The Chinese media published material that describes yesterday’s strike by the Turkish Air Force F-16 fighters. Recall that the Turkish planes shot down two Su-24 bombers of the Syrian Air Force.
The Chinese portal Sohu reacted to this event with an article that spoke about the advantage of F-16 fighters over Soviet (Russian) aircraft with a score of 65: 0. By the number 65, the author of the material understands the number of Soviet (Russian) aircraft that were shot down at different times by the pilots of F-16 aircraft.
From the material:
Until yesterday, the score was 63: 0 in favor of the F-16. And yesterday, after 2 Su-24 shot down by the Turks, the score was 65: 0 not in favor of Soviet aircraft.
In particular, we are talking about downed MiG-29 fighters during the NATO aggression against Yugoslavia.
Comments by Sohu users are noteworthy.
In the short term, Turkey prevailed. But Russia has already seized the initiative in Syria, and Turkey will soon be defeated.
Let's not forget that Iran is also present in Syria. And the pro-Iranian forces are not on the Turkish side at all.
The Syrians lost 2 Su-24. This, of course, is bad. But the pilots are alive. And how much has Turkey already lost there?
The important thing is: Turkey shot down the Su-24, hardly knowing exactly who they belonged to. This suggests that the Turks sent a signal to Russia: they are ready to shoot down your aircraft. And so they showed that they were, as it were, not afraid of war with Russia.
Yes, even if the score is at least 100: 0, this does not inspire confidence in Turkish pilots.