SyAAF MiG-23 Shot Down (2016-09-21)

On 21st this month, a SyAAF aircraft -announced a MiG-23 but variant is still a mystery- is reported shot down by ISIS fighters in Qalamoun in Batra area.
The pilot -as named Ltnt. Col. Ya'rob "المقدم يعرب"- is reported ejected safely but para-dropped over ISIS held territory whom in turn returned him back to regime by an exchange of truck of ammo; referring to the crash area, this aircraft could be operating from both Nasrieyh AB or Dmeir AB. ...this is as reported by pro-regime sources.

From the insurgents side, it's said the aircraft in question is a MiG-23BN operating from No. 697 sqdn from Seen AB and the exchanged pilot is Lt. Col Ehab Soleiman "المقدم ايهاب سليمان" whom was handed over to regime by JAI not ISIS.

Anyway, this incident IMO lacks many details and need further verification.


SyAAF MiG-21 Shot Down (2016-09-18)

Today, ISIS fighters succeeded to shoot down a SyAAF MiG-21 piloted by Col. Ali Hamza "العقيد علي حمزة" which crashed at Al-Thardah mount area near Deir EzZour AB, the pilot is KIA.

The aircraft is supposed to be operating from Qamishli airport which recently witnessed the deployment of numbers of Su-22, MiG-21 in addition to Mi-17 helicopters.


SyAAF L-39 Crashed (2016-09-04)

Yesterday, 4th Sep. 2016, a SyAAF L-39 -I suspect it's ZO but cannot confirm- piloted by Captain Ali Farhan Ghanem "النقيب علي فرحان غانم" has crashed nearby Sadad town (around 50km to the south of Homs city). This brings in mind that the aircraft in question should be operating from Sheirat AB which recently housed number of L-39s at the eastern side of the airfield.

Again it's not confirmed whether the jet was downed by means of ground fire or countered a tech. failure caused this incident; the pilot is KIA.


SyAAF SA 342 Gazelle Shot Down (2016-09-02)

Yesterday 2nd Sep. 2016, a SyAAF SA 342 Gazelle helicopter piloted by Col. Mohammad Ali Habib "العقيد محمد علي حبيب" and Major Alaa' Ahmad Dayyoub (or Deeb) "الرائد علاء أحمد ديوب أو ديب" was targeted and successfully hit by a TOW ATGM while the helo was patrolling nearby Al-Khattab village to the north of Hama city; both pilots were KIA.

Since Hama AB didn't house any Gazelle during the last short period, I can suspect the Gazelle was operating from Stamo newly established airbase.

This incident -footage can be seen in this VIDEO- reminds me of a similar one when a SyAAF Mi-8 was targeted by an ATGM when approaching to land at Abu DhHoor AB on 8th Sep. 2014.


SyAAF Units Photos From Syrian Army 2015 Calendar

SyAAF L-39ZO in Kweres, serial is intentionally blurred

I would like to share with my audiences photos from Syrian Army 2015 calendar, of course I excluded those of SyAF, SyAADF and Navy ;)

SyAAF Mi-25, seems he forgot to blur the serial 2858 written under canopy ;)

SyAAF Mi-17

SyAAF SA 342 Gazelle

Formation of SyAAF Su-24M2, note the different pylons/rails fitted under each Fencer

SyAAF MiG-29S, note the different pylons/rails fitted under each Fulcrum

Syrian Navy Ka-28

Formation of SyAAF MiG-29S

Formation of SyAAF Mi-17 mostly photographed over Damascus in 2011/2012

Formation of SyAAF L-39ZA/ZO

SyAAF Mi-17

SyAAF Mi-25 photographed during the live fire maneuvers in 2012

SyAAF SA 342 Gazelles

SyAAF Mi-17 with serial 2966

Syrian Navy Ka-28


SyAAF Airbase by Terraserver - Kshesh & Abu DhHoor

Few days back, TS (Terraserver) has published new aerial imagery for Kshesh airbase which was overrun by opposition on 13th Feb. 2013 and then was controlled by Jaish Al Islam. The imagery here is dated 26th Jun. 2016 in which we can see the mass chaos occurred to facilities of the air field; thus, I provided an earlier view of the same location dated Sep. 2010 for better comparison.

The first thing can be observed from these views is how JAI worked to shovel the soil which covers the HASes (Hardened Aircraft Shelters) and left them exposed to the concrete structure. I won't be surprised if JAI filled the HAS with soil then after...

Around Fourteen MiG-15/17s were shifted from the boneyard.

In addition to form obstacles all along the runways, those MiG-15/17s are scattered here and there as well.

A phenomenon really surprised me and then I linked it to another view I observed in Abu DhHoor AB is what is valuable in the wings of decommissioned L-29s to make JAI strip them from the airframes as can be seen above!!
The same happened in Abu DhHoor AB, the MiG-23s can be clearly seen (below) stripped from their wings (those airframes in the eastern part of boneyard).


SyAAF MiG-23ML Crashed (2016-07-29)

It is reported yesterday 29th July by pro-regime sources that the pilot Major Mohammad Suleiman Ismail "الرائد محمد سليمان اسماعيل" whom was flying a MiG-23ML took off from Nasriyeh AB had died when his fighter hit the ground in Qalamoun mounts area.

Despite claims of shooting down the aircraft by ISIS but the real reason is a phenomenon most of non experienced pilots suffers from which is called the "Spatial Disorientation" as the pilot in question was performing a night flight in order to get him ready for non-day-time sorties.

It is good to mention here that since 2015 Nasriyeh AB is housing only MiG-23ML after detaching all MiG-23BNs to Dmeir AB and Seen AB.