Syria received second batch of modernized MiG-29 fighters from Russia
DAMASCUS, (BM) – The Syrian army received a second batch of advanced MiG-29 fighters from Russia, learned BulgarianMilitary.com citing the Russian embassy in Syria statement.
“The Syrians are already starting to carry out missions on these aircraft,” the diplomatic mission said. The exact number of aircraft was not indicated there.
BulgarianMilitary.com recallst that just a few days ago the Syrian Air forces received the first batch of modernized MiG-29s.
“These aircraft are more efficient than their previous generation, and they performed their flights from the Khmeimim base to military airfields throughout the country” SAA source told AMN reportr.
By the beginning of the conflict in Syria, the armed forces of the country had several dozen MiG-29s, which had been supplied since the early 1980s, RIA Novosti reported.
BulgarianMilitary.com recalls that in past months several Israeli airstrikes were successfully carried out on Iranian targets located in Syria, but then the Syrian fighters failed to counter them.
BulgarianMilitary.com has learned that delivered MiG-29s to Al-Assad’s forces aren’t the latest version of the fighter, which is MiG-29/35 Fulcrum. Probably it’s about MiG-29SM developed for the syrian air forces and based on the MiG-29SM, which uses the 9.12 airframe.
At the end of May, Russian President Vladimir Putin instructed the Ministry of Defense and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to negotiate with Syria on the transfer of additional real estate and water in the Syrian coast. Russia has two bases in Syria – the aviation Khmeimim in the Latakia region and the sea in Tartus.
In February, Turkey lost at least 62 troops killed in Syria, nearly 100 soldiers were wounded, dozens of Turkish armored vehicles were destroyed and more than ten drones, including drone, were shot down. Washington has repeatedly accused Moscow of involvement in the deaths of Turkish soldiers, Russia rejects these allegations.
In early March, the presidents of Russia and Turkey, Vladimir Putin and Recep Tayyip Erdogan, concluded an agreement according to which a ceasefire came into force in the Idlib de-escalation zone.
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad later said that if the US and Turkish military did not leave the country, Damascus would be able to use force.
The reason for the Russian-Turkish negotiations was a sharp aggravation of the situation in Idlib, where in January a large-scale offensive by the Syrian army against the positions of the armed opposition and terrorists began.
Government forces recaptured nearly half of the Idlib de-escalation zone and left behind a number of Turkish observation posts. After that, Ankara sharply increased its military contingent in the region and launched the operation “Spring Shield” to push the Syrian troops. Turkey is also supported by militants loyal to it.
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