Photo From Syrian Su-24M2 Cockpit

In my post of yesterday I published a photo appeared recently on a FB page for a partial view inside a Syrian Su-24 cockpit. The cockpit definitely belongs to one of the modernized 'M2' Fencers.

As we can clearly see the new double-glass ILS-31 HUD replaced the old one, the black rubber/plastic shade over the device below the HUD is removed as well.

Su-24MK Cockpit (airliners.net)

The new layout of the 'M2' cockpit can be seen here above, and a brief about the capability of the modernized Su-24M2 can be read HERE. It's interesting to know that the 'M2' standard is capable to carry the armament originally developed of the Su-34, but the question is: Did Russians supply such advanced weaponry to Syrians?

"The first modernized Su-24M2 entered the 4th Center for Combat Use and aircrew training in Lipetsk in 1999. Work on the integration of new avionics systems was carried out by "Hephaestus and T", located in Zhukovsky. On airplanes instead of OBC "Orbita-10" establishes a new computer SVP-24, satellite navigation receiver GLONASS / NAVSTAR, LED collimator KAI-24, OP-LED TV 4TM. Improved composition suspended managed bomb and rocket weapons designed to attack ground targets. Refinement machines implemented in the Novosibirsk Aviation Production Association (NAPO) them. VP Chkalov.

In June 2000, together AHK "Sukhoi" and NIIREK was introduced more advanced avionics upgrade option Sukhoi Su-24M2. Update provided for replacement of the old radar display on new monitor IT-23M with cathode-ray tube, installing a new system instead giroinertsialnoy SLE and compact inertial MIS-F, 737-A receiver satellite navigation system, LED display digital maps, head-up displays ILS-31 (similar to the Su-27SM) instead of the display system to attack and navigation sighting PPV, as well as other new radio devices and flight data recording system, pre-entry systems. Subsequently, the aircraft avionics were added color LCDs instead of electron beam, the new software for the onboard computer. All of these updates should ensure that guided missiles Kh-31A, Kh-31P, Kh-59MK, air bombs KAB-500Kr with television guidance system and electronic systems electronic warfare. It is reported that the improved Su-24M2 first flew in 2001 and has since been exhibited at various airshows with suspended guided missiles and new types of bombs"


Photos of SyAAF Su-24 - UPDATED

Some new photos for the Syrian mighty bomber, the Su-24 Fencer. It was known that SyAAF used to own around 18~24 units of MK variant of this aircraft, but recently some photos were published on the website of the 514 ARZ overhaul facility in Rzhev (Russia), here I would strongly advice to read Oryx' article about the recent 'M2' modernization of SyAAF Fencers HERE.
Looking at the photo above -Su-24 carries the serial 3506- extracted from the website of the said facility would make a Syrian proud to see that the SyAAF Fencers are overhauled with soft hands :P 

Another exclusive share to our blog from one of our great friends (thanks again!) shows the fuel nozzles under engines' outlets those are responsible of the cloudy trail the SyAAF Su-24's were spotted a lot performing that in their way back to T4 AFB in order to balance the weight of the aircraft by emitting extra amount of fuel till reaching the acceptable landing weight.
To the left, a nose of a Su-22M.

Although it's very partial, but a great shot for the cockpit of a SyAAF Su-24.

A SyAAF Su-24 spotted firing a guided missile -notice the trailing of the missile at the bottom of the photo- on a building in Douma town (suburbs of Damascus) on 12th May 2014 after continues failure of precisely targeting that building by the MiG-23BN's.

If the SyAAF Su-24 are spotted rarely over Damascus, this bomber flies 3~4 sorties a day over towns and villages of Idleb governrate and Jabal Azzawiyah.

Syrian Su-24 inside a HAS, could be either in T4 AFB (the home base of this bomber).



Amazing close up to a Syrian (ex-Belorussian) MiG-23MLD with serial 07 in Neyrab airbase (Aleppo IAP) stationed at the main tarmac in the military part of this airport infront of the overhaul facility...(Thanks for our great friend for this exclusive share to Luftwaffe A.S blog)
Syrian air force received on 2009 '33' MiG-23MLD/UB's from Belorussia and were stationed in this base for overhaul, till this date only few numbers left (around 3~5).

Syrian MiG-23MF in a ground attack sortie over Sarmin town (Idleb governorate) spotted on 11th April 2014.

