Turkey Shoots Down Two Syrian Su-24 Combat Aircraft

Two Syrian Arab Air Force Su-24 “Fencer” combat aircraft were shot down by Turkey on March 1 over the Idlib region in northwest Syria where tensions are rising between the regime forces and Ankara.

According to the Turkish Defense Ministry, the jets were downed when they tried to attack Turkish planes. Several local sources suggested that it was Turkish F-16 fighter jets that shot the Syrian jets using air-to-air missiles (AAMs).

The Ministry added that it had destroyed one air defense system that earlier shot down a Turkish drone over the region. The Defense Ministry also claimed that a total of three Syrian air defense systems have been destroyed.

The Sukhoi Su-24 (NATO reporting name: Fencer) is a supersonic, all-weather attack aircraft developed in the Soviet Union.

The aircraft has a variable-sweep wing, twin-engines and a side-by-side seating arrangement for its crew of two. It was the first of the USSR’s aircraft to carry an integrated digital navigation/attack system.

The Su-24 remains in service with the Russian Air Force, Syrian Air Force, Ukrainian Air Force, Azerbaijan Air Force and others.

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