Turkey Shoots Down Russian Sukhoi Su-24 near Syrian Border

On November 24th, the Turkish Air Force shot down a Russian Sukhoi Su-24 that violated Turkish airspace. Russia’s President Vladimir Putin confirmed that an F-16 Turkish fighter jet downed the Sukhoi Su-24 with an air-to-air missile. However, Putin insisted that the Su-24 was flying in Syrian airspace at the time and not in Turkish territory.

A Turkish official commented,

“In line with the military rules of engagement, the Turkish authorities repeatedly warned an unidentified aircraft that they were 15 kilometers or less away from the border. The aircraft entered Turkish airspace over the town of Yaylidag, in the southeastern Hatay Province. The plane was warned 10 times in the space of five minutes before it was taken down.”

Codenamed “Fencer” by NATO, the Su-24 front-line bomber is backed by twin A-F turbojet engines supplying 11,200 kilograms of thrust each. Utilized by both the Russian Air Force and the Syrian Arab Air Force, the Su-24 is aerodynamically designed with a variable-sweep shoulder wing. The semi-monocoque fuselage houses a pressurized cockpit with room for two pilots.

Exhibiting a maximum speed of 1,550 kilometers per hour and a range of over 3,000 kilometers, the Sukhoi Su-24 can penetrate hostile territory and neutralize ground and surface targets. It climbs at a maximum rate of 9,000 meters a minute to reach a service ceiling of 11,000 meters.

Integrated with the PNS-M modified integrated navigation and aiming system which utilizes a laser/TV-sighting system for the air-to-surface laser/TV-guided missiles, the Su-24 bomber can complete reconnaissance and electronic countermeasure missions in any weather conditions, day or night. The PNS-M system is used for purposes such as target designation for missiles, terrain warning, detection of operating radars, detection of missile launches, and automatic and semi-automatic aircraft control during landing maneuvers at heights around 40 to 50 meters.

To date, Sukhoi has delivered over 900 of these fighter jets to operators such as the air forces and navies of Russia, Ukraine, Syria, Libya, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Algeria, and Belarus.

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February 7, 2020