Another MF was spotted before landing in Hama AFB (current base of this variant) early 2014.

MiG-23MF just seconds before dropping FAB bombs over villages of Jabal Azzawiyah (Idleb governorate), spotted on 18th Jan. 2014.

Pair of SyAAF MiG-23ML's taxiing... 

Another ML landing.


On board SyAAF MiG-23 - Another Video

Another video came to public been recorded in the cockpit of a SyAAF MiG-23MF from taxiing, taking off -from Hama AFB as can be clearly seen on 0:44- till landing, including attacking ground targets with unguided rockets.

Another MiG-23 appeared on 0:33, this time it is the UB trainer variant -has nothing at all with the scenes on board- which was carrying not a single external armament and not fitted with chaff/flares dispensers over the rear fuselage.

It's notable that Hama AFB is currently the home base for both MF & UB variants after evacuating what remained operational from Abu DhHour AFB.

...Enjoy ;)


Photos of SyAAF MiG-29s - UPDATED

Few photo of SyAAF MiG-29 came to public those I like to share with our audiences.
I would start with this truly rare photo of a Syrian MiG-29 on the main tarmac of Seen AFB with a very special thanks to our great friend 'pfc-joker' for providing me it. The serial is not that clear but may read 3423... 

Another MiG-29 photographed on the same tarmac with a MiG-23ML or MLD behind...I'm not sure whether should we read the serial 3453!?!?

A photo of a Syrian Fulcrum taxiing out of its HAS, came to public days before the latest presidential election. Sadly, both serial and armament are blurred.

So far, Syrian Fulcrums been seen fitted with out dated B-8 unguided rocket launchers.

Climbing onto a MiG-29 cockpit...

I'm awaiting impatiently for any photo for this fighter in which I will see the HMS system 'Helmet Mounted Weapons Sight' available in Syria.


Air Raids From Hama & Sh'eirat AFB's (2nd Quarter 2014)

Continuing the survey I started in 2014 for the jet air raids from Hama & Sh'eirat AFBs, I post here the chart of the second quarter of this year which we can read through a considerable stability unlike the first quarter.

13th April recorded 39 sorties in one day, while 26 was the maximum number of air raids conducted in a single day from Sh'eirat on 10th Apr. and 17 in a day from Hama on 17th Jun. which drives us again to conclude that at least there were 13 operational (Su-22M-3/4 / MiG-23BN) and 8 operational (MiG-21bis / MiG-23MF) in Sh'eirat and Hama AFB's respectively (this if we estimated that each aircraft scrambled twice a day).

As from Jan. 2014, these two airbases launched 3328 air raids over the middle and northern governorates in Syria, almost 60% were in the 2nd quarter which means that the SyAAF is still operational and its units are receiving the required regular maintenance and could be even overhauled with help of allies.


Spotted Aircraft/Aerial Vehicles over Syria: June 2014

List of spotted 'Aircraft and Aerial Vehicles' over Syria during the month June 2014:

