Monday, August 17, 2015
Place this blog entry in the strange but true category?
Foxhound MiG-31 aircraft delivered to the despot Assad of Syria.
An acquisition I find to be most strange indeed.
"Turkish media report Russia's shipment of six MiG-31s to Syria; no comment from Rosoboronexport"
"BRUSSELS. Aug 16 (Interfax) - Russia has shipped six Mikoyan MiG-31 fighter aircraft to Syria under a 2007 contract, a Turkish English-language news website, BGN News, reported on Sunday."
"The website claims the aircraft have already landed in Damascus."
"Under the contract, which was signed in 2007, Moscow is to deliver a total of eight MiG-31 fighter jets to Syria, BGN News says."
Foxhound MiG-31 strictly an air defense [AD] warplane with strategic and operational capability admittedly most formidable.
BUT NOT a warplane that can operate where Assad most needs such an asset, at the tactical level, close-air-support!!
Foxhound based on the original MiG-25 Foxbat airframe. Foxhound as modified to include:
* Stretched fuselage.
* An additional crewmember/weapons officer.
* Advanced avionics.
Foxhound again STRICTLY DESIGNED AND DESIGNATED AS AIR DEFENSE. AT THIS EXACT MOMENT IN TIME THIS IS HARDLY WHAT ASSAD NEEDS OR WOULD WANT!!