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    Syrian Arab Air Force


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    Re: Syrian Arab Air Force

    Post  d_taddei2 on Wed Oct 11, 2017 12:02 pm

    I always wondered why Russia didn't send it's reserve mig-23 & mig-27 to Syria. Possible reasons could be condition but I am sure that they will be providing spares. Mig-27 would have been ideal. Possibly the only way to get mig-27 now would be for India to donate or sell them very cheaply to Russia who then gives to Syria. Would have been good to see them get some action. And it's a way India getting something for them as they look to phase them out. Also I think China could have done more to help such as supplying ammo, sappers, humanitarian needs as well as giving Syrian airforce nanchang Q5 another useful aircraft

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    Re: Syrian Arab Air Force

    Post  GarryB on Thu Oct 12, 2017 9:46 am

    When withdrawn from service in the 1990s they might have been useful but as they age and as parts are not kept for them and the people who worked on them and serviced them leave service they are becoming harder and harder to keep up to date.

    At the end of the day it makes more sense for Russia to build new MiG-29M2s or Su-27SMs for Syria as they are rather more capable even as basic aircraft with minimal upgrades, but also the upgrade potential of both aircraft is much greater than any potential upgrade for the older single engined aircraft.

    There is less profit margin in cheap products too.

    It makes sense for Russia to transfer material that is still in rear area service to Syria and then produce replacements in the form of newer material to put in service in the areas the older material was taken from.

    Hinds and Hips are useful rugged aircraft that will always be useful, but a MiG-29SMT makes more sense than a MiG-23 or 27.

    For Syria even an old tank like a T-54 or T-55 is perfectly adequate as most of its targets on the battlefield will be soft targets that the 100mm rifled gun is ideal for.

    A 125mm gun would be totally overkill with its more expensive and more powerful ammo being no more effective.

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    Re: Syrian Arab Air Force

    Post  George1 on Wed Oct 25, 2017 10:32 pm

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