Here’s The Video Of The Syrian Su-22 Fitter Being Shot Down By A U.S. Navy F/A-18E Super Hornet

F/A-18E Super Hornet vs Su-22 Fitter near Raqqa, as seen through the Hornet’s ATFLIR.

On Jun. 18, F/A-18E Super Hornet belonging to the VFA-87 “Golden Warriors” and piloted by Lt. Cmdr. Michael “Mob” Tremel,” shot down a Syrian Arab Air Force Su-22 Fitter near the town of Resafa (40 km to the southwest of Raqqa, Syria).

The VFA-31 Tomcatters, also embarked on USS George Bush (CVN-77) supporting Operation Inherent Resolve from the Mediterranean Sea back then, have included footage of the aerial engagement, filmed with their ATFLIR (Advanced Targeting Forward Looking Infra Red) pod, in their 2017 OIR cruise video.

Here below you can see the relevant part of the cruise video, the one that shows the AIM-120 AMRAAM (Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missile) hitting the Syrian Sukhoi (from two different angles – maybe because other Hornets filmed the scene) and then the Fitter crashing into the ground.


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  1. Actually this happened several times during the last year, when couple of Russian aircraft (Su-34s) repeatedly executed air raids on U.S.-backed groups in Syria, some sources even claim that U.S. servicemen were located near those areas too (next time they should think twice whether it is a good idea to help terrorists Russia is annihilating on daily basis), and we had a clear chance to see what would U.S. do in such situation when there are not just obsolete Syrian aircraft but advanced Russian aircraft flying around. The agreement between Russia and other sides of the conflict is another thing why Russian and U.S. aircraft should not engage each other, everything will be alright if everyone will stick to this.

    Buk-M is till this day capable air defense system against everything that doesn’t use some kind of electronic warfare. But something different goes for aircraft that use active electronic warfare suite, like the Su-34 on its first combat missions in Georgia what showed that Georgian air defense is no match for the Russian Air Force.

    Interesting that even during this year U.S. lost more aircraft due to various mishaps/accidents than Russia lost during the last 2 years, then say something about the last 4 year period.

    The success in Syria and the liberation of the country is enough reason for the Russian Air Force to boast about, but that can’t be said about the USAF that is suffering because of its never-ending multibillion dollar projects.

    • I didn’t claim any shoot downs. Rather the onus is the original poster (for his dubious claims). And he choked……bad!

      • This is a response to the original claim that Israelis shot down numerous Syrian aircraft without any losses. A counter claim was presented.

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