergency frequency 243.000 MHz by a reader who wishes to remain anonymous. We have no way to verify whether the audio was really recorded earlier today and we must highlight that similar messages have been radioed to unknown/Russian aircraft in the vicinity of the Turkish airspace in the past as well and recorded/heard by radio-hams and airband listeners located in Turkey and Greece.

However, some Turkish media outlets have already published a similar recording released by the TuAF in the aftermath of the shoot-down.

Provided it was recorded today, the audio would confirm both the Turkish and Russian versions: the TuAF radar warned the “unknown” plane (as claimed by Ankara) and it was not one of the F-16 to radio the message to the Su-24 (as claimed by Moscow).

Now, listen to the audio (if you can’t see the player below click here):

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  1. Any idea what MM041 is (other than SLOOOW)? I’m assuming MM141 is the f16 high tailing it north after engaging…..

  2. It’s only logical that the Russian jet allegedly nicked slightly the Turkish border. Turkey is notoriously known for its appetites over this region. Turkey represents a main source of income for ISIS, buying their cheap oil that gets delivered through the extremely porous Turkish border. This is not an accident but rather a retaliation backed up by NATO by default, though some of the EU members – Germany – quickly dissociated from Turkey’s actions, others restrained from commenting on the subject. Moreover, Russia-France military cooperation is already official. These mixed signals speak volumes that not all NATO members are on the same page regarding this incident. Even to the not very acute observer should be clear by now that the alleged crossing was an incident and not an act of aggression. It never represented a threat to Turkey in any way conceivable. To call the jet’s downing an overreaction is simply an understatement. Hopefully the S-400 missile system will keep the Turks at bay before they get any funny thoughts next time.

  3. Because as the Turks say, there was no warning by the F-16, nor VR contact. This is what the Turks say.

      • Assuming the Unidentified planes you’re “warning”, are so, the actual interceptors go in, and establish Visual Range contact. If for what ever reason, still no answer. The 9/6 position including a burst of gun fire, would clearly indicate to the intruder they’re not in the right place and they should leave. The CAP buddy standing at 6 o’clock should insure that no funny things are tried by the intruder.

        • Okay, so I understand “VR contact” refers to visual identification of a potential target.

          Now, what exactly does your posting contribute to anwering my question? Assumed you were right and minding the assumption I made initially that the Russian pilot was in Turkish airspace (which we don’t know for sure of course), why would all this make him admit this violation, when denying it only supports his government’s official position?

          Oh, and why exactly do you emphasize, that Turkish authorities say the Russian pilot hasn’t been warned by the F-16, ignoring that they also say that he has been warned by a radar station? Are you trying to pass this incident as a Turkish plot perhaps?!

  4. Read my comment instead of coming up with illogical claims about what I was saying and then telling me about logic!

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