Russian and Syrian forces are now working to trace the MANPAD missile, which hit a Russian Su-25 warplane on February 3, the Russian state-run news agency reported qouting MP Vikotor Volodarsky.
The member of parliament noted that Russia is very interested in finding how exactly the anti-aricraft missile had been appeared in the hands of the militants.
“The group that had the MANPAD has been destroyed by the Russian Air Force. Now the Syrian commandos are working on the ground. If they find elements of that launcher, we could trace its serial number and establish its origin to the factory in a few days, find out how it got there,” Volodarsky told the miedia adding that the Russian Aerospace Forces provide air support to Syrian troops.
Following the downing of Su-25, the Russian Aerosapce Forces started an intense bombing campaign in the warplane crash area in the province of Idlib. On February 3, the Russian Defense Ministry said that at least 30 militants had been killed in the strikes.
According to reports, at least 68 Russian airstrikes hit militant positions in the province of Idlib on February 4 morning.