2016-03-13

SyAAF MiG-21 Shot Down (2016-03-12)


Yesterday, 12th March 2016, a SyAAF MiG-21 -some reports designate the variant UM or US despite it's known Hama AB used to fly the bis in such sorites- piloted by Col. Musa Treikman operating from Hama AB was shot down by a MANPAD of FSyA over Hama northern countryside.

The MiG in question was bombarding the county of Kafrenboudeh town when the heat-seeking missile hits its rear fuselage as seen in the footage above, the ejection seat was clearly seen para-landing leaving the reasons behind the death of the pilot still unknown.

Supposed trail of MANPAD missile

It is good to remind that this is the first SyAAF unit loss since the last one occurred in Nov. 2015.


32 comments:

  1. Sputnik News is claiming that the aircraft in question was a MiG-21US "MONGOL-B", and that 1 pilot ejected and was rescued while the other pilot died.

    http://m.sputniknews.com/middleeast/20160312/1036189815/syrian-mig-downed-pilot-shot-dead.html

    There also seems to be conflicting reports as to whether or not this was a MANPADS or AAA kill.

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    1. I noticed this, thanks, but SyAAF are not familiar in flying their trainers in such attack sorties. Let's await a solid evidence.
      Honestly I gave up claiming it's an AAA kill, the enhanced video appeared recently shows different behavior between the 'cause of death' chasing the jet and the rounds appearing at the last moments of the video.

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  2. Syrian rebels deny missile was used to shoot down warplane:

    http://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-mideast-crisis-syria-denial-idUKKCN0WF0NJ

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    1. My source on ground denied that too, but there was a trailing of what looks a MANPAD missiles as shown in the photo above

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  3. North Korean HT-16PGJ MANPADS in Syria:

    http://spioenkop.blogspot.com/2016/03/north-korean-ht-16pgj-manpads-in-syria.html

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  4. Do we have a rough estimate on how many Mig-21Bis are still in service? I am genuinly surprised that the SyAAF did not loss any aircraft in the November 2015-March 2016 period given recent offensives, regardless of RuAF support that has undoubtedly taken over many missions.

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    1. I can estimate no more than 10~12 air worthy ones, there might be some other 12 need maintenance to bring them back to life.

      BTW, this MiG-21 is:
      - #18 of MiG-21 family SyAAF lost
      - #14 confirmed bis variant SyAAF lost
      - #8 -at least- MiG-21 Hama AB lost
      - #10 -at least- a jet aircraft Hama AB lost

      SyAAF didn't lose any aircraft since Nov. 2015 because it reduced its air operations 80% comparing the period before the Russian presence in Syria.

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    2. Thanks for the stats RS.

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  5. Is there still any Mig 21 variant(like MF) in SyAAF service, beside Bis variant?
    Also, what is your estimation for number of MIG 23MF/ML/MLD still in service of SyAAF ? I think there is no less than 20 air worthy ones...

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    1. Yes, before the fall of Tabqa AB the 1543 MiG-21MF -at least- was operational, another MF (I cannot remember the serial) is spotted recently in Deir EzZour...I believe there are no more than 2~3 MF air worthy.

      The MiG-23 is a hard question, cannot answer it that easy now, need more research ;)

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    2. You welcome, the MF I mentioned in Deir EzZour AB is 1597

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    3. New video from DEZ airbase(and city), Mig 21 on 2:29-
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5CctnR58TAk&t=2314s

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    4. Thanks! The MiG-21MF with serial 1915 looks taking off from Qamishli AP

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