Su-34 first flew on assignment in Syria with a missile of class “air-air” to protect

Su-34 first flew on assignment in Syria with a missile of class “air-air” to protect

LATAKIA /Syria/, November 30. Russian su-34 first flew on a combat mission in Syria not only with bombs but also with rockets “air-air” small and average range to protect.

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This was announced by the representative of the aerospace forces of the Russian Federation Colonel Igor Klimov.

“Russian fighter-bombers su-34 flew for the first time today on a mission not only to aircraft bombs ofab-500 and corrected bombs KAB-500, but with missiles “air-air” small and average range. Aircraft equipped with missiles to protect,” said Klimov.

According to him, the missile “is equipped with a homing, and can hit air targets at distances up to 60 kilometers”.

What rocket carries su-34

The composition of the range used aircraft weapons of the su-34 is composed of missiles “air-air” of small range R-73 (AA-11 Archer, NATO classification) and medium-range R-27 (AA-10 Alamo, NATO classification).

The plane can carry up to six missiles R-73 launch devices located on the wingtips or under wing consoles and up to eight missiles family P-27, which can be installed on aircraft ejection or launching devices under the wing and fuselage hardpoints.

In addition, the su-34 is equipped with complex electronic warfare “Khibiny-10V”, the station which are mounted on the wing tips.

The reasons for action taken

November 24, fighter from the Turkish air force F-16 shot down Russian bomber su-24M, which, according to Ankara, had violated the country’s airspace near the border with Syria.

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The defense Ministry claims that the su-24M was extremely over Syrian territory and that “violations of the airspace of Turkey.”

The crew of su-24M managed to eject, but one of the two pilots was killed by ground fire. The second pilot rescued and taken to base. In search of the pilots was attended by two helicopters Mi-8. One of the cars came under fire and made an emergency landing. One marine soldier was killed. The others aboard the helicopter were evacuated and are safe.

Downed Mi-8 was subsequently destroyed by mortar fire from the territory controlled by the militants.

Operation HQs of the Russian Federation in Syria

The Russian military launched operation against the militants is prohibited in the Russian Federation terrorist organizations “Islamic state” and “dzhebhat EN-Nusra” in Syria, 30 September, at the request of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. In the air group included more than 50 aircraft in operation in early October, were engaged by ships of the Navy of the Russian Federation, who attacked the terrorists with a cruise missile from the Caspian sea. Since the beginning of military actions of the Russian pilots destroyed more than 2 thousand objects of the militants. To participate in a ground operation, Russia does not intend.