Dar'a Na'eimeh 01-06-2014 MiG-23ML https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jZPvK_kQ45M
Dar'a Dar'a 01-06-2014 MiG-23ML http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_XjZevTZuuQ
Idleb Jabal Azzawiyeh 01-06-2014 MiG-23MF https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UMemFQJ6n94
Aleppo Kafar Hamra 02-06-2014 Su-22M http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aAUav6vRW70
Damascus Eastern Ghouta 02-06-2014 MiG-29 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C94InBDJbu4
Damascus Eastern Ghouta 02-06-2014 MiG-29 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BrGPfTLcfTE
Homs Houle 02-06-2014 Unknown http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HLDtQooJDtI
Homs Talbeeseh 02-06-2014 Su-24MK http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WOYaHvUXP_g
Homs Talbeeseh 02-06-2014 Su-24MK http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JNocP7WzNiY
Homs Talbeeseh 02-06-2014 Su-24MK http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3vHzotCJe5E
Homs Talbeeseh 02-06-2014 Su-24MK http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p4cOWEWeIoE
Homs Al Dar Al-Kabeera 02-06-2014 Su-24MK http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OvMDwbPpDQA
Hama Mourek 02-06-2014 Su-22M http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gGU0s92zhrA
Idleb Ma'arret Annu'man 02-06-2014 Unknown http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AxG0ZyeVCXY
Idleb Al-Taman'a 02-06-2014 MiG-23 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=al4ZX7dtOuM
Aleppo Aleppo 02-06-2014 Su-22M-4 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YUicNTB80eo
Homs Al-Ghanto 03-06-2014 Su-24MK http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L1vEMV1ZllQ
Homs Talbeeseh 03-06-2014 Su-22M http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w81BFKWzuRI
Homs Homs 03-06-2014 Su-22M https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dKqMHy4DgdM
Homs Homs 03-06-2014 L-39 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dKqMHy4DgdM
Homs Homs 03-06-2014 L-39 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n-J9HnuZTyU
Homs Homs 03-06-2014 Su-24MK https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qYTVoKfUBp8
Idleb Ma'arret Annu'man 03-06-2014 Unknown http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XNwWP_qSceU
Damascus Darayya 03-06-2014 MiG-23BN http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1sCbkwmbhpM
Damascus Mleha 03-06-2014 MiG-29 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mYpEHL07QeM
Damascus Damascus 03-06-2014 MiG-29 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hVrUyCsWn-A
Damascus Qaboun 03-06-2014 MiG-29 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DlwH_ZVtIcU
Deir EzZour Deir EzZour 03-06-2014 MiG-21 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zJ1XguGPMxY
Idleb Saraqeb 04-06-2014 Su-24MK https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OTao0CKlJPc
Idleb County 04-06-2014 MiG-23MF https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=odPcyXFYFiQ
Damascus Darayya 04-06-2014 MiG-23BN https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MDgC7OsO_8E
Damascus Yalda 04-06-2014 MiG-29 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_JyljTfV1Y4
Damascus Qalamoun 04-06-2014 Su-22M https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1718SXzGZKQ
Homs Talbeeseh 04-06-2014 L-39 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X0lYs8G7ehc
Damascus Eastern Ghouta 05-06-2014 MiG-29 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bZaExp2jFvg
Idleb Ma'arret Annu'man 06-06-2014 MiG-23MF https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-lkW6KOP4L4
Damascus Mleha 06-06-2014 UAV https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=06GJDDtXfIQ
Damascus Mleha 06-06-2014 MiG-23BN https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2TN9zGgYFFU
Damascus Mleha 06-06-2014 MiG-23BN https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v715rlm-Byw
Damascus Douma 07-06-2014 MiG-21 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c84GfPI6EIg
Damascus Mleha 07-06-2014 MiG-23BN https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3hemr9Hc8bo
Damascus Yalda 07-06-2014 MiG-23BN https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e8YKnmVgN70
Idleb Al-Taman'a 08-06-2014 Su-24MK https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=puwnXtkeCto
Homs Homs 08-06-2014 Unknown https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3iDUDP4qpLY
Damascus Ein Tarma 08-06-2014 MiG-23BN https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0qhkRrXhmro
Damascus Yalda 08-06-2014 MiG-23BN https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x47COYBkIB8
Damascus Eastern Ghouta 08-06-2014 MiG-23BN https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-WuLDxmR4pI
Damascus Eastern Ghouta 08-06-2014 MiG-23BN https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LtZORfXEmZg
Damascus Eastern Ghouta 08-06-2014 MiG-23BN https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zvdbm8C1cZM
Damascus Eastern Ghouta 08-06-2014 MiG-23BN https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n4_jw8RZfgI
Damascus Eastern Ghouta 08-06-2014 MiG-21 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u3MOj9Lhx-U
Hama Hama 08-06-2014 MiG-23 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wDvBXHO25VA
