2012-01-05

SyAAF News


New photo for a SyAAF Mig-23ML in Krasnodar air base taken on Aug. 2010.


An aerial image for Krasnodar overhaul facility dated Aug. 2009 shows two SyAAF Mig-23's having similar camo to the above one.


A nice shot for a SyAAF Mig-23BN releasing free-fall bombs, was taken during the live fire maneuvers last month, thanks to Adi for drawing our attention to this great shot !!


Gazelles also joined in the same maneuvers carrying the French-German made ATM HOT.

5 comments:

  1. MORE GEMS...
    THE MIG-23. I THINK THE AIRCRAFT SEEN LINED UP AT ALEPPO MUST BE EVALUATED AND SENT TO KRASNODAR FOR MAJOR REFURBISHMENT AND UPGRADE. THIS PRESUMBALY CANNOT BE DONE IN SYRIA.
    THE PAINT JOB LOOKS AMAZING AND THE AIRCRAFT AS IF ITS JUST LEFT THE ASSEMBLY LINE FOR THE FIRST TIME. iN REALITY IT IS PROBABLY MORE THAN 25 YEARS OLD.
    THE MIG-23BN. THAT MUST BE THE FIRST SHARPISH PICTURE SEEN OF ONE OTHER THAN THE COCKPIT SHOTS SEEN ON A YOU TUBE GIRL SYRIA SAF VIDEO.
    WHERE DID THESE STILLS COME FROM?

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  2. SIG, in my opinion, this Mig-23 in this photo is not of those ones delivered from Belarus and lined up in Aleppo AB.
    Note that Belorussian ones are either MLD or UB, but this here (which appeared also in few photos dated 2007) is ML variant.
    The absence of any serial # is realy confusing...3 options are passing my my mind:
    - is it realy an old Mig-23 already served for SyAAF and overhauled here?
    - or it was a demo from Krasnodar overhaul facility to persuade SyAAF HQ to purchase some 23's from their stored inventory..!?!?
    - or as you said it's one of the bellorussian's migs?

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  3. Interesting analysis RS.
    I really do not think that Aleppo can upgrade old Migs to anywhere near the standard of the specialists in Russia or the Ukraine. I think there is a certain level of upgrade which cannot be carried out within Syria such as state of the art cockpits .Maybe replacement of old or damaged parts and certain structural parts and mechanisms which have expired or are beyond their hours can be carried out at Aleppo. The East European companies have been upgrading for decades, have economies of scale and a world market to exploit and ready access to all those East European companies which supply OKB MIG and SUKHOI with all the necessary compnents. It would be a logistic nightmare for a ME country to try and assemble or produce all those components.It does take a very sophisticated economic technical sector to be able to upgrade a fighter jet.Also the costs of such upgrades would be cheaper if carried out by a company which has a big production line working on aircraft from around the World. I am not aware of any Syrian upgrades being applied to any other countries aircraft. As for the aircraft being a 'demonstrator' for the SAF to consider , whether for purchase or as a test bed for upgrade I would be really surpised as this aircraft has not only had the SAF insignia applied but has the full ME camo scheme . I dont think the SAF windowshops in this way however...As for the absence of Arabic Numbers I dont think these are applied until the aircraft return to Syria as individual numbers are rather more sensitive than National insignia.It does look pristine, and I would really love to know its full story and history.

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  4. Syrian BN!!, awesome photo RS, really awesome.

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