As Western Journalism reported today, Russia has moved the Sukhoi SU-35 S super flanker to its airbase in the Syrian Latakia Province. The SU-35 is the world’s most dangerous fighter plane after the US-made F-22.
The move came as the Russian/Iranian coalition is seeking to win its first major victory in Syria by recapturing Aleppo, the largest city in the country.
The SU-35S arrived in Syria last week and on Sunday fresh video evidence was released that showed the fighter jet already participates in the airstrikes against opposition forces in the warn-torn country.
To get an idea about the plane’s impressive capabilities, the video below, published in January 2015 shows the introduction of the fighter plane during Russia’s biennial super air show and arms bazaar MAKS.
Russia has already installed the S-400 surface to air missile system that virtually controls all air traffic in Syria’s airspace. It uses two airbases in Syria to carry out an increasing number of airstrikes that prepare the way for ground offensives in northern and southern Syria.
The Russians have also equipped their SU-34 fullback fighters with air to air missiles after the downing of a Russian warplane by Turkish F-16 fighter jets in December 2015. The deployment of the SU-35S increases the striking capabilities of the Russian air force in Syria and must be seen as a warning to Turkey, as well. Russia will not tolerate another attack on its air force by Turkey.
You can watch video images of the SU-35S in northern Syria here:
h/t: Foxtrot Alpha