Russia has deployed MiG-29SMT fulcrum multirole fighter aircraft for combat operations in Syria, the Russian Defense Ministry confirmed on Wednesday.
The ministry released a photo of the MiG-29SMT taking off from the Russian Khmeimim air base in the province of Latakia.
Вылет МиГ-29СМТ российской авиагруппы в Сирии на боевое задание pic.twitter.com/pcLJXHM2zk
— Минобороны России (@mod_russia) 13 September 2017
The MiG-29SMT is a modernized version of the MiG-29 Fulcrum fighter aircraft. It has an increased weapons carriage capacity and uses high-precision air-to-air and air-to-surface weapons to deliver high combat efficiency against aerial, ground, and sea-based targets. The warplane incorporates enhanced cockpit and avionics, additional fuel tanks and upgraded engine.
Earlier this week, unofficial photos of the MiG-29SMT in Syria appeared online. However, the deployment was officially confirmed on Wednesday.