Damascus Western Ghouta 09-06-2014 MiG-23BN http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rH7IJRgz2AQ
Damascus Maranah 09-06-2014 MiG-23BN http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1NR93d_R1yM
Damascus Al-M'addamiyeh 09-06-2014 MiG-23BN https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PE0TQOFLqlg
Hama Kafar Zeita 09-06-2014 MiG-21 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IXM7iukby-Q
Idleb Jabal Azzawiyeh 09-06-2014 MiG-23MF http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u1V3T9fcpBE
Idleb Ma'arret Annu'man 10-06-2014 MiG-21 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W6xOYx5XNxM
Damascus Eastern Ghouta 10-06-2014 MiG-23BN https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5pgqPPoXLMI
Damascus Eastern Ghouta 10-06-2014 MiG-23BN https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xRoyhltmZ1U
Deir EzZour Deir EzZour 10-06-2014 MiG-21 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RH4aVbl8aK8
Damascus Mleha 11-06-2014 MiG-23BN https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P4f_zZXbFvQ
Damascus Eastern Ghouta 11-06-2014 MiG-23BN https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OW3R55X6zQM
Homs Rastan 11-06-2014 Unknown https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r3OpXZc9rys
Homs Houle 12-06-2014 Su-22M https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pj4iZjpIU8w
Idleb Jabal Azzawiyeh 14-06-2014 MiG-21 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-5IA_J1HPjk
Deir EzZour Deir EzZour 16-06-2014 MiG-21 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z-4_T0-TvMg
Deir EzZour Deir EzZour 16-06-2014 ATR-72-500 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0fmPS0YEEY8
Homs Homs 16-06-2014 Unknown https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GjDsx7cCtxE
Homs Homs 16-06-2014 Su-24MK https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jC7LOFnQRpU
Idleb Jabal Azzawiyeh 16-06-2014 Su-24MK https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j3DJL4kXfU8
Idleb Ma'arret Annu'man 16-06-2014 MiG-23MF https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iZeLjUiAB1E
Damascus Hosh Arab 17-06-2014 Su-22M https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fFAgDLI-sac
Damascus Mleha 17-06-2014 MiG-21 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LZd_neC78yE
Idleb Jabal Azzawiyeh 18-06-2014 Su-24MK https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hpkuiq3kzlY
Aleppo Aleppo 18-06-2014 Su-22M https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JXoP-iti4XA
Damascus Mleha 19-06-2014 MiG-23BN https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SXb_s2-GZz8
Damascus Mleha 19-06-2014 MiG-21 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xucx6EzfAhQ
Homs Talbeeseh 20-06-2014 Su-22M-4 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZH3LtW_mfTw
Homs Talbeeseh 20-06-2014 Su-22M-4 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PF1VOeylPGk
Idleb Ma'arret Annu'man 21-06-2014 MiG-23MF https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O_REBnU27zA
Idleb Jabal Azzawiyeh 21-06-2014 Su-24MK https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ynUieGvYN5k
Idleb Taftanaz 21-06-2014 Su-24MK https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2yqntVLLJpc
Dar'a Dar'a 21-06-2014 MiG-21 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lUEktdyS5yc
Damascus Mleha 21-06-2014 MiG-21 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DrAc13H0v1s
Damascus Eastern Ghouta 22-06-2014 MiG-21 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hs8e59S-tcg
Damascus Eastern Ghouta 22-06-2014 MiG-21 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FHL6Ch3QB18
Damascus Eastern Ghouta 22-06-2014 MiG-23BN https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wLAvmGQ6uiw
Damascus Jisreen 22-06-2014 MiG-23BN https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qlFP0TfPVgU
Damascus Mleha 23-06-2014 MiG-23BN https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_xGsWQZBR88
Damascus Eastern Ghouta 23-06-2014 MiG-23BN https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZipaYZWlKQ8
Damascus Mleha 23-06-2014 MiG-23BN https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f6ZEmBCzxRY
Damascus Al-Nasriyeh 23-06-2014 MiG-23 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I19CG5UcwIU
Homs Homs 23-06-2014 Su-24MK https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=diIB9vajhjk
Idleb Kafroomeh 23-06-2014 MiG-21 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_OTviTEuIwc
Dar'a Da'el 24-06-2014 Su-22M https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U28g4ZxeEMQ
Damascus Eastern Ghouta 24-06-2014 MiG-23BN https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vzr9aQF7VEI
Damascus Douma 26-06-2014 MiG-23BN https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2jcKtCBOcZs
Damascus Mleha 26-06-2014 MiG-21 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t6Yb_JH0wmw
Idleb Kafroomeh 28-06-2014 Su-24MK https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lg2pGPUx-b0
Idleb Jabal Azzawiyeh 29-06-2014 Su-24MK http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6pwW5VdCI1c
Idleb Al-Bara 30-06-2014 Su-24MK https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l_IbeGyxcrU
Idleb Mar'eyan 30-06-2014 Su-24MK https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=14KTL98jY6I
Idleb Jabal Azzawiyeh 30-06-2014 Su-24MK https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H4lpS20xvME