A Russian Su-34 Fullback bomber has violated the Turkish airspace yesterday

Jan 30 2016 - 64 Comments

It looks like it has happened again….

Turkey has summoned the Russian envoy after a Russian Air Force Su-34 Fullback bomber allegedly violated the Turkish airspace during a mission from Hmeymim airbase, near Latakia, in northwestern Syria.

The incident, took place on Friday Jan. 29, and according to Ankara, several warnings in Russian and in English were radioed to aircraft: in other words, something similar to what happened little more than 2 month ago, on Nov. 24, 2015, when a Su-24 Fencer was shot down by a Turkish Air Force F-16 near the border with Syria.

However, unlike the last violation, that eventually led to the downing of the Fencer (and the death of one of the two crew members) this time, the Russian Su-34 was not shot down (even though we don’t really know if the Turkish Air Force attempted to…)

In a statement, the Turkish Foreign Ministry said: “We are making a clear call to the Russian Federation not to violate Turkish airspace, which is also NATO airspace.”

Perhaps, the Turkish authorities don’t want to further escalate the crisis with Russia caused by the Su-24 incident: following the Fencer shootdown, Russia equipped its planes flying in Syria with air-to-air missiles for self-defense, escorted the bombers with Su-30 Flankers, sent a S-400 missile system to Hmeymin airbase and moved the S-300F-equipped Moskva guided-missile destroyer off Latakia, enforcing a MEZ (Missile Engagement Zone) over Syria.

Anyway, what’s worth noticing is that the Russian planes continue to breach into the Turkish airspace every now and then, in spite of the warnings, onboard navigation systems and the risk of being engaged by the TuAF: it all started on Oct. 3 and 4, when a Russian Air Force Su-30SM and Su-24 aircraft reportedly violated the Turkish sovereign airspace in the Hatay region causing the NATO to protest. TuAF F-16s in QRA (Quick Reaction Alert) were scrambled to identify the intruders and according to Turkish sources a Russian Su-30SM maintained a radar lock on one or both the F-16s for a full 5 minutes and 40 seconds!

Following the incident Ankara said it would shot down any aircraft violating their sovereign airspace as done in the past with the Syrian Mig-23 and Mi-17 maintaining the promise on Nov. 24, 2015, when the doomed Su-24 entered its sovereign airspace for 17 seconds.

Image credit: Russia MoD

 

  • WHOHE

    It’s right here.

  • WHOHE

    The russian base that is being protected by S-400s are only 30-40 kms from the Turkish border. Well within range of turkish rocket artillery.

    And Turkish fighters armed with SOM’s don’t have to get near the S-400. They can launch over a hundred miles away flying below the S-400s X-band line of sight. And there you go.

    • Vas

      Its seems you don’t know much about military stuff, first there are 2 bases that have S400, one yes is very close to the border, the other is out of artillery range. As for F-16 with SOMs, well thats why Russia has sent the Beriev A-50M airborn radar, it will detect long before the turkish F16s and give the coordinates via datalink to S400 fire control radar, plus all S400 are being protected by SHORAD AA system aka Pantsir S2 which is design to shoot down missiles, smart bombs, helo and planes.

  • WHOHE

    Because rt said so? Turkish SOM is low observable cruise missile. Good luck.

  • Dr. Douglas Fargo

    It is still a better radar than found on Russian planes, and to top it all the S-400 can be destroyed with a ARM.

  • Dr. Douglas Fargo

    An ARM missile destroying one of those and with the shrapnel damaging the rest is enough to invalidate the S-400

    • nikoliy

      I find your arguments lack any kind of actual knowledge about the subject so I will be ignoring your replies from now on. If you actualy have some facts please provide us with a source.

  • Dr. Douglas Fargo

    Reading Sputnik and RT news much? Remember, Russia used the same excuse when they invaded Poland and Finland and the genocide they caused in Ukraine and Warsaw pact countries.

    • Bez

      The fact remains that Georgia started a war in 2008, with American backing, that Russia stopped.

  • Bez

    Georgia attacked and tried to annex two territories, with American backing, in 2008. Russia stopped it.

    No proof for any Russian so-called “invasion” of Crimea.

  • Roland Lawrence

    What about this “buffer zone” that turkey keeps? Its meant to be a 5 KM inside syria giving their guys cover. How are they policing that now? Are they still flying there?

  • Cody3/75

    First of all, it doesn’t have a rear facing radar. Are you talking about the “stinger” between the exhaust cans? Yeah that doesn’t house a radar. It was going to, but never happened. Lastly, nobody has systems that allow one fighter to use it’s air-to-air missiles against other air-to-air missiles fired against it. Nobody has ever even tried.

    Why do you think the US is implementing lasers for that purpose if missiles worked. You can’t even see a missile the size of an AMRAAM, R-27, Sidewinder, etc on radar.

  • Allen Hill

    I wonder if Russa would sell us one of their S-4oo missile systems. Maybe some of their SCRAM missiles and some of their off target shot air to air missiles??

  • Allen Hill

    Doc, Are you not avoiding the claims of Democratic main funder that “We have spent 500 million dollars to overthrow the Ukrainian government”. Do not forget the agreements President Reagan so carefully crafted with the USSR which resulted in the standing down the Cold War and bringing some sanity to this insane world. WE, not the Russians are in direct violation. We are our worse enemy. We do not even know who our president is! This is insanity.

    • Dr. Douglas Fargo

      Once again, stop defending fascism. You pretty well how russia has violated all the accords and international law for doing what it is doing in Ukraine and elsewhere.

  • Allen Hill

    One or more tactical nukes can do the job nicely. We are way over our head in the Middle East. This could and probably turn into WW III.

  • Allen Hill

    It has been widely reported that NATO is training ISIS and other terrorists inside Turkey with the Turks helping. They are training the terrorists to use modern American weapons including Stinger shoulder launched anti-aircraft missiles and the well proven TOW anti-tank missiles along with other NATO weapons they have provided these terrorists with. Yes, we are our own worse enemies!