Syrian Su-24MK * at work
British radars at the RAF airbase at Akrotiri and Turkish air defense radars detected an approach to the exclusive Cyprus airspace of two unidentified combat aircraft flying from Syria. The incident occurred even 2 September, but it became known only now.
Su-24 fighter-bomber pilots refused to respond to requests from base dispatchers and fulfill their requirements.
The British command decided to intercept. In the air were raised Typhoon fighters. At the same time, two Turkish F-16 fighter jets were raised from the NATO airbase in Incirlik, reports MIGnews, citing the Mirror newspaper. The publication claims that the pilots were ordered to shoot down Syrian aircraft in case they violate the airspace of Cyprus.
The Syrian pilots, seeing British aircraft on their radars, turned around and flew to Syria.
Earlier, Western journalists declassified details of the upcoming strike on Syria. According to the Associated Press, foreign missiles will hit at once dozens of targets in the country in the predawn hours. In this case, the date of the attack is not specified. Dozens of Tomahawk missiles will be launched at strategic sites related to the military and state structures of Syria. However, chemical warehouses weapons will not be bombarded.
The attack will last for several hours, after which the NATO military using the data obtained from satellites, will assess the damage. Then, if necessary, another blow will be struck, and possibly several blows.
Su-24MK - modernized bomber, export version. A new aiming and navigation system PNS-24М “Tiger” was installed. Able to automatically and semi-automatically fly around the terrain at an altitude of 50 m.
In service with the Syrian Air Force - 20 Su-24
Crew: 2 person
Length: 24,594 m (with LDPE)
when the sweep angle χ = 16 °: 17,638 m
when the sweep angle χ = 69 °: 10,366 m
Height: 6,192 m
at sweep angle χ = 16 °: 55,16 m²
at sweep angle χ = 69 °: 51 m²
Wing extension ratio:
at sweep angle χ = 16 °: 5,64
at sweep angle χ = 69 °: 2,107
The leading edge sweep angle: 16 ° / 35 ° / 45 ° / 69 °
Transverse V wing: −4,5 °
The base chassis: 8,51 m
Track Chassis: 3,31 m
Empty weight: 22300 kg
Curb weight: 23700 kg
Normal takeoff weight: 33500 kg
Maximum takeoff weight: 39700 kg
Normal landing weight: 24500 kg
Maximum landing weight: 28000 kg
Fuel mass in internal tanks: kg 9800
Fuel tank capacity: l 11860
Powerplant: 2 × TRDDF AL-21F-3
Unforced traction: 2 × 7800 kgf (76,5 kN)
Afterburner: 2 × 11200 kgf (110 kN)
at a height of 200 m: 1400 km / h (without suspensions)
at high altitude: 1700 km / h (1,35M)
Breakout speed: 360-400 km / h
Landing speed: 285-310 km / h
Fighting radius: 560 km (at a height of 200 m with PTB and normal. Combat load)
Ferry range: 2850 km (with PTB)
Service ceiling: 11500 m
Wing load: 607 kg / m² (at normal take-off weight with χ = 16 °)
Thrust: 0,67 / 0,56 (at normal / max. Take-off weight at the boost)
Takeoff run: 1150-1250 m (at normal take-off weight)
Run length: 950-1000 m (at normal take-off weight and with brake parachute)
Maximum operating overload: + 6,5G
Gun-gun: 1 x six-barreled 23-mm gun GSH-6-23 with 500.
Suspension Points: 8
Combat load: 7500 kg (maximum)
air-to-air missiles: 2 × P-60 (AA-8)
4 × X-25ML / MP or X-23
3 × X-29L / T or X-59
high precision aviation medium-range air-to-surface missile (up to 200km).
6 × C-25L
2 × X-58
X-58E - anti-radar, export version of the X-58. Range - 200 km
X-58A - anti-shipping option
Targeting - before launch, from the onboard sensor or suspension station.
192 (6 × 32) × 57 mm C-5 in blocks UB-32 or
120 (6 × 20) × 80 mm C-8 in blocks B-8М or
30 (6 × 5) × 122 mm C-13 in B-13L blocks or
4 × 240 mm C-24 or
6 × 266 mm C-25
Bombs: svobodnopadayuschie and responsive for various purposes, cluster bombs
3 × 1500 kg (FAB-1500, CAB-1500L / TC, etc.) or
7 × 500 kg (CAB-500L / KR, BZ-500) or
10 × 500 kg (FAB-500, RBC-500) or
30 or 16 × 250 kg (FAB-250, RBC-250) or
38 × 100 kg (OFAB-100) or
7 × containers KMGU-2
Gun containers: 3 × SPPU-6 with 23 mm gun GSH-6-23 with 400 fn.
Hanging container "Fantasmagoria" for targeting missiles X-58