Defense Ministry: Russian plane over Syria approached the U.S. plane to identify

MOSCOW, October 14. Russian fighter 10 October approached the American aircraft to identify them and not to scare. About this informed the official representative of the defense Ministry major General Igor Konashenkov.

“When nominating a district, the system warning receiver fitted to all our aircraft, fixed radiation from an unidentified flying object. Our fighter turned and flew at a distance of about two or three kilometers, not for the purpose of someone to scare, but to identify the object and its identity. Then the Russian su-30CM is back in the battle group to perform scheduled tasks,” – said Konashenkov.

According to him, the meeting on 10 October took place when a group of Russian aircraft under the cover of su-30SM performed the task of destroying one of the objects of the terrorist group “Islamic state” (IG, also known as ISIL) in Aleppo province.

Earlier, the Pentagon stated that American and Russian planes on Saturday were from each other in the sky over Syria. As noted in the defense Ministry, the pilots had behaved “professionally”.

“This is not the first such case”

Russian pilots often visually fixed in the sky over Syria not only U.S. aircraft, but also drones, including attack, said Konashenkov.

“This is not the first such case. Our pilots often visually fix in the airspace over Syria is not only the aircraft belonging to the U.S., but unmanned aerial vehicles, including the impact of the UAV”, – said Konashenkov.

Defense Ministry spokesman said that Russian combat aircraft are in Syrian airspace “on absolutely lawful bases at the request of the official authorities of the Syrian Arab Republic”. “Moreover, all flights of our aircraft are agreed with the relevant authorities of this country,” the General added.

In addition, he recalled Tuesday night, the defense Ministry has sent to the Pentagon the next actions for the elimination of possible incidents in the skies over Syria. On Wednesday the proposals are planned to be discussed during the third in recent days, the video conference of Russian and American military.

41 sortie

Aircraft of the Russian air group in Syria over the past day has made 41 sorties and attacked 40 sites of militants of the “Islamic state”, destroyed the source of supply of ammunition of militants operating in the province of Aleppo, said Konashenkov.

“The crews of su-34, su-24M and su-25SM with airbase Hamim made 41 sorties by 40 objects of the terrorist infrastructure ISIL in Aleppo, Idlib, Latakia, Hama and Deir-ez-Zor,” said Konashenkov.

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According to him, the point was kicked by means of reconnaissance identified the most important infrastructure of terrorists control points, warehouses and workshops material resources for the production of weapons of suicide bombers.

“As a result of successful air strikes blocked another source of ammunition supply of terrorists operating in the province of Aleppo,” – said Konashenkov.

Russian planes destroyed near the city of Aleppo in Syria workshops, where they constructed explosive devices and set them on the cars of suicide bombers, he said.

“Near the city of Aleppo bombers su-24M inflicted surgical strikes on objects on which the militants had collected explosive devices and set them on the cars of suicide bombers”, he said.

The General said, these machines were planned to be used to carry out attacks in the Syrian cities and towns, as well as for attacks on positions of the Syrian army.

Russian attack destroyed the ammunition and fuel and lubricants in the area of the settlement Christan in Syria, said Igor Konashenkov.

“In the area of the settlement Gritan su-25 attacked the ammunition dump and fuel storage ISIL terrorists. Precise strikes of high explosive bombs the facilities have been destroyed,” said Konashenkov.

According to him, after performing combat tasks and all the Russian planes returned safely to the airbase Hamim.

Konashenkov said that the Russian su-25 destroyed the training center of terrorists located in the mountains in the Syrian province of Idlib.

“In Idlib attack aircraft su-25SM struck in the center of training terrorists in the mountains. By means of objective control marked the detonation of munitions stored at the facility. The object is destroyed”, – he said, adding that all the Russian planes returned safely to the airbase Hamim after combat missions.

Attacks on targets of militants

Russian aircraft since September 30, strikes against the “Islamic state” in Syria at the request of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. In the grouping of the aerospace forces of the Russian Federation in this country includes more than 50 aircraft and helicopters, including the latest su-34 and su-30SM. To participate in ground operations in Syria Russia has no plans.


Islamic state” (ISIS) – an Islamist terrorist organization operating inside Iraq and Syria.

Established on 15 October 2006 by the merger of 11 radical Sunni groups. The core group forming the militants, who fought with American troops during their stay in Iraq and with the forces of the government of Bashar al-Assad in Syria.

The IG recognized as a terrorist organization in the USA, Canada, UK, Australia, Turkey, Egypt, UAE, India, Indonesia, and Russia (29 December 2014).