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Assad launched two Syrian Air Force Su-24 attack planes towards Cyprus

Discussion in 'International Politics' started by layman, Sep 8, 2013.

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  1. layman

    layman Aurignacian STAR MEMBER

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    Assad launched two Syrian Air Force Su-24 attack planes towards Cyprus to probe British airbase’s air defenses

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    Last week we reported the news that, on Sept. 2, the RAF Typhoons based in Cyprus, to provide the air defense of the island following the Syrian crisis, were scrambled from the British base at Akrotiri whereas two Turkish Air Force took off from Incirlik airbase and headed towards the island.

    In the following days, more details about the Cyprus incident emerged.

    Journalist Andrew Potter talked to the British MoD spokeperson who said: “The MOD can confirm that Typhoon Air Defence Aircraft were launched from RAF Akrotiri yesterday to investigate unidentified aircraft over the Eastern Mediterranean; the aircraft were flying legally in international airspace; no intercept was required.â€

    On Sept. 8, The Sunday People / Sunday Mirror revealed that Syrian Su-24 Fencers were actually involved.

    “RAF Typhoon fighters won a mid-air showdown with two Syrian warplanes heading towards Britain’s main base in Cyprus, the Sunday People can **reveal. The dramatic confrontation came after President Bashar al-Assad’s air chiefs sent two Russian-made Sukhoi Su-24s to probe our air defences. The Syrian bombers refused to respond to repeated attempts by the control tower at the UK’s Akrotiri air base to contact them.â€

    RAF Typhoons from the IX Sqn in QRA (Quick Reaction Alert) duty on the island, were scrambled before the Su-24s, that were flying in international airspace and were spotted by a flying E-3D AWACS could enter the 14-mile air exclusion zone. Otherwise, they would have been intercepted and identificated, and eventually escorted out of the restricted airspace.

    Buzzing the enemy airspace to test its reaction time or actively disturbing the enemy training activities is not rare.

    For instance, the Turkish RF-4E Phantom shot down by Syria in 2012 was probably violating the Syrian airspace to probe Damascus’s air defense readiness.

    H/T to TJ for the heads-up

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    Syrian Su-24s almost toasted

    Syrian warplanes flee after testing defences at British air base in Cyprus - Mirror Online

    Syrian warplanes flee after testing defences at British air base in Cyprus

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  3. Manmohan Yadav

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    Su-24s are siting ducks for the Typhoon
    its not even a news
     
  4. The Drdo Guy

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    A foolhardy attempt by syrian air force.
     
  5. safriz

    safriz BANNED BANNED

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    You people are Quoting British Tabloids....
    Its their business to create sensational news out of their back end.

    That doesnt mean they are authentic.
     
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    To be honest I would have shot them down anyway as a warning. They've already shot down a Turkish jet. They have no business probing defences in strike aircraft unless they're planning an attack.

    We know what Leonidas did with the 3 messengers.
     
  7. layman

    layman Aurignacian STAR MEMBER

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    Audacity is clearly flying over rooftop. :facepalm:
     
  8. Himanshu Pandey

    Himanshu Pandey Don't get mad, get even. STAR MEMBER

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    may be they were just to record the response time of british and turkish forces so they can plan accordingly
     
  9. layman

    layman Aurignacian STAR MEMBER

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    Pandey'ji I think Syria are not going to go on offensive, this is jus location marking or scouting...
     
  10. Manmohan Yadav

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    real or not

    Typhoon V/s Su-24 is not worth the news headlines
     
  11. layman

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    It is very much real reported in most of the news channels lately.
     
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