The Aviationist » Russian Su-30SM, Su-24 violate Turkish airspace. Flanker locks on TuAF F-16 for +5 minutes

Russian planes deployed to Syria violated the Turkish airspace twice in the last couple of days.According to NATO, the violations occurred “on 3 October and 4 October by Russian Air Force SU-30 and SU-24 aircraft in the Hatay region. The aircraft in question entered Turkish airspace despite Turkish authorities’ clear, timely and repeated warnings. In accordance with NATO practice, Turkish fighter aircraft responded to these incursions by closing to identify the intruder, after which the Russian planes departed Turkish airspace.”Some more (sometimes contradictory) details appeared on the Turkish media outlets: although the first reports said the aircraft (initially IDed as Mig-29 Fulcrums – a type flown by the Syrian Air Force and not deployed in theater by the RuAF) breached into the Turkish airspace for 5 miles, according to Ankara, the Russian Su-30SM multirole plane violated Tukey’s airspace by “only” some hundreds of meters and returned to Syria after it was intercepted by two F-16s from the Turkish Air Force out of 10 flying CAP (Combat Air Patrol) near the border.

Source: The Aviationist » Russian Su-30SM, Su-24 violate Turkish airspace. Flanker locks on TuAF F-16 for +5 minutes

As David notes, details are sparse, and sometimes contradictory. But this is of a piece with other Russian operations designed to further undermine sovereignty, and increase the Russia sphere of operations and influence, both physically and morally.

You know a good way to stop airspace intrusions?

Shoot down the intruders.

3 thoughts on “The Aviationist » Russian Su-30SM, Su-24 violate Turkish airspace. Flanker locks on TuAF F-16 for +5 minutes”

  1. “You know a good way to stop airspace intrusions?
    Shoot down the intruders.” It works, but …

    A war as a follow-on effect has to be considered. Well, no worries if the planes are US military under the current administration.

    OBSF: Alas Babylon, the classic SF apocalyptic novel of the nuclear age, had nuclear war escalate from a USN fighter pilot (an Ensign!)
    accidentally hitting an ammunition depot in Latakia, Syria, resulting in a large explosion.

    Just maybe a good idea to reopen the F-22 production line.

  2. It’s what Russia wants
    Turkey shoots first, gets battered, runs to nato, nato doesn’t declare total war on Russia, Russia wins again.

    1. Yep, more than likely.

      NATO has plenty of internal fractures, but the fault line that would be most likely exploitable right now is at the Turkish border. Probably safer to try and exploit that one than to poke too hard at Poland or the Baltics right now.

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