On August 19, a Syrian Facebook page released a photo showing a Syrian Arab Air Force (SyAAF) Mig-29 multirole fighter equipped with a new jamming system.
The system, which was fitted on one of the Mig-29’s underwing hardpoints, was identified as the Talisman airborne defense suit (ADS).
Made in Belarus, the Talisman ADS is supposed to provide protection against air-to-air and surface-to-air missiles. Furthermore, the system, which is housed in an external pod, is fully automatic.
The SyAAF operates around 20 Mig-29s, all of which were reportedly upgraded to a standard specially developed for Syria, known as the SM. Syrian Mig-20SMs are armed with the advanced R-77 air-to-air missiles and can also deploy precision-guided munitions.
Syria, which don’t announce its arms purchases in most cases, may have obtained the Belarusian ADS way before the ongoing war.