Turkish F-16 fighter jet shot down a Syrian L-39 military aircraft
DAMASCUS, (BM) – A few minutes ago a Syrian military aircraft L-39 was shot down in the southern part of Idlib, learned BulgarianMilitary.com citing a tweet of the official Twitter account of Turkish Ministry of National Defence.
Başarıyla devam eden Bahar Kalkanı Harekatı kapsamında Rejime ait bir L-39 tipi savaş uçağı düşürülmüştür.— T.C. Millî Savunma Bakanlığı (@tcsavunma) March 3, 2020
The aircraft was hit by an air-to-air missile launched by a Turkish F-16 fighter. Data on the loss of a combat aircraft was confirmed by both the Turkish and Syrian sides, however, at the moment the fate of the crew remains unknown.
It is known that a Syrian plane was shot down near the city of Maraat en-Nuuman, while the Turkish F-16 fighter did not enter Syrian airspace, firing a rocket with a range that was practically limit for it.
At the same time, Syrian air defense systems made no attempt to hit a Turkish combat aircraft, which raises a number of doubts about how effectively the Syrian military controls airspace on the border with Turkey.
The Russian side has not yet commented on the information that has appeared, although the Russian S-400 deployed at the Khmeimim airbase should have noticed a Turkish fighter and transferred operational data to Syrian air defense systems.
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