Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Tu-214R jammed Turk F-16 firing AMRAAMs at Syria aircraft over Idlib?

via Eurasian Times
The situation is complicated by the fact that attacks, as military experts note, are carried out by Turkish F-16s with long-range AIM-120 air-to-air missiles and the target is guided by a Boeing early warning and control reconnaissance aircraft 737 AEW&C of Turkish Air Force (equipped with electronic warfare, which includes the system of optoelectronic counteraction AN/AAQ-24 Nemesis).

It is important to note that Turkish F-16 fighter jets launched operations in Idlib without entering the Syrian airspace as Moscow had forewarned Ankara that it would not guarantee the safety of Turkish jets over Syrian airspace.The Russian and the Syrian Air Force were prepared for countermeasures and thus were able to able to dodge the AIM-120 missile, launched by the Turkish F-16. According to military experts taking to the EurAsian Times, the mission of jamming Turkish missiles was possible due to the Russian integrated reconnaissance aircraft Tu-214R. 

Russia has significantly increased its EW forces in the region. With the assistance of Tu-214 and Il-22PP, which were not only able to detect the approaching Turkish F-16s but also warned Syrian fighters, ”writes the Chinese news portal Sina.
Story here. 

Wow.  Seems like I missed a pretty compelling air battle.  Definitely need to learn more about this Tu-214R...the AN/AAQ-24 and the 737 AEW&C.  The fighters are usually the stars in aerial battle but looks like these airplanes (and electronic countermeasure?) played leading roles in this fight.

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