It would probably not be in Russia's interests for the SyAF to have a widespread or good AAM capability as that would raise the prospect of a SyAF pilot having a go at a UASF plane. Much better to keep the prime interceptor function under their own direct control.par far wrote:franco wrote:par far wrote:franco wrote:Russia sends more upgraded Su-24M's to Syria. Total is up to 22 according to this article plus if my memory serves me correctly there are also 8 Mig-29SMP.
Would it not better to give Syria aircraft that can be effective against ground targets and air targets as well? Let's say that the Russian's don't want to bomb close to US forces, can they have the Syrian's do that for them?(By giving the Syrians air to air capabilities, they would not need to be afraid of US fighters jet and they can keep the Turkish fighter jets out.) Would not training the Syrian's on the SU 30, be more beneficial to Russia? Or is that too costly?
30 would be too expensive for now. Believe they are trying to do that with the mig-29smp which is an upgrade close to 29SMT level.
The SU 30 would be expensive, do you think 20-25 MIG 29 SMP, will be enough for Syria or will they need more?
Also, the SyAF seems to be fairly short of pilots so supplying updated Su-24s will keep those pilots tasked with the vital CAS work as well as well motivated with better tools than they have now.
The US are now saying that the anti conflict hot-line is back in action.