Turkish F-16 shoots down a Syrian Mig-23

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Unread post23 Mar 2014, 18:53

A Turkish Air Force F-16 from Diyarbakir AFB in Southeastern Turkey shot down a Syrian Mig-23 today. Two F-16s were flying CAP along the Turkish-Syrian border when two Syrian Mig-23s approached. After several hails from the Turkish Air Defence Center, one of the MiGs returned, while the other proceeded and entered the Turkish air space, thus one of the F-16s fired a missile and shoot it down. The MiG-23 pilot was reported to have ejected from the aircraft and is safe.

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Unread post23 Mar 2014, 20:22

Oh Boy! And Syria was warned before, and they also claim that they were on a patrol recon due to rebel presence in the area.
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Unread post23 Mar 2014, 20:27

Pictures of the fallen MiG-23 from national news media:
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Unread post23 Mar 2014, 20:28

Is the report clear that it was a Viper that brought it down? Some news reports here in Norway were vague on whether a Viper or air defence battery brought it down?
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Unread post23 Mar 2014, 20:39

Turkish General Staff declared
one of the 2 CAP F16s fired a rocket to the Syrian airplane according to the rules of engagement at 13:14 . Syrian airplane have been shot and downed 1200 m south of the border region named Kesep. Shot down of the plane had been confirmed by army units at the border.
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Unread post23 Mar 2014, 20:55

I wonder if this was an AMRAAM or Sidewinder? It seems like it was a BVR launch?
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Unread post23 Mar 2014, 21:11

Boman wrote:Is the report clear that it was a Viper that brought it down? Some news reports here in Norway were vague on whether a Viper or air defence battery brought it down?


A few mainstream news sources are quoting the Turkish PM for what that's worth:

http://m.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-26706417

"A Syrian plane violated our airspace. Our F-16s took off and hit this plane. Why? because if you violate my airspace, our slap after this will be hard," he said.
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Unread post23 Mar 2014, 23:02

Live broadcast by HaberTurk which appears to have caught the moment of the plane's crash live on video.



And here's an image as posted on Twitter
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Unread post23 Mar 2014, 23:35

Thanks for the Images guys, great help.
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Unread post24 Mar 2014, 20:35

Lot of information but nothing about AIM-9 or AIM-120. :?
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Unread post24 Mar 2014, 23:56

AIM-9 Sidewinder, according to Turkish newspaper Milliyet.
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Unread post25 Mar 2014, 08:42

mgelevli wrote:A Turkish Air Force F-16 from Diyarbakir AFB in Southeastern Turkey shot down a Syrian Mig-23 today. Two F-16s were flying CAP along the Turkish-Syrian border when two Syrian Mig-23s approached. After several hails from the Turkish Air Defence Center, one of the MiGs returned, while the other proceeded and entered the Turkish air space, thus one of the F-16s fired a missile and shoot it down. The MiG-23 pilot was reported to have ejected from the aircraft and is safe.

http://www.f-16.net/f-16-news-article4844.html


Not much of a contest an ancient Mig-23 versus a Block 40/50 Viper. In fact very foolhardy on the part of the Syrian pilots. If you're conducting a mission near a hostile border surely it would be wise to keep an eye on radar and your current position.
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Unread post25 Mar 2014, 14:33

Perhaps this is another example of the now famous, or infamous, "Syrian lead turn."
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Unread post25 Mar 2014, 19:04

Anyone know the serial number (and squadron) of the Viper that brought it down?

As for MiG-23's being stupid enough to take on Vipers, this will all come down to pilot and aircraft mods done :wink:
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Unread post26 Mar 2014, 04:14

The Syrian Mig-23 was shot down by a TuAF F-16 from the 181. Sq ''Pars'' (Panther) Squadron.
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