Syrian Army Captures Dozens Of Air-To-Air Missiles From ISIS In Hama (Video, Photos)

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On November 10, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) discovered dozens of missiles inside three large shipping containers around Uqayribat town during a search operation in the eastern Hama countryside.

Although Uqayribat town was captured by the SAA back on September 1, the SAA is still conducting search operations around the town to find all the weapons caches left behind by ISIS fighters.

After a close examination, it became clear that the captured missiles were Soviet-made R-3s short range air-to-air missiles. The R-3s is guided by infrared homing, and has a range of over 35km. Mig-21s and early models of Mig-23 are usually armed with R-3s.

Syrian Army Captures Dozens Of Air-To-Air Missiles From ISIS In Hama (Video, Photos)

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ISIS got those R-3s missiles from the Tabqa airbase after capturing it from the SAA on 28 August 2014. The ISIS-linked news agency Amaq even published photos of the missiles then.

Syrian Army Captures Dozens Of Air-To-Air Missiles From ISIS In Hama (Video, Photos)

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While ISIS didn’t have any warplanes to arm it with the missiles, the terrorist organization tried to turn air-to air missiles into surface-to-air missiles. When the SAA recaptured Palmyra airbase on 22 December 2016, the SAA found what appears to be an R-40 air-to-air missile on a DIY ground launcher.

Syrian Army Captures Dozens Of Air-To-Air Missiles From ISIS In Hama (Video, Photos)

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ISIS previously captured dozens of R-40 air-to-air missiles from the Palmyra airbase on 26 May 2015. Some of the missiles were captured in workshops and laps of ISIS in Raqqa city, and even in the Iraqi city of Mosul. This proves that ISIS made serious attempts to turn these missiles into surface-to-air missile. However, it failed.

Syrian Army Captures Dozens Of Air-To-Air Missiles From ISIS In Hama (Video, Photos)

R-40 missile in Mosul city

Syrian Army Captures Dozens Of Air-To-Air Missiles From ISIS In Hama (Video, Photos)

R-40 missile captured in Raqqa city

Recapturing this type of missiles from ISIS is for sure a very important thing because it limits the ISIS access to a relatively “sophisticated” weapon technologies.

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  • MeMadMax

    Yep, can’t win todays’ modern warfare without a air force, even if you have air force weapons lolz

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  • Solomon Krupacek

    so, captured … BACK

  • as

    It isn’t possible. You either have to reworked all those missiles software and targeting system or get an actual airplane radar and relevant operating system to make it work by hacking and reprogram those. Doing all of that would require them to have the relevant sensitive technology spare parts lying around.
    I think they’d sent an expert to help the ISIS work this out but then again this is hardly feasible.

    • Barba_Papa

      I think being crazy like Nazi’s is inherit to ISIS. And I mean crazy as in obsessed with wonder weapons as the Nazi’s were. Which was also severely lacking in realism.

      • dontlietome

        The Nazi’s weren’t crazy, they were very very smart when it came to the development of technologies in WW2. They were light years ahead of the allies, who the moment hostilities ceased, sent teams to gather, steal and kill in order to bring all the technology to Amerika and Russia. The only mistake the Germans made, was that they lost WW2. You will be glad to know that the Germans of old do not exist anymore, and their replacements are pacified
        and sanitised useless eaters who allow their country to be populated by
        niggasandyids.

      • Rüdiger Preiss

        You need to read a bit more history and educate yourself, my friend.

        • dutchnational

          Seems to me he has read a lot of history though.

          • Rüdiger Preiss

            That makes the two of you who are lacking education :)

      • Real Anti-Racist Action

        Wonder Weapons is a Zionist creation.
        It was the Jews who worked on wonder weapons such as Nuclear Weapons and Chemical attacks and biological warfare and many other bizzar weapons that only wipe out indigenous populations groups such as the indigenous Japetic tribes of Europe.
        Germans built light and medium bombers, cause that was enough to strike military targets.
        The UK and US and Jew’s only liked to build heavy and super heavy bombers to destroy civilians. That was the only purpose of Jewish Wonder Weapons.
        Soviet’a built heaver tank then Germans did, heaver divisions and so on and so forth.
        German firepower was never more then a 1 compared to the 100 of the global Zio dominators.
        http://ihr.org/

  • Vitex

    Relax. Those missiles must be at least 25 years old. I think they have probably passed their sell-by date. Mind you, Russian weapons have a pretty good shelf-life, if the 50-year-old mines in Vietnam are anything to go by.

  • Thegr8rambino

    nice find SAA!!!

  • Rick0Shea

    It seems the Houthis in Yemen are able to hack old soviet missiles back to life – well enough to deliver a bit of shock and awe to the Sauds… proving it can be done.

  • Real Anti-Racist Action

    Please please send those to the Lebanese army to defend all Lebanese!