Sunday, February 25, the Israeli media reported that IDF chief of staff Gadi Gadi eizenkot received a report with the results of the investigation of the causes that led to the collapse of the F-16i «Sufa» on the border with Syria on February 10.
According to the findings of the Commission members, the pilot and the Navigator made a series of professional mistakes, departing from the script of the actions in the event of a missile attack on the plane. Instead of trying to evade missile fire, they focused on combat missions and destroying ground targets.
However, the report says that the decision to eject was correct.
Note that the results in this report coincide with the findings of the preliminary investigation, which wrote the website NEWSru.co.il 12 Feb.
On the night of February 10, IDF air force was shot down over Israeli territory a drone is of Iranian origin, who arrived from Syria. Probably talking about Saeqeh («lightning») is Iran’s «clone» a us drone stealth RQ-170 Sentinel. The drone held over Israeli territory not more than one and a half minutes, after which he was shot down. Bar said that this is the first time that Iranian drone crossed the Israeli border, but the UAV passed over Israeli territory so little time, I did not manage to cause any damage. Was also destroyed a mobile control station that the UAV in the Syrian territory.
Syrian air defenses opened fire. One of the planes F-16i «Sufa» fell in Israeli territory. Two pilots managed to eject.
Shortly after this incident, the Israeli air force attacked military targets in Syria.
«The operational headquarters of the allies of Syria» (OSSS), unifying the command of Iranian forces and «Hezbollah» in the Syrian territory, said the Russian state Agency RIA Novosti that the Israeli aircraft attacked the drones, based at the airbase T-4 in HOMS province. According to this source, these UAVs (in Iran) were destroyed. Accurate information about damages is not given. OSS, claims that the IDF destroyed drones that were used «to gather information to fight terrorist groups and primarily against IG, in the interests of the Syrian army.»
Military airbase, Ties (T-4), located to the West of Palmyra in HOMS province, is the largest in Syria. She repeatedly used for deployment of aircraft carrying out attacks on opposition forces during the civil war in Syria (2011-2018). On the territory of the base of the Iranian «Islamic revolutionary guard Corps» has created a special hangars for unmanned aircraft. There are based Syrian warplanes MiG-25, su-24 and su-22.
The representative of the press service of the IDF Lieutenant Colonel Jonathan Conicus said that the attack by the Israeli air force was struck by the 12 Syrian and Iranian military installations.
The London-based Syrian human rights organization Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reports that as a result of Israeli air strikes on targets in the Syrian province of HOMS and in the area of RIF Was (South of Damascus) were killed six people – members of the army of the regime of Bashar al-Assad, as well as representatives of groups associated with this mode. The publication States that among the dead are foreigners. In addition, according to the SOHR, there are wounded, some of whom are in serious or critical condition. SOHR calls a few goals, which was struck: on the outskirts of the air base, T-4 and al-Ballarat (in HOMS province), near al-Dimas (in the North-Western part of the province of RIF Was), on the border between the provinces of Daraa and RIF Was.
Syrian state news Agency SANA reported that the air defense forces of the regular army of Syria attacked the Israeli planes. The report reveals that the actions of the Syrian air defense was affected in more than one plane (this misinformation was later replicated by many Russian media outlets). Agency SANA announced that the Israeli planes early on Saturday morning attacked a military base in Central Syria. Damascus ties together the actions of the us military against the forces of the regime of Bashar al-Assad and the Israeli air force, blaming the USA and Israel of support of Islamic state and other terrorist organizations.
Lebanese TV channel «al-Mayadin» associated with Hezbollah, reports that on the morning of Saturday, February 10, Syrian air defenses mobilized against Israeli aircraft, anti-aircraft missile system s-200 Russian production. According to this channel, in repelling an air RAID on a military base in HOMS province on Israeli aircraft were fired 10 missiles.
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