DAMASCUS, (BM) – On September 21, a Syrian fighter jet was shot down on Syrian territory. Initial comments were that an Israeli F-16 fighter had managed to take down an obsolete Syrian machine. However, BulgarianMilitary.com learned from Russian media and local sources that the Syrian fighter jet had been shot down by an Israeli anti-aircraft missile system.
What was officially confirmed by the Syrian Ministry of Defense was that the pilot crew of the fighter failed to eject in time and the pilot crew was killed.
The claim of local sources that an anti-aircraft missile shot down the Syrian fighter is based on the strip of fire that the missile itself left as a trace in the sky. Syrian authorities emphasize that their fighter jet did not threaten any foreign country and flight data indicate that the fighter was in Syrian airspace at all times.
A video of the anti-aircraft missile and the traces left by it are being distributed in some channels of the Telegram application. Judging by these shots, it can be assumed that we are talking about an Israeli anti-aircraft missile system with a short range.
On August 30, Israel launched an air strike on Syrian army positions
On the night of August 30, the Israeli air force carried out a surprising large-scale attack and managed to hit targets and positions of the Syrian army.
The Israeli attack took place south of Damascus, according to local sources and the Syrian national news agency SANA.
According to sources, Israel has struck several arms depots located near the airport in Damascus. There were two soldiers killed and seven wounded in the attack.
“The aggressive attack came from Mount Hermon and the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights. Syrian anti-aircraft gunners, who opened fire on air targets, managed to hit several enemy missiles,” a source told SANA.
The Syrian army has Pantsir-C1 mobile air defense systems and the S-300 anti-aircraft missile system. Both systems are Russian and some are believed to be located near Damascus to protect the capital.
Given that the Russian Panzer-C1 has recently suffered serious damage, including from Turkish drones in Syria and Ribia, the question of the effectiveness of the S-300 anti-aircraft missile system remains open, which is supposed to have no problems with interception of missiles.
Of course, the participation of the Israeli F-35 stealth planes in the Israeli attack was possible. If so, the Russian S-300 system would not be able to intercept this fighter in Syrian airspace, as it does not have the radar and firepower of the Russian S-400.
Russia has located S-400 systems, but they are mostly in a defensive shield around Russia’s Kmeimim military base in Syria.
This is not the first Israeli attack in recent weeks on Syrian military positions.
There is hardly a week in which Israel strikes an air strike on Syria. Very often these air strikes are aimed at military bases in Hamas or Iran in Syria.
But there are also cases in which the Israeli army decides to strike at Syrian army positions. Such was the case on August 4 this year, when the Israel Defense Forces launched a series of attacks on positions of Syrian government forces in southern Syria.
The Israeli military command notes then that the strikes were carried out by combat aircraft and helicopters in response to an earlier attempted terrorist attack on the border between the countries.
Official Syrian media report that no one has been killed as a result of these Israeli attacks.
Earlier same day night, Syrian media reported that the country’s air defense forces were repelling air attacks in the Damascus area. It is assumed that Israel also conducted them.
Earlier on Monday [August 3 – ed.], the Israeli military killed four people who tried to plant explosive devices on the Syrian-Israeli border.
War in Syria
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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