Russia's advanced supermaneuverable Su-35S fighter jets have started performing combat missions in Syria last week, the Defense Ministry spokesman said Monday.
"Supermaneuverable Su-35S fighters started to carry out military tasks last week at Khmeimim airbase", Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov told journalists.
Citing a military source, Russian Kommersant daily reported Monday that Russia was preparing to test the next-generation Su-35S fighters in Syria for the first time.
The move comes after Turkey claimed that Russian Su-34 violated its airspace again on January 30.
Konashenkov noted that all Russian warplanes have recently been conducting operations with an obligatory cover provided by Russian and Syrian fighter jets as wells as modern air defense systems including the S-400 Triumf.
Russia commenced a military operation against terrorists in Syria at the request of President Bashar Assad on September 30.
The US and Russia held a video conference to discuss implementation of a Memorandum of Understanding on flight safety over Syrian airspace. The video call was co-chaired by US Assistant Secretary (Acting) of Defense for International Security Affairs, Elissa Slotkin and Joint Staff Director for Strategic Plans and Policy Kenneth Mckenzie with their counterparts in Russian Defense Ministry, Pentagon spokesperson Peter Cook said in a statement Thursday
Russia has denied news reports about intentions to set up a second air base in Syria. Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Major General Igor Konashenkov was quoted by news agencies as saying that the military had no intention to set up any additional air base in Qamishli in Syria
Syrian MiG-29 planes provided Russian Su-25 bombers with air cover during sorties against Islamic State (IS) in Syria. “Crews of Su-25 aircrafts from the Russian Air Force and MiG-29 planes of the Syrian Air Force carried out a joint military mission over Syria,” Syrian Arab news agency, Sana cited Russian Defense Ministry as saying in a statement last Thursday
Russia will begin delivery of Su-35 fighter jets to China in the 4th quarter of 2016, a military-diplomatic official told TASS on Friday. "Supplies of fighter jets will start in the 4th quarter of this year
Russias Su-35 Super Flanker aircraft will be upgraded this year given the experience of its combat use in Syria, Deputy Defense Minister Yuri Borisov said. "This year Su-35C aircraft will be upgraded based on all the drawbacks and the Syrian experience," he was quoted as saying by the Russian media during a visit to the Gagarin aircraft plant in Komsomolsk-on-Amur, part of the Sukhoi Aviation Holding Company in the Russia's Far East
The Russian Armed Forces have started withdrawing its air group from Syria. “Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu ordered to redeploy main part of the Russian Armed Forces grouping which had been performing tasks on eliminating terrorists in Syria, starting from March 15, 2016,” the
The Sukhoi Su-35 purchase agreement signed between China and Russia for 24 fighters for an undisclosed sum is yet to be ratified between the two countries. "We have signed, but it hasnt come into effect
Saudi Arabia is willing to supplu Syrian rebel groups with anti-air and anti-tank missiles capable of striking Russian T-90 tanks and MLRS rocket launchers. Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the Saudi defense minister, plans to arm Syrian rebels militias with missiles capable of striking the new Russian T-90 tanks,
Turkey has said that it refused to allow a Russian reconnaissance plane to overfly its territory near Syria citing disagreement over itinerary plan. "An agreement could not be reached on the itinerary for the reconnaissance flight requested by the Russian Federation for 2-5 February 2016," Turkish foreign ministry was quoted as saying by AFP in a statement Thursday
A Russian Defense Ministry Advisor is among several others who were killed by mortar fire in Syria. The Turkish media reported four Russian generals and four Syrian generals to have been killed by opposition forces
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