BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:45 P.M.) – British fighter jets were seen approaching the main Russian airbase in western Syria earlier today, the Russian publication Avia.Pro reported.

According to the Russian publication, British Eurofighter Typhoon fighter jets were spotted flying west of the Hmeimim Airbase, raising the alert levels of the Russian Armed Forces in Syria.

“A few hours ago, British Eurofighter Typhoon fighters were first spotted. According to preliminary data, combat aircraft were even seen in Syrian airspace during a certain unknown military operation, while being only a few tens of kilometers from the Russian military airfield,” the publication reported.

Despite the presence of advanced Russian air defense systems in Syria, foreign military aircraft completely ignore the existing threat, flying even in the affected area of ​​short-range air defense systems.

Among other things, experts drew attention to the fact that along with the British Eurofighter Typhoon fighter aircraft was the Airbus KC-3 refueling aircraft, which indicates a long flight, and, obviously, confirms the fact that combat aircraft was moving through the territory of Syria.

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At some point Syria’s going to have to defy Russia and start defending itself. If Russia won’t eliminate threats Syria needs to.

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at Eric, Syria was not attacked – why defend? EU is not Israel or Turkey that constantly harass neighbors.

EU acquis borders to Syrian waters. There was no military action of an inimical far off nation but a routine visit of a neighbor. It is not custom to fire in such instances. Even if they would fly over the border by mistake you just voice protest.

There was no Syrian or Russian communique in this case – so the planes did not cross into Syria.

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The usual spy visit along the coast. Likely the Russians did not even switch their tracing radar on. Else they would know more.

Flight just outside territorial waters are custom to trigger radar. Nothing new or dangerous. Perhaps new to the area?

p.s. They fly along the borders of the EU acquis which has to do with Turkish aspirations not with Russian presence. avia.pro apparently does not inform about the spat about Cyprus resources. EU treaties have mutual defense clauses. The reactivation of Cyprus airfield is more recent IMHO than the beginning of the Syrian oil and pipeline war.

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Brit Typhoons are permanently based in Cyprus. It’s normal having them patrolling/ding drills there. UK also has deployed F-35B here, thanks to Turkish illegal actions. +++ “while being only a few tens of kilometers from the Russian military airfield,” =>Avia.Pro against proves his incompetence! Hmeimim airbase is only 4km from the shore. Territorial waters are 12NM = 22.24km… A few tens km = more than two = at least 30km +++ “combat aircraft were even seen in Syrian airspace during a certain unknown military operation” => Being a few tens km = not in Syrian airspace. If these entered the… Read more »

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At death 2, Airbus A330 MRTT (Multi-Role Tanker Transport), also is known as KC-30A (Australia), Voyager KC2/KC3 (Vereinigtes Königreich aka UK) und Phénix (France). They at avia.pro merely mixed designations. Perhaps to satisfy a layman public.

Flights just outside territorial water are custom to trigger radar. Nothing new or dangerous. Perhaps new to the area?

They fly along the borders of the EU acquis which has to do with Turkish aspirations.