Russian MiG-29s are still effective. Turkish Hawk systems were destroyed

WARSAW, (BM) – Several media informed last week that in the vicinity of Sirte in Libya, two MiG-29 fighters destroyed Turkish Hawk anti-aircraft batteries in the last days of July 2020.

Confirmation of this message will mean that the Russian MiGs can still be very effective, even in the most difficult missions – combating air defense systems.

Such kind of comment was made the Polish experts from local news agency Defence24.

It only knows that two MiG-29 fighter-bombers attacked the short-range air defense system [probably the MIM-23 Hawk type], which was deployed by the Turks near Sirte. The raid was intended to hinder preparations for an attack on this Libyan city led by the Turkish army and forces under the Government of National Unity (GNA).

According to yet unconfirmed information, the attack was carried out in such a way that the anti-aircraft defense failed to use the weapons. It is therefore assumed that the system’s radars failed to detect incoming aircraft, possibly due to the application of strong electronic interference.

So far, various data are provided on the losses suffered by Turkish troops as a result of the raid. The informants indicate both the destruction of one system, and [which is less likely] the destruction of even three fire stations and one system.

It is also uncertain who piloted the attacking planes. Sources point to MiG-29 fighters officially handed over to Libyans from the Syrian air force. However, the very method of conducting the raid, as well as its effectiveness, indicate the presence of Russian pilots.

The more that it was not the first attack of this kind. It is estimated that the Turkish offensive against Syrta has already been prevented three times with the help of the “Syrian” MiG-29.

Moreover, at the beginning of July 2020, a similar raid was successfully carried out on the Al-Watiya air base defended by Turkish Hawk anti-aircraft batteries. Four “anti-aircraft systems” were destroyed then, and also in this case without any countermeasures.

This means that already then a way was found to effectively disrupt the Turkish batteries, preventing their crew from launching rockets. The attack was carried out by at least four planes firing nine missiles.

So far, no analyzes have yet emerged to explain how the MiG-29, often considered “obsolete”, could penetrate NATO’s anti-aircraft systems, in addition to countermeasures.

In this case, we cannot speak of untrained personnel or poor technical condition of weapon systems. Because no reasonable person sends defective equipment to foreign missions without properly trained operators.

Therefore, this may be another proof that the MiG-29 planes still have a very high combat potential, if they are equipped with modern precision weapons and are piloted by well-trained pilots, additionally using appropriate tactics.


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