BEIRUT, LEBANON (12:45 P.M.) – The Identification Friend or Foe (IFF) System is not to blame for the downing of the IL-20 reconnaissance aircraft off the coast of Syria on Monday evening, the Spokesperson for the Russian Ministry of Defense, Major General Igor  Konashenkov, said this morning.

Maj. Gen. Konashenkov said that there were no precedents for transferring Russian IFF systems to other states, including the Syrian Arab Republic.

“The IFF system of state recognition is strictly individual for each state, and even for weapons and military equipment exported from Russia within the framework of military-technical cooperation, it has never been installed. All this fully applies to the domestic air defense systems delivered to the Syrian Arab Republic,” Konashenkov said.

Furthermore, the IFF system that is used by the Russian military is only used by aircraft and air defense systems that are Russia.

“The IFF system of state recognition used by Russia is only used by aircraft and air defense systems identified as Russian. There have never been any precedents for the transfer of such a system, together with Russian identification codes, to another state, and in principle cannot be,” Konashenkov added.

Both Syrian and Israeli leaders have offered their condolences for the death of the 15 Russian servicemen, while also blaming one another for the downing of the IL-20 aircraft.

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n.md.148
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blame should go to – israhell, the illegitimate entity which loves carrying out illegal actions – war criminals to the max while non zio countries like syria and palestine are being oppressed

Ivan
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Ivan

Israel is the only country that thinks it’s not Israel’s fault (in public, but in secret they know it was preplanned).

Daeshbags-Sux
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n.md.148 : c’mon, you pefectly know your want to genocide all of them, so does everyone. Don’t try to justify your deeds, there’s just a few things you shouldn’t expect with Israelis : 1.) Leading ’em to the slaughter like sheeps, too bad, you face the Iron Lion Zion, the same Bob Marley sung about (true Rastafaris are the Ethiopian Jews). 2.) That they will help you to succeed in your Shoah 2.0 plots. Actually, they won’t even let you start, they’ll come to get you before. 3.) Syria isn’t oppressed by Israel, the SHTF happening here is coming from… Read more »

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ziad welds

do you really think being a Zionist saynim resident troll on this site is making any diffrence other than making ppl hate israhell even more? juts f**k off already you k**e

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ziad welds

i know the working principal of IFF is to identify what radar is looking at in order to avoid being a target but i still do not understand what the general was saying here? can someone please explain?

bob
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yes, the IFF system is “not to blame” because IT WASNT THERE !
The russians didnt gave the syrians IFF capability.

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He says that they are not installing their IFF system to exported SAM systems, which is logical….. But maybe not so logical for theatre like Syria

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AresXtremE Nemesis

It is logical. Because country which you sold weapons can modify your IFF code, and target just your jets easier.

Daeshbags-Sux
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Codes are changed before each flight, cyphered and unique, and transmitted inside the IADS, and SyADF is linked with Russian IADS.
You don’t hack IFF so easily : it’d take hours and hours if not days or months of brute force, as all unique code, by the time you did it, the asset has long landed.

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ziad welds

that makes no sense to me ,if you export missiles to other countries then would you not want to make sure that they can never be used against you?

Daeshbags-Sux
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Daeshbags-Sux

He’s saying they didn’t transmitted the IFF codes to their allies = Syrian air defenses can’t recognise their Russian allies!
In other terms, it was a grave negligence since SyADF couldn’t distinguish Il-20 from F-16!!!!!

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gzman501 .

Well, that answers my questions about IFF. I can’t really understand why they would not transfer their codes in this instance, as they are operating in the area continuously. There must be reasons, obviously.

Daeshbags-Sux
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Wrong!
Not specific to states : all NATO and other allies participating any coalition, e.g. CJTF/OIR, actions in Libya or ex-Yugo where non NATO states were implied, recognise by using joint IFF!
This is the standard procedure between allies for obvious reasons!
If Russia didn’t communicated IFF to Syrian air-defenses, they only can blame themselves for the downing of Il-20!
How to be so stupid?????????

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George King

You really should see a professional about your Yom Kippur Syndrome Sux. You can escape stupid instead of projecting it at others. Good Luck

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Basically, for Il-20 they did not even need an IFF. This flight was planned in advance, reported and lasted for a while. The operating center had to mark this plane as friendly since the beginning of its flight, and also the S-200. IFF is essential to identify the identity of the suddenly appeared aircraft, which Il-20 certainly was not. In other words, IFF serves only to mark the aircraft, but that aircraft can still be defeated by the AD system. In this case, either the Syrian S-200 fault or the target was properly determined, but the Israeli F-16 escaped to… Read more »

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Matija Tomac

Whom to believe? The Russian MOD or some ziotroll?

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ziad welds

title is wrong,,it should be “or” not “of”