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February 25, 2018 12:29 pm

Satellite Images Reveal Advanced Russian Stealth Jets at Syrian Base

avatar by Daniel Siryoti, Erez Linn and Israel Hayom Staff

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A Su-57. Photo: Alex Beltyukov via Wikimedia Commons.

JNS.org – Russia has deployed advanced warplanes to Syria, satellite images taken by Israeli firm Image Sat International proved over the weekend.

The Sukhoi Su-57 fighter jets were spotted stationed at the Khmeimim Air Base, a Syrian base operated by Russia southeast of the city of Latakia.

The Su-57 is a stealth, single-seat, twin-engine fighter jet. The fifth-generation warplane is the first aircraft in the Russian Air Force to use stealth technology.

The fighter reportedly has supercruise, stealth, supermaneuverability and advanced avionics to overcome prior-generation fighter aircraft as well as ground and maritime defenses. The aircraft is expected to have a service life of up to 35 years.

This poses the first confirmation that the state-of-the-art Russian jets are not only operational but in play in the civil war waged in Syria.

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  • shloime

    in syria, the opposition forces have neither planes nor anti-aircraft defences. they’ll be competing against su-25s, which are old and slow, but much better suited to close air support.

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