Syrian Army Received New Russian SU-24M2 Attack Aircrafts

 

Only one airbase in Russia operates Su-24s of the M2 type (Russia eventually opted for a different modernization standard) and it began rearmament to Su-34s 

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The Syrian Armed Forces have recently received the new SU-24M2 all-weather attack aircrafts under a deal signed with Russia to shore up the country’s military capabilities in fighting terrorism.

 

Two of the upgraded attack aircrafts have been already delivered while 8 more will be transferred in addition.

 

The SU-24M2 is a front-line bombers represents further (after SU-24M) upgrade of the front-line bombers of the SU -24 of Russian Air Force.

 

The Su-24M2 bombers have been retrofitted with new equipment and systems at the VP Chkalov Novosibirsk Aircraft Production Association (NAPO), to enhance their capabilities and improve their combat efficiency.

 

NAPO has upgraded the Su-24M2 aircraft with improved avionics, including GPS and the Russian equivalent GLONASS, and a head-up display (HUD) and visor, under a three-year contract, as part of a national defence order for 2009.

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Erdogan Sends Condolences to Putin Over Death of Russian Su-24 Pilot

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan delivers a speech during a mukhtars meeting at the presidential palace on November 26, 2015 in Ankara

 

According to Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov, Erdogan “is sorry” and is willing to deal with the crisis in the relations between two countries.

Vladimir Putin has received a letter from his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdoğan expressing readiness to resolve bilateral crisis caused by the downing of a Russian combat plane by the Turkish fighter jet last year, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Monday.

“President Putin has received a letter from Turkish President Erdogan where the Turkish leader expresses interest in resolving the situation around the downing of a Russian bomber jet,” Peskov said.

Erdogan said that Turkey “shares the pain of the downed Su-24 pilot’s death with his family” and “sees it as Turkey’s pain”, according to Peskov.

Turkey is ready to take all steps required to “relieve the pain and severity of damage” to the deceased Su-24 pilot’s family, Erdogan writes in his letter to the Russian President.

“In the letter, the Turkish President also says he has always seen Russia as a strategic partner and a friend”, Peskov said.

“We never intended to shoot down the aircraft of the Russdian Federation,” Erdogan emphasised.

On November 24, 2015, a Turkish F-16 fighter plane shot down a Russian Su-24M bomber jet operating as part of Russia’s anti-terrorist mission in northern Syria near the Turkish border. Following the shootdown, Russian pilot Oleg Peshkov successfully ejected from his plane, but was shot and killed as his parachute descended to the ground by armed militia.

Russian Warplanes Hit 1,093 Terrorist Targets in Syria Over Past 6 Days

A multifunctional fighter-bomber Su-34 of the Russian Aerospace Forces lands at Hemeimeem air base in Syria

 

Russian warplanes have conducted 302 sorties and hit 1,093 terrorist targets in Syria over the past six days, the Russian Defense Ministry said Wednesday.

“Jets from the Russian air group in the Syrian Arab Republic have conducted 302 sorties and hit 1,093 targets in the provinces of Idlib, Aleppo, Deir ez-Zor, Hama and Homs from December 18 to December 23,” Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Igor Konashenkov said.

Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov said that Russian jets destroyed a terrorist training camp in the Syrian province of Idlib hosting fighters from Turkey and CIS states.

“Russian Su-34 bombers destroyed a major terrorist training camp in the Idlib province. A large group of experienced instructors from neighboring states had been stationed in the camp. Information about this camp, where the majority of terrorists arriving from Turkey were citizens of CIS countries, was received from representatives of the Syrian patriotic opposition about a week ago.”

Moreover, the Russian Defense Ministry spokesman said that Su-34 aircraft have destroyed two oil storage facilities and dozens of fuel pumps in the Deir ez-Zor province.A Russian Su-24 bomber launched an attack on Daesh military equipment in the Syrian province of Homs, destroying six off-road vehicles equipped with heavy machine guns and three militants’ trucks.

“Russia’s Su-24 bomber conducted airstrikes against a concentration of Daesh military equipment in the Homs province.”

A Su-34 jet also destroyed a Ahrar ash-Sham militant group’s command post in the Aleppo province, Konashenkov said.

 

What’s behind Turkey’s provocative decision to shoot down Russian bomber?

 

Turkish F-16 fighter

Turkish F-16 fighter

MOSCOW, November 25. /TASS/. Turkey’s reckless decision to shoot down a Russian bomber over Syria – an outrageously treacherous move towards Russia it was – may have been due to a variety of reasons, including internal political ones, Russian experts believe.

On Tuesday morning, a Turkish F-16 fighter launched a heat-seeking missile at Russia’s unarmed front-line bomber that was returning to base. Russian President Vladimir Putin a short while later said that the plane crashed in Syrian territory, four kilometers away from the Turkish border, while the attack itself took place when the bomber was one kilometer inside Syrian airspace. He slammed the attack as a “stab in the back” and blamed Turkey’s authorities of connivance with and support for terrorism. The Russian authorities are prepared to fundamentally reconsider relations with Turkey, until recently a rather close partner.

“Quite a few reasons have been offered as explanations of Turkey’s behavior, including its allegations Russian aircraft have been bombing Turkomans,” senior research fellow at the institute of the world economy and international relations IMEMO under the Russian Academy of Sciences, Viktor Nadein-Rayevsky told TASS. “Of far greater significance, though, is the following. There’s been proof that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s son is involved in oil smuggling schemes. Russian planes have been successfully bombing oil caravans of Islamic State terrorists to have destroyed more than 1,000 tanker trucks.”

“Turkey hates the idea Bashar Assad and his government may stay in power,” the leading research fellow at IMEMO, Dina Malysheva told TASS. “Also, Turkey had its own economic interests in Turkey. Crude oil and oil products from Syria had been pouring in in a steady flow, so the bombing raids against these routes could not but annoy Turkey. Also, Ankara claims that it must provide protection for the Turkomans. In a word, there was a variety of reasons.”

Erdogan’s move also has a purely domestic political side to it, she remarked. “It was taken to show muscle both inside the country and also to Turkey’s neighbors to make it clear that Turkey is capable of making a harsh response to a country like Russia. The underlying idea was to bolster the prestige of the country’s leadership in this way.”

“Russian-Turkish relations have fallen victim to the internal political situation in Turkey,” an adviser to the director of the Russian Institute of Strategic Studies, Yelena Suponina, told TASS. “President Erdogan feels that problems inside the country are going out of control. He is keen to demonstrate to his supporters and followers it is too early to write him off. At a certain point Erdogan decided to ‘straighten his shoulders’ but in doing so he looked more like a bull in a China shop. Turkey will now soon realize how very reckless it was.”

Of late, Erdogan showed little ability to gauge the effects his moves might entail.

“He is a careless and impulsive decision-maker,” Suponina said.

 

Downed Su-24 Pilot Found ‘Safe And Sound’, Taken to Hmeymim Base

Russian military air group at Khmeimim airbase in Syria

 

The rescue operation of Russia’s Su-24 navigator has been successefully completed with the pilot back at the Hmeymim airbase safe and sound, Russian Defense Ministry Gen. Sergei Shoigu said Thursday.

“The rescue operation was completed successfully. The navigator is back at our airbase. [He is] safe and sound,” the minister said at the Ministry of Defense board meeting.

Shoigu noted that the operation lasted 12 hours and thanked “all our men, who risked [their lives] working through the night.””I reported the success to the Commander in Chief (Russia’s President Vladimir Putin). He asked me to thank all the personnel who took part in this operation,” Shoigu said.

Vladimir Putin said that the commander killed in Syria will be awarded the Star of Hero of the Russian Federation posthumously. The rescued pilot will also be given state honors.

“He is safe, the navigator, and <…> is already at the airbase. And he, just like the rest of the rescue team, will be granted state awards,” Russia’s leader said.