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Report: Russia Sends Hypersonic-armed Fighter Jets to Syria for Naval Drills

February 18, 2022

by: JNS

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A Russian Air Force Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-31

Friday, 18 February 2022 | Russia sent MiG-31K fighter jets with hypersonic Kinzhal missiles and Tupolev Tu-22M bombers to its airbase in Syria for naval exercises, reported Interfax news agency on Tuesday.

The forces are headed to the Hmeimim Air Base southeast of the city of Latakia, Syria, and will take part in exercises in the Eastern Mediterranean.

Rob Lee, a military expert at the Foreign Policy Research Institute, told Reuters that Russia sent fighter jets with Kinzhal missiles for the first time last year after expanding the runway at the base.

The Russian Defense Ministry announced last month that joint Russian and Syrian air-force patrol missions along the Golan Heights would take place in southern Syria near Israel and over the Euphrates River in northern Syria.

Israeli observers said this represents significant messaging from Moscow over its intentions.

Posted on February 18, 2022

Source: (This article was originally published by the Jewish News Syndicate on February 16, 2022. See original article at this link.)

Photo Credit: Dmitriy Pichugin/Wikimedia Commons/JNS.org

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