Russia claims to have “fried” the electronics of US F-15 fighter
MOSCOW, ($1=73.52 Russian Rubles) – Several Russian electronic publications, known for disseminating unconfirmed information, as well as for their highly propagandistic journalistic material, claim that an American F-15 fighter has had an accident as a result of electronic jamming.
Polit Russia, quoted by Aviapro, writes that near Syria цit is not specified where exactly, but it is assumed Iraq – ed.;, An American F-15 pilot was forced to return the fighter to the base after the electronic systems of the fighter gradually have begun to refuse during the flight. “The pilot deviated from the course under the influence of unknown energy and had to return to the base,” Russian journalists said.
According to them, after inspecting the fighter in the base of the maintenance working group, it was found that a large part of the electronics was “fried”. The Russians speculate that this happened after the Russian military tested the Russian electronic warfare system RB-109A Bylina. [It is not clear how the Russian journalists found out that there was an inspection at the base and that this is what established the inspection – ed.]
“It is assumed that the American fighter accidentally fell into the area of operation of the Russian RB-109A Bylina EW complex, which can be tested in the conditions of the Middle East region,” the Russian articles say.
So far, there is no official confirmation from the United States whether such an incident has occurred, and there is no official confirmation of the same from Russia.
BulgarianMilitary.com reminds you of the following facts:
- American fighters do not fly in Syrian airspace but fly near the border. If that happens, history shows that the United States uses its fighters only for airstrikes, after a pre-approved operation. So far they are few;
- American fighters do not fly singly anywhere. They are always at least in pairs;
- Russia has several electronic warfare complexes in Syria. So far, Russia has officially confirmed that it has “fried” the electronics of an Israeli drone near the Golan Heights.
BulgarianMilitary.com investigated the information flow of this news and found that the source was not Russia, but the Chinese state news agency Baijiahao. The article on the article to the Chinese agency also does not provide an official US statement on the incident, and the whole article is based on assumptions about an event that is not known if it happened at all.
The civil war in Syria
The Syrian civil war has been going on for almost a decade. Attempts by movements such as the Syrian Democratic Forces to overthrow Syrian President Bashar al-Assad have failed.
The Syrian democratic forces are armed by allies and the United States, while the Syrian army is armed mainly by Russia. Russia is the only country officially invited to Syria by President Bashar al-Assad.
In 2017, the United States launched a massive missile strike on Bashar al-Assad’s forces after a report emerged that the Syrian president had used chemical weapons to attack his people in the country. Syria and Russia deny such actions.
During his tenure, US President Donald Trump decided to withdraw much of US troops from Syria, leaving several troops to guard Syria’s oil fields on the pretext of “falling into the hands of Islamic State.”
With the withdrawal of the United States, Turkey comes to the fore, declaring it necessary to deal with the Kurds and the PKK movement in the northern part of the country, which borders Turkey. That is why Erdogan is sending troops in an attempt to build a stable and secure 30km zone between Syria and Turkey, which will prevent future terrorist attacks on Turkish territory, as it is.
In February 2020, Turkey lost at least 62 troops killed in Syria. Nearly 100 soldiers were wounded, Syrian-backed forces destroyed dozens of Turkish armored vehicles, and more than ten drones, including drones, were shot down. Washington has repeatedly accused Moscow of involvement in the deaths of Turkish soldiers, Russia rejects these allegations.
In early March 2020, the presidents of Russia and Turkey, Vladimir Putin and Recep Tayyip Erdogan, agreed that 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 use military power.
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 several 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. Militants are loyal to Ankara and support Turkey.
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