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In Video: Russian Advisors Train Syrian Mig-29 Pilots On Air-To-Air Combat

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In Video: Russian Advisors Train Syrian Mig-29 Pilots On Air-To-Air Combat

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Military advisors from the Russian Aerospace Forces (VKS) have been training Syrian Arab Air Force (SyAAF) pilots on air-to-air combat, according to recent reports.

On November 15, the Russian Ministry of Defense’s Zvezda TV channel revealed that Syrian Mig-29 pilots have received training on air-to-air missiles, namely the R-73 infrared-guided short-range missile.

“An important stage in the training of any pilot is the launch of guided air-to-air missiles,” Zvezda quoted Maxim Aleksanin, a Russian squadron commander, as saying. “For the first time, Syrian pilots used R-73 guided missiles from MiG-29 aircraft. In the future, we plan to improve the tactics of conducting close and long-range air combat in order to prevent provocations in the skies of Syria, as well as near its borders.”

The channel released footage from a recent exercise that saw two Syrian Mig-29s firing R-73 missiles. The exercise was reportedly held at T-4 Air Base in the central Syrian province of Homs.

The SyAAF operates some 20 Mig-29s. Prior to the war, the Russian Aircraft Corporation “MiG” upgraded the Syrian fighter jets to the specially developed SM standard, which allowed them to fire beyond-visual-range air-to-air missiles (BVRAAMs), namely the R-77, as well as precision-guided air-to-surface munitions. Furthermore, the fighter jets were equipped with active electronic warfare systems.

Last year, Russia handed over an unknown number of Mig-29 fighter jets to the SyAAF. Back then, Syrian military sources said that the newly delivered Mig-29s are more advanced than the ones which were in service with the SyAAF, meaning they could be Mig-29SMTs or Mig-29Ms.

Russia has been working to boost the capabilities of the SyAAF for a few years now in order to help Syria defend its airspace and territory more effectively.

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Jnoub

The guy at the end has a Lebanese accent I think. Hopefully they’ve also trained Hezb fighters for future conflicts, hopefully that’s one of many surprises Sayed Nasrallah promised.

John Wooh

Russia deployed S-300/400 to the north of Syria also reinforcements with Krasuka and Su-35s.
They are also training Arab Mig-29 pilots maybe for the F-4s, F-16s and TB2’s for the battle of Idlib.
Turkey is also preparing for something, saber-rattling or a big skirmish.

Chris Gr

Russia wants Syria and Arab League. Hezbollah is Iranian-backed. Russia is ok with Israel bombing them.

Jnoub

Russian spetnaz in Syria are close to Hezbollah, especially their elite unit Radwan. They’ve done multiple operations together, so I wouldn’t surprised if they help Hezbollah, especially in a war with Israel. Some of those soetnaz have been attacked by Israel, so some might want revenge.

Chris Gr

I don’t believe that they will support groups like Hezbollah or Hamas.

John Wooh

oh really thanks for your huge knowledge i was in koma for the last 40years….NATO wants the whole World and Solarsystem and NATO is backed by Corporate Monopolists/Royals and Pedovaticanus with their hooknosed moneychangers!!! shit first on them before u shit on Iran or Russia.

And Greece wants their souvereignty since WW2 but the EU UK US dont let them, your boss is the Queen of Britain.

Chris Gr

Our government is puppet of US.

Chris Gr

The only surprise Nasrallah will have will be a nice carpet bomb!

Jnoub

Nasrallah managed to train secret units and keep their intelligence a secret throughout the 2006 war. This is before Hezbollah was even close to having the sophisticated capabilities it has today. The same air defence technology that global hawk that Iran shot down is all over Lebanon Nasrallah said. He never admits or says anything about his capabilities, so if he’s able to admit that, I wonder what else he has waiting for Israel or America.

John Wooh

When will Nasrallah respond to the Beirut Blast from Summer

Chris Gr

Israel has many enemies in the region. They may lose but this alliance is frail.

Cromwell

Thats more like it,combat those turks and zionist gangsters.

Chris Gr

It is not Cold War anymore. Turkey is enemy to Israel now.

John Wooh

than why is Turkey the biggest trading partner in the middle east of them, they work economicly militarly(Nagorno-Karabak) close together, dronetech/militarytech student exchange, who makes the boots of the IDF they are secret allies.
Its just erdogollums big mouth to trick the fanatic low Iq support.

Chris Gr

This is not correct. Iran also did business with Israel against Iraq back then. They are still enemies though. Turkey supports Hamas and PIJ.

Icarus Tanović

He’s just pathetic looser.

Chris Gr

Says the incel.

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