TGP footage of Syrian Su-22 shot down by USN F/A-18E

On Sunday 18th June 2017 a U.S. Navy F/A-18E Super Hornet shot down a Syrian Su-22 after the Soviet-era fighter-bomber dropped munitions near U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces fighters, U.S. Central Command officials confirmed.

The strike was believed to be the U.S. military’s first air-to-air kill involving manned aircraft in nearly two decades. The last known such instance was when a U.S. Air Force F-16 Fighting Falcon shot down a Serbian MiG-29 in 1999 during the Kosovo campaign.

“A Syrian regime SU-22 dropped bombs near SDF fighters south of Tabqah and, in accordance with rules of engagement and in collective self-defense of Coalition partnered forces, was immediately shot down by a U.S. F/A-18E Super Hornet,” the command said in a release.

The attack comes after pro-Syrian forces attacked SDF fighters in Ja’Din, wounding a number of SDF fighters, officials said. The town is south of Tabqah and a known area where U.S. works with Russia to deconflict the airspace.

Here is TGP footage of Syrian Su-22 shot down by USN F/A-18E

References: Military.com

Should the North Korea be Afraid of F-35

The first squadron of 16 planes arrived at Japan’s Iwakuni Marine Corp Station in January. They took part in the Foal Eagle military exercise in South Korea that just ended, where they made bombing runs on simulated North Korean missile bases.

The F-35 “Lightning” is the most advanced fighter in the American inventory. It comes in three models, The F-35A, which is the air force version; the F-35B for the marines and F-35C naval version. The Marine version is capable of vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL).

The F-35 can reach speeds of up to Mach 1.6, or nearly twice the speed of sound. It’s stealth design and coating of radar absorbents make it practically invisible. It is the first so-called “Fifth Generation” stealth fighter in the region.

References : Asia Times

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