The Il-76 that failed UN’s first aid air-drop in Syria was escorted by Russian Su-35s

A Su-35 is visible in this screenshot from the video of the air drop.

WFP Il-76 was escorted by Russian Air Force Su-35s over Syria.

On Feb. 24, UN agency World Food Program, performed a first attempt to air-drop humanitarian aid to Syrians from high altitude using a Russian Il-76 airlifter.

However, the air-drop was largely a failure: out of 21 pallets dropped over Deir al-Zour, in the eastern part of Syria, 10 were unaccounted for, seven landed in no-man’s land and four were damaged.

Interestingly, the UN plane, departed from Amman, Jordan, and trackable online through ADS-B thanks to, was escorted by Russian Air Force Su-35S aircraft deployed to Hmeymim airbase.

WFP Il-76

You can see at least one Su-35 Flanker in the video released after the air-drop.

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