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Syrian IADS Kills Russian VKS Il-20M COOT ELINT Aircraft – Israel Responds

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The simple fact that Russia cannot deconflict aircraft in its own airspace in a combat environment screams “professional incompetence”. 

According to the IDF tweets, Syria’s ADA’s methodology is Ready, Shoot, Aim. “The Syrian anti-air batteries fired indiscriminately“. 

If you’re keeping score, that’s:

  • Syria – 1
  • Turkey – 1
  • Russia – 0

I know Russia also lost a bird or two in the ocean, so is that Neptune – 1/2?

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The Israeli response is unequivocal and consistent with initial analysis, but with one important difference – the Syrians killed the COOT after the Israeli jets had returned to Israeli airspace. The weapon was a 5V28 / S-200VE Vega / SA-5B GAMMON – the weapon of choice for the Syrian AD – its SQUARE PAIR radar is usually equipped with a Soviet IFF interrogator (see below), in addition to standalone IFF interrogators.

The only explanation that fits is poor fire control discipline – put bluntly, professional incompetence.

Blaming Israel is a foolish play, and it will come back to bite them eventually. Indeed, yet another self-inflicted injury.

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Israel Defense Forces on Twitter: “Israel will share all the relevant information with the Russian Government to review the incident and to confirm the facts in this inquiry.”

Israel Defense Forces on Twitter: “4. The Syrian anti-air batteries fired indiscriminately and from what we understand, did not bother to ensure that no Russian planes were in the air.”

Israel Defense Forces on Twitter: “2. When the Syrian Army launched the missiles that hit the Russian plane, IAF jets were already within Israeli airspace. 3. During the strike against the target in Latakia, the Russian plane that was then hit was not within the area of the operation.”

Israel Defense Forces on Twitter: “Israel expresses sorrow for the death of the aircrew members of the Russian plane that was downed tonight due to Syrian anti-aircraft fire. Israel holds the Assad regime, whose military shot down the Russian plane, fully responsible for this incident.